Ready for mass integration, LiFi could be in smartphones by 2022: Page 2 of 2

March 07, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Ready for mass integration, LiFi could be in smartphones by 2022
Catching up with pureLiFi’s CEO Alistair Banham during Mobile World Congress (MWC), eeNews Europe got a glimpse of the future.

“We now have the right components at the right size and the right cost to have discussions with big OEMS for the integration of LiFi on their roadmap” the CEO said. We were not given to see the discrete optical components (IR emitter and receiver) as their actual packaging and size were deemed too sensitive information to be shared publicly, but Banham had the parts ready to expose to key customers. “All the big brands are querying us about integration, QoS is a big bottleneck for operators”.

“We own the design of the optical components, we have our secret sauce to package the photosensor with the emitter and the analogue circuit, and we will further integrate those”, the CEO said.

Example of a LiFi infrastructure.

The IEEE 802.11bb standard for light communication is expected to be ratified in 2021, ASICs will then be designed to drive LiFi products and pureLiFi expects to integrate all the necessary components between 2021 and 2022 so it could ship devices in volume in about three years’ time.

Talking about the competitive landscape, Banham says the market for LiFi is being created right now, and the more competitors the better to help grow the market size. “But from what our customers say, we are pretty advanced in terms of integration and data rate. Of course we don’t know what’s in the kitchen of others”, the CEO concluded.

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