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


 

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system, Iridium Extreme PTT has provided the low-earth orbit leader with a valuable new revenue stream.

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

 

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.

News & insights


Press release

Smart implant breakthrough

16th November 2017

MagLense, a breakthrough in through body wireless power transfer, is set to revolutionise the world of medical implants and consumer wearables. The system provides flexible, efficient and safe wireless power transfer to...

Press release

Design awards roll in

1st February 2018

Cambridge Consultants’ world-leading design expertise recognised with two iF DESIGN AWARDS.

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants was a winner at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARDS...

Press release

Unveiling the world’s lowest power voice detection

24th April 2018

Ecoutez powers the future of voice recognition technology, from always-on voice personal assistants to the next wave of hearables

Opinion

Current progress with the Digital Health Software Pre-Cert Program

19th July 2018

The FDA is changing what is regulated and what not, and how.  New openings are arising out of the shift in this line.  In additional, medical devices are no longer just ‘devices’; Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) is a whole new, fast developing area. The FDA is shifting how to manage the regulatory burden, and shifting some of that burden back to industry. How this impacts how companies do business in this space is explored.

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Product realisation

Events


Event

Total Telecom Congress 2018

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Business Design Centre, London, London, UK

The Total Telecom Congress brings together leading executives from across the communication industry to explore how telcos must evolve to stay relevant in the digital economy. 200 speakers will explore the most important challenges the industry faces; from digital transformation strategies to bringing the customer to the centre of your business models; and delivering 5G networks to the role of AI in the new communications economy.

Event

Carriers World 2018

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Victoria Park Plaza, London, UK

For over 20 years, Carriers World has been at the core of the wholesale market, uniquely placed to help carriers understand where the opportunities lie to start developing strategies and building partnerships to ensure ongoing success.  Join wholesale operators, cloud/data centres, IPX providers, telcos and many more at the industry's most forward-thinking event.

Event

URLLC- ultra-reliable low latency communications 2018

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Sheraton Skyline Heathrow, London, UK

URLLC aims to open the dialogue between vertical industries, mobile network operators and solution providers in order to give practical insights into what are essential and also realistic reliability and latency parameters for the various verticals and then explore the means by which these can be delivered across part or all of the wireless network infrastructure and with what cost and engineering premium.

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.

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