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.

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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


Opinion

Complex beauty tech: three simple strategies for meaningful impact

16th April 2019

Succeeding in beauty tech is hard. New technologies are exciting to look at and talk about. Products that succeed can always answer this one fundamental question: ‘So what?’

  • Augmented reality & virtual reality
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Sensing
  • Service design
Report

Identifying breakthrough innovations that will transform the supply chain

22nd February 2019

Products are incorporating increasingly complex technology, putting greater pressure on the supply chain. As a result, gaps are forming and the risk to reputations and revenues is growing through issues such as...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Data science & analytics
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Tracking & location
Press release

Announcing Verum: a platform to reshape healthcare delivery

6th November 2018

Verum remotely monitors patients and provides AI-powered predictions around medical conditions. Verum can unlock efficiencies in clinical trials by eliminating the effect of stress.

Press release

Mamut: The autonomous robot in the field of agritech

11th March 2019

Mamut explores crop fields, capturing granular data on health and yield on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut will bring new efficiencies to food production, enabling growers to predict and optimize yields.

Events


Event

TU Automotive Detroit

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Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Detroit, USA

TU-Automotive Detroit is the world's largest auto tech conference and exhibition, shaping the future of connected auto mobility.

Event

Silicon Valley AgTech Conference

13th May 2019
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA

We’re pleased to be gold sponsors of the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference; we’ll be showcasing our latest developments in AI-enhanced machine vision and our autonomous data collection platform.

Event

Connected Britain 2019

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Business Design Centre, London, UK

Experts from across Cambridge Consultants will be leading discussions at Connected Britain - the largest gathering of connectivity professionals in the UK.

Event

Pharmaceutical R&D Informatics Summit 2019

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TBC, Vienna, Austria

For the second year in a row we will attend and be part of the Pharmaceutical R&D Informatics Summit programme. At this year’s event, Jaquie Finn, Head of Digital Health, will present the upcoming transformation of clinical trials and how this can be achieved.

We can help you achieve the impossible