Impact


Higher performance on smaller scales

We apply our considerable expertise in radio frequency (RF) engineering and electromagnetic capability (EMC) to develop high-performing radios such as simultaneous cellular (3G/4G), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth operation.

Our ability to engineer robust RF performance despite seemingly impossible size constraints plays a crucial role in delivering the hardware and software breakthroughs our clients demand.

Examples of our work include the 1.6GHz transceivers used in the Iridium satellite network, low-latency 5GHz transceivers for controlling industrial robots and VHF/UHF air traffic control transceivers.  

Experience


Signal success

Our experience covers virtually every aspect of radio and communications development, from fundamental research through to new product introduction for large volume manufacture.

Our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to partition functionality and performance to the part of the system where it is most cost effectively delivered, such as the antenna system, the radio electronics, a custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or digital signal processing (DSP) software. 

Antenna simulation

As devices shrink, accommodating the components required and delivering the desired wireless performance – the antenna in particular – become increasingly challenging.

We provide complete antenna simulation, design and testing in high-performance electromagnetic chambers to ensure that these considerations are part of the development process from the outset.  

Implantable & body-worn devices

We have specific expertise in the interaction between electromagnetic waves and human tissue, making us uniquely able to accurately predict the impact of the human body on real-world antenna performance.

We use a number of multi-layered human body phantoms in wearable and implantable antenna development. Multiple recipes of tissue-simulating liquids allow us to closely mimic the electric properties of actual tissue over a wide range of frequencies. 

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.

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.

Electronic production
 

Electronic production

Our flexible, responsive and agile manufacturing facilities are ideally suited to electronic and electromechanical product builds, enabling us to very quickly set up short product runs built to an extremely high quality. We can build our own PCBAs using industrial representative equipment and ensure manufacture-ability during design. Having our own EPD facility is also extremely helpful in development, driving out DfX activities in eCAD, and feeding test results back into the design process from an early stage.

Case studies


 

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.

 

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.

 

Smart gas meter

Using a fresh approach, we designed an energy efficient, future proof unit smart gas meter for one of Europe’s largest engineering companies, optimised for mass manufacture and ease of installation.

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

News & insights


Opinion

Blockchains: how to take advantage of crypto chains without being hostage to speculation and crypto kittens

19th December 2017

Forget about Pokémon Go. That is so 2016. The latest craze is CryptoKitties – a “crypto-pet” breeding and trading game built on the Ethereum blockchain. Its players have so far spent over 15 million...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital security
  • Radio systems
Opinion

What’s it worth? 5G and a new approach to spectrum valuation

18th August 2017

With a number of 5G spectrum awards on the horizon, it seems like the right time to reflect on the way in which it is awarded

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Digital services
  • Radio systems
Opinion

What links drone racing, groceries and 5G?

12th May 2017

Drone racing looks really cool, particular the First Person View (FPV) stuff - it’s Star Wars made small and real. Not convinced? Check this out.  Fun, right? I’m a Senior Consultant in our Wireless and...

  • Radio systems
Press release

Low-cost IoT breakthrough

23rd February 2017

A wireless technology breakthrough enables Cambridge Consultants to create the world’s lowest cost IoT network

We can help you achieve the impossible