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Since the establishment of the network communication, more than three years ago, the first terminal product using its chip was mass-produced in October this year. The company has a team of founders from the chip maker Broadcom to create ultra-low-power IoT chips, and is actively taking advantage of the growing number of IoT applications.
At present, NetLink has offices in Taiwan, the United States and mainland China. The US office is even near the headquarters of Broadcom. The company has so far raised $15 million in funds, mostly for research and development. Lin Mingyou, CEO of the Network Association, said that Taiwan’s foundry capacity is very strong, while mainland China’s development and expansion of new areas is fast, and the domestic demand market is large. The company hopes to use the wireless communication technology capabilities of the United States, coupled with Taiwan’s semiconductor resources, to integrate software and IP, and to enter the Chinese market under the name of Opulinks Technology.
The OPL1000 developed by NetLink is the first terminal product to be adopted by customers, starting from medical applications. The company provides customized wafers, and is also responsible for some of the hardware and software design, product testing, etc. The disposable thermometers built by Chinese customers for their chips were mass-produced in October 2018.
Lin Mingyou mentioned an application situation, that is, if a child has a rest due to a fever at home, parents can put this networked thermometer on the child, and the sensed temperature data can be transmitted to the cloud or mobile phone; In the middle of the night, parents do not need to often get up and explore, as long as the child’s temperature exceeds the set temperature, the system will automatically notify. With this product, you can understand the temperature of children or elders at home even if they are not at home.
Developing OPL1000 took three years of network connection, and the development progress of follow-up products is gradually accelerating. NetEase’s next-generation chip OPL2000 is expected to be mass-produced in the first half of 2019. Relevant research and development has started from 2017 and continues to improve. performance. As for the updated OPL3000, the plan is to mass production from the end of 2019 to the beginning of 2020, and expand to the narrow-band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) related market.
In addition to the networked thermometer, the networked chip has been imported into the smart door lock development by the customer. The chip is not only responsible for transmission, but also acts as an application processor for the door lock system, which not only has better performance, but also saves power. At present, many smart door locks on the market often require a lot of batteries. At this time, power consumption is an important performance indicator. The goal of the network association is not to shorten the battery life due to the added value, nor to affect the original usage.
Lin Mingyou pointed out that the smart door lock is an important product and can be the main control role in the smart home field. Many large-scale system factories hope to launch a series of products, such as using smart speakers, which can turn on lights and control the objects in the home through sound, but in his opinion, the first thing to enter the family is to open the door lock, which can be used to trigger the next The steps that will occur at home, and when different family members open the door, the settings such as room temperature, lighting, and starting devices may vary.
In addition, people often go to the front of the door, often patrol the various switches at home, Lin Mingyou said, with a smart door lock, you can connect the device set at home, or when there is a package to send When you come, some of the access control is automatically turned on. Because the smart door lock can distinguish open members, it can even let parents know that the child is home. However, Lin Mingyou also said that the company’s chip will not push the remote unlocking function of the smart door lock once in place, but slowly, at the beginning, can the remote detection door be closed, or know When the market is getting used to it and believes in product safety, the unlocking function is introduced, and even which period can be set to open the door.
After leaving Broadcom, he started his own business. Lin Mingyou pointed out that the products made in the network are less than the ones in Broadcom, and they require less staff and funds. According to the experience, the network development product will first describe the product specifications and evaluate whether the chip will be used. After all, the development of the chip requires long-term investment and cannot make the wrong product. In the case of AI chips, it may be better to do something wrong, not to be slow, but the company’s product direction is not to make mistakes, rather slower, otherwise it will hurt the team and funds.