60 GHz wireless demo at Venturefest

Blu Wireless at Venturefest, a one-day event showcasing Bristol and Bath’s most innovative and enterprising companies and start-ups. Blu Wireless provided a high-speed data link streaming video out from the conference centre into the main auditorium.

The Lightning 60 GHz wireless modem from Blu Wireless Technology is a 60 GHz active phased array antenna used to deliver electronic beam steering with 2×12 element antenna arrays for transmit and receive operation. Several channel bandwidths are provided up to the full 802.11ad channel width of 1760 MHz are supported with typical ranges of >200m at 1 Gbps.

The platform also includes a programmable FPGA engine for MAC and a LINUX-based embedded controller and is designed to be software upgradable in the field.

A network of ‘Lightning’ modules is currently being deployed as part of the Bristol is Open project and is expected to report first results by the end of 2015.