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Spark, the Quebec technology that could replace Bluetooth

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It’s the bet of SPARK Microsystemsa Quebec company that has developed a microchip that connects electronic devices together more efficiently and uses less energy than the standard provides Bluetooth.

The technology, called Spark, relies on very short duration, spark-like pulses, rather than streaming waves. That’s where its name comes from.

[Les appareils] will work very little, and send waves only when absolutely necessary to transmit the informationexplains Frédéric Nabki, co-founder of SPARK Microsystems and professor of electrical engineering at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

Which is ideal, therefore, to save the battery of the devices: the technology consumes 40 times less energy than the Bluetoothaccording to him.

Performance in terms of transmission throughput and delay (latency) is also significantly higher, which makes it possible to envisage breakthroughs in the fields of video games, the Internet of Things (IoT) – the interconnection between the Internet and different objects – or even medicine, depending on the company.

If you listen to audio with Bluetooth, an audiophile will tell you that the quality is not there and will prefer to use a wire. »

A quote from Frédéric Nabki, co-founder of SPARK Microsystems
The professor holds between his fingers a semiconductor, which looks like a golden chip.

Professor of electrical engineering at the École de technologie supérieure Frédéric Nabki holds between his fingers a semiconductor, a prized part of the technology industry, whose stocks have been put to the test during the pandemic.

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Replace Bluetooth technology

SPARK Microsystems patented and marketed its microchip about 6 months ago, initially targeting high-tech areas that do not use Bluetooth technology due to its limitations.

For the applications you’re getting into right now, you can’t really compete with Bluetooth, because Bluetooth just doesn’t do the job.explains Frédéric Nabki.

However, the company, which has a team of fifty people, does have the ambition to conquer the planet and supplant Bluetooth technology.

It assures that its microchips are competitively priced, which suggests that they could appear in everyday electronic devices.

momentum enough for people to see products soon with our chip inside, for it to snowball, and for technology to become ubiquitous”,”text”:”The big effort is to create a sales team, and to come up with enough momentum that people can see products soon with our chip inside, that it snowballs, and that technology becomes ubiquitous”}}”>The bulk of the effort is building a sales team, and coming up with a momentum enough for people to see products soon with our chip inside, for it to snowball, and for technology to become ubiquitoussupports the founder of SPARK Microsystems.

He also assures that the company already has sales representatives in several countries.

SPARK Microsystems was born from the meeting between Frédéric Nabki and Dominic Deslandes in 2008, when they were both professors at UQAM. The company was founded in 2016.

This text was written from from an interview by Catherine Perrinshow host On the side of Catherine’s. Comments may have been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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