Impact


The connected ecosystem

The world has never been more connected – and the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has only just begun.

Each market category places its own specific technological demands on the connectivity solution. With technology advancing at a blistering pace and strong desire for differentiation, off-the-shelf solutions are rarely fit for purpose.

Having played a pivotal role in the creation and development of several major wireless technologies, we have an intimate understanding of the complex trade-offs necessary to create breakthrough connected devices and – crucially – the systems that support them. 

Experience


A legacy of leadership

Over many decades, we’ve delivered a steady stream of disruptive breakthroughs, from RF and satellite telecommunications to the world’s first wireless pacemaker and the ground-to-air radio system controlling over 50% of the world’s air traffic.

For evidence of our lasting impact, look no further than our billion-dollar spin-out company Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), the market leader in Bluetooth technology founded on the success of our ground-breaking development of the world’s first single-chip Bluetooth radio. 

Multidisciplinary

We have the world’s largest independent wireless development team, spanning radio frequency, communications protocol, digital signal processing, power-optimised analogue and digital electronic design, embedded software, user experience and mechanical design.

With this unparalleled breadth of skills, we are able to deploy the precise set of disciplines that are critical for each development. 

The world’s first fully digital radio

Having designed a series of best-in-class short-range wireless products, we created Pizzicato.

With decades of experience in software defined radio, we’ve recently eliminated all analogue processing from the silicon radio to dramatically reduce size, cost and power consumption. This breakthrough is enabling the creation of an entirely new class of IoT devices. 

The world’s first battery-less connected auto-injector

We’ve been building ultra-low-power connected devices since the market first emerged, from high-resolution activity monitors that run for weeks to low-power algorithms providing real-time feedback for sports professionals.

Our low-power obsession led us to develop the award-winning KiCoPen – powered entirely by energy harvested from the motion of removing and replacing the cap.

Tech, tools & facilities


Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

Appcessory toolkit
 

Appcessory toolkit

This lightning-fast scoping and feasibility software platform allows us to very quickly model a connected device, saving time, preventing costly missteps and ensuring optimal performance. Taking key requirements as a starting point, we can estimate the dimensions and cost of the PCB and rapidly see how a range of design decisions influence the complex trade-off between factors such as size, power, battery life, radio range and more.

EMC test chamber
 

EMC test chamber

Our fully-shielded ETS-Lindgren anechoic test chamber is suitable for a wide range of EMC and RF testing, which is essential for new devices. It allows us to test for unwanted radiation and susceptibility to interference at an early stage with the results fed directly into product design, rather than later on when changes will be expensive to implement.

Rapid software development
 

Rapid software development tools

We employ a range of rapid software development tools specifically designed for fast connected product development. Specific tools include FSMGen and Datascript.

Case studies


 

Analog devices smart car park monitoring

Paving the way for low-cost, real-time sensing for smart buildings and smart cities, using machine vision and a low-cost processing platform

 

Pizzicato fully digital radio transceiver

Enabling a new era in digital radio and IoT devices, through a dramatic reduction in radio size, cost and power consumption.

 

Ofcom: review of developments in IoT

Independent analysis to inform future regulatory priorities and forecasts

 

Wireless charging for implants

Near-field, inductively coupled design for deep tissue neuromodulation system.

News & insights


Opinion

Nintendo Switch: real-world wireless visualisation

11th June 2018

It’s well understood that the number of connected devices will grow exponentially over the coming years. The most disruptive innovation will see connectivity introduced to traditional non-wireless products, or elements of products...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
Opinion

Sensing the need for cockpit innovation

30th May 2018

There’s a lot written about new sensors that are used in cars to make them more autonomous or safer. LIDAR, radar and externally facing cameras are often mentioned. However, in the automotive market...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI
Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

The future is bright for AI in automotive

22nd May 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in automotive is well established in self-driving cars.  But how far can AI stretch beyond advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and play a much wider role in enhancing...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI

Events


Event

Connected Britain 2018

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Business Design Centre, London, UK

Connected Britain is the premier meeting place for all the main stakeholders to come together and discuss, learn and collaborate on the UK’s digital future.

Event

Bluetooth World 2018

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Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California

Working together with Synapse, a Cambridge Consultants company located on the US West Coast, we have created a global product development powerhouse, delivering breakthrough innovation for many of the world's most recognizable brands.

Event

CEATEC Japan 2018

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Makuhari Messe, Makuhari, Japan

Join us as exhibit for our second year at CEATEC – a global showcase for Japan’s growth and vision of the ultra-smart community of the future. CEATEC brings together the frontrunners in a wide range of industries to...

Event

TU Automotive Detroit 2018

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Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Detroit

TU-Automotive Detroit is the perfect platform to showcase our expertise to the evolving automotive technology market as telematics, connected car, mobility and autonomous cars converge. Cambridge Consultants will be exhibiting for the first time at the exhibition. 

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