Nestwave demonstrates low power GPS for IoT

February 26, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nestwave demonstrates low power GPS for IoT
Nestwave, a Paris-based startup, has developed ultra-low power, advanced global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) IP for use in IoT applications, and is demonstrating it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in collaboration with Cadence by leveraging their Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP platform.

When integrated with an IoT modem such as NB-IoT, Cat M1, LoRa or Sigfox, the Nestwave low power, high accuracy GPS IP offers low-cost geolocation for emerging applications such as asset tracking, smart factories, and smart cities, without the need for an external GNSS chip.

“After several years of development and based on a number of key signal processing breakthroughs, we believe Nestwave is well positioned to provide a best-in-class solution for low power IoT applications where position awareness is key,” says Rabih Chrabieh, CEO at Nestwave.

“The Fusion F1 DSP is gaining traction with customers as a platform for low-cost, power-sensitive IoT communications standards like NB-IoT,” said Gerard Andrews, director of marketing for Tensilica products at Cadence. “The completely software-based GNSS solution from Nestwave will allow our modem customers to add accurate position-based services to their modem platforms with minimal impact to their bill of materials.”

The Cadence Tensilica Fusion F1 DSP is ideal for low-cost IoT applications requiring a single processor core that is proficient at both DSP and control-code workloads. Developed on a highly configurable architecture, the Fusion F1 DSP is specifically designed to excel at “always-on” processing, including wake-on-voice and sensor fusion applications. Additionally, the Fusion F1 DSP instruction-set architecture is very efficient at running narrowband wireless communications standards like BLE, Thread, Zigbee, 802.11ah, NB-IoT, and GNSS.

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