It has been a few weeks since the Super Wi-Fi & Shared Spectrum Summit, and we are finally getting the chance to re-cap and share our experience with you. The Super WiFi show was part of the IT Expo held at The Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Jim Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless Technologies, attended the show.
At this year’s event, we shared an exhibit booth with the White Space Alliance. There was a noticeable increase in the amount of attendees with an awareness of and interest in TV White Space. Jim was steadily involved in discussions with IT Expo and Super WiFi audiences explaining the benefits of TV White Space and the advancements we have been able to achieve over the last year. There was a clear strong interest coming from consumers outside the U.S. looking to set up TV White Space deployments internationally. This was especially true for Africa, which has risen to the spotlight in recent years for their leading position in TV White Space / rural broadband implementations at education centers throughout the continent.
At the show, Jim partook in in two panel discussions. Audience members hailed from around the world and various industries – from manufacturing, to politics to educational groups.
The first panel Jim spoke on was titled “In the Chips”. Along with Carlson Wireless, there were manufacturers represented from Broadcom, Texas Instruments, MediaTek, Hitachi, Adaptrum, and Saankhya Labs – both on the panel and in the audience. During this discussion, Broadcom expressed optimism towards their 802.11af chipset that should be ready for the market place in 2016 – 2017. MediaTek’s E.F. Chang was also in attendance, and announced their goal to have a base band chip for 802.11af by 2016 as well. Texas Instruments is also making chips, but with a different approach. Their chips are generic, but will support software defined radios and are intended for use in base station radios. Saankhya Labs, another chip maker, also sat in on the panel, and discussed the ASIC chip that they are creating exclusively for the RuralConnect Generation 3 product. Jim explained that for this next generation device, we will be consolidating baseband services all into one ASIC, which will eventually cut product costs in half.
The second panel Jim spoke on was “Battle of the Devices”. Representatives from Adaptrum and Hitachi Kokusai Electric also presented on this panel. Each company talked about their experiences in the marketplace over the past year, and Adaptrum discussed details of their current and past deployments. Jim talked more about our RuralConnect Generation 3 product, which is in a continuous state of development. The design for this next product will follow what is needed to stimulate the world market, which requires hitting our next level of price/performance goals. We will be able to cut the price substantially from what it is now, while simultaneously obtaining more than three times the bandwidth.
This is an exciting time for TV White Space as more key players in the industry start to get involved in the success of this technology. Through the significant increase in booth traffic and panel attendance, it is clear this market is on track for a momentous launch. Read more about our TV White Space Radio, RuralConnect, here: https://carlsonwireless.com/ruralconnect/