Intel made several announcements at MWC 2015, including a new chipset for wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi) in mobile devices. This new chipset, the 8270, include in-chip support for indoor location positioning. Below we explain their technology and show a video of it in action. With this announcement, Intel joins Broadcom, Qualcomm and other chip makers in moving broad indoor location positioning into mobile device hardware.
The transition of indoor location positioning into chips is a trend identified in the newest Grizzly Analytics report on Indoor Location Positioning Technologies, released the week before MWC 2015. By moving indoor location positioning from software into hardware, chips such as Intel's enable location positioning to run continuously and universally, without using device CPU, and with less power consumption.
Intel's technology delivers 1-3 meter accuracy, using a technique called multilateration, generating a new location estimate every second. While 1-3 meter …
Recent years have seen a constant increase in the speed at
which software innovations reach market. One day’s new concept can be the next
day’s innovative mobile application, the following day’s ten competing mobile
applications, and the day after that’s built-in phone feature.
In hardware, however, innovation tends to go slower. Addition
of new hardware chips or components to smartphones, for example, are a constant
worry for smartphone manufacturers, who need to be 100% certain that the new
innovation won’t in some way hurt the other functions and components of the
Does adding a new chip affect in any way the electrical
signals between the other chips? Does a new wireless component affect the radio
waves of the core phone or wireless components? Do signals to or from a new
antenna hurt the performance of other antennas in the device?
Early cellphones and smartphones often had concerns of this
sort. Some early smartphones did
not include vibrate-mode because the shaking int…