UC San Diego Engineers Design New Low-Power Wi-Fi Chip for IoT Devices

Smaller than a grain of rice, UCSD’s chip enables devices to communicate with networks using 5,000 less power than today’s Wi-Fi radios.

Electrical engineers from UC San Diego have designed a new Wi-Fi radio chip that’s smaller than a grain of rice and consumes 5,000 times less power than current Wi-Fi radios, which the engineer’s state could be used for IoT devices, wearables, and smart home setups. The tiny chip can allow smart devices to connect with existing Wi-Fi networks at a rate of two megabits per second while using just 28 microwatts of power.

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