Speeding innovation for industry
Success | Micro-nanoelectronics
Leti innovation stories
Ultra-wideband, or UWB, is known for precision
and energy efficiency. However, the technology
has not been able to offer the ranges required for
use in industrial environments. BeSpoon, founded
in 2010, worked with Leti to develop an UWB
circuit capable of overcoming this hurdle. The
circuit features high receiver sensitivity and can
also transmit nanosecond pulse radio signals and
measure “flight time” (the time it takes for a signal
to make a round trip between two chips) to within
eighth-of-a-nanosecond accuracy. The company’s
innovations are protected by seven patents.
BeSpoon equips 4.0 industrial facilities with fixed
beacons and tags placed on objects like batches of
manufactured products, forklifts, robots, or drones,
for example. The objects’ locations can be viewed
in real time on a display. BeSpoon’s solution has
been implemented at the Trumpf Smart Factory, a
sheet-metal manufacturing plant in Chicago.
The technology can also be used in team sports to
track athletes. The information gathered can then
be used to improve the athletes’ performance.
Resources and skills
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.