ANT+ and Texas Instruments connect proven ultra low power sensors to smartphones

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ANT+ and Texas Instruments connect
proven

ultra low power
sensors to smartphones

TI’s WiLink™ family is the first to deliver ANT+ communication on a connectivity combo
solution to accelerate time
-
to
-
market for handset manufacturers to deliver
interoperable
sport, fitness and health
personal monitoring products

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD
CONGRESS



February 15, 2010


ANT Wireless, a division of
Dynastream Innovations

Inc. (ANT
) and Texas Instruments

Incorporated

(TI)

(NYSE:TXN)

today
announce
d

the connection of ANT+ sensors to mainstream mobile phones with the WiLink™ series of
multi
-
prot
ocol chips. Demonstrating on the WiLink 6.0 WLAN/
Bluetooth
®
/FM single chip solution, t
his
strategic combination

of superior ANT+ functionality and highly

integrated silicon results in the industry’s
first
seamless capture and transmission of physical data
from the body to the internet. Leveraging TI’s
connectivity leadership in the smartphone market, Dynastream is expanding its reach of the ANT+
sensors into the handset market. Existing devices based on WiLink solutions can enable ANT with a
simple software

upgrade
,

to connect to the many available ANT+ sensors today. In addition to providing
support on the WiLink 6.0 solution, ANT+ support is extensible to the newly announced WiLink 7.0
offering, which is the industry’s first WLAN/GPS/
Bluetooth
®
/FM single c
hip solution.


ANT provides a simple, low cost and low power solution for short range wireless communication in both
point
-
to
-
point and more complex network topologies with multiple masters.


Adhering
to
the

ANT+ profile
further ensures the interoperabil
ity and accuracy that standardizes ANT+ products.





“Working with ANT and the established ANT+ ecosystem allows us to expand today’s smart phone
applications with an improved, more connected user experience,”
stated
Eran Sandhaus,
director

of
m
arketing
,

TI’s wireless connectivity s
olutions

business unit. “We are excited about extending our WiLink
platform and low
-
power RF solutions to support ANT. Device manufacturers designing with our WiLink 6.0
solution can leverage the protocol today to enable mobil
e handsets to connect with existing and future
ANT+ mobile sport, fitness and health applications.”


Major brands have adopted the ANT+ interoperable standard and currently distribute

some 250
commercially
-
available
ANT+
products and
many
millions of node
s to the market.
All products are based
on a combination of the already released ANT+ device profiles and supported by the extensive
infrastructure of the ANT+ Alliance.


“We are thrilled to launch this mobile solution with TI, optimizing both their stro
ng industry footprint and
the value of ANT+,” declared Brian Macdonald, Director, ANT Wireless. “This is a pivotal advancement
that allows cell phone providers to immediately partner with best
-
in
-
class brands and deliver innovative
products right away.”


In addition to technologies on display this week,
TI
,

together with Dynastream
,

is also developing ANT
ICs for the sensor market. The CC257x series of ANT ICs is expected to sample to selected customers
later this year
, further extending TI’s commitment to

enable ultra low power connectivity.




ANT+
and TI
will be demonstrating wireless heart rate, foot pod
,

weight scale and blood pressure sensors
running on the TI WiLink 7.0
solution and the Zoom™ OMAP34x
-
II mobile development platform

at the
Mobile World Congress, February 17 and 18


Hall 8,

Booth #
8A84
.



Availability

Handsets leveraging the WiLink family of solutions supporting ANT
-
enabled technologies are expected to
be available third quarter 2010.






###

About ANT / ANT+


(
www.thisisant.com

)

ANT

is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra
-
low powe
r (ULP) practical wireless networking
applications.

ANT+

facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices and the collection, automatic
transfer and tracking of sensor data.


Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health
monito
ring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats,
channel parameters and network key. The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of companies
who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The A
lliance ensures standardized
communications through optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products.


ANT/ANT+ offer a superior ultra low power wireless technology solution that is:

-

Mature, stable and proven with extensive infrastruc
ture (development and manufacturing tools)

-

Low cost solution (membership, development, certification, chips, etc)

-

Ultra low power solution (offering longer battery life than comparative protocols for the same data
through put)

-

Capable of complex netw
ork topologies with multiple masters

-

Available now a leading multi protocol (WiFi/BT/FM/ANT) chip for use in cell phones and other mobile
hub devices


The company behind A
NT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998
and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin International Inc. in December 2006. Dynastream is
based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and

development of inertial
and wireless technology.


www.dynastream.com



About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new e
lectronics that make
the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates
through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go
to
www.ti.com
.


Media Contacts:

Dynastream/ANT Wireless: Catherine Aylesworth













Phone: +1 403 932 9292 ext 226













Fax: +1 403 932 6521





















Cell: +1 403 966 1335





















E
-
mail:
catherine.aylesworth@thisisant.com

www.thisisant.com



Texas Instruments: Amy Drozd





Phone: 214
-
567
-
7513















































E
-
mail: a
-
drozd@ti.com

www.ti.com


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and WiLink
are trademarks of Texas Instruments Inc. All other registered trademarks and
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