Large Japanese corporation licenses technology from 3db Access


Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions with 20,000 employees, and 3db Access AG, a young fabless semiconductor company based in Thalwil and specializing in secure ultra-wideband low power chips, announced a collaboration. The goal is to bring best-in-class secure access solutions to the connected smart home, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, mobile computing, and connected vehicle applications.


3db Access AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich established in 2013, provides accurate and secure ultra-wideband (UWB) positioning solutions that enable access to vehicles, buildings, tracking tags, IoT devices, and mobile payment applications. Renesas will license 3db UWB technology. The collaboration combines each company’s technical leadership in performance, size reduction, ultra-low power consumption, and security to deliver breakthrough multi-receiver UWB solutions to the global market.

“We are excited with the prospects of collaborating with 3db Access to provide our customers with the products and tools they need to quickly jumpstart their development for indoor positioning, mobile payments and asset tracking,” said Dr. Amit Bavisi, Vice President of Engineering, IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit at Renesas.

“We are proud that this collaboration recognizes the 3db advances in UWB technology and will bring precise and secure location capabilities to the large ecosystem of battery-powered wireless devices. Furthermore, Renesas’ broad range of customers and partner ecosystem will benefit from our breakthrough UWB solutions,” said Dr. Boris Danev, CEO of 3db Access. “The combination of 3db Access’ UWB domain knowledge and positioning products fits perfectly with Renesas’ embedded system processing and global market expertise.”

Renesas Electronics Corporation delivers complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, home electronics, office automation, and information communication technology applications that help shape a limitless future. The Japanese company has 20,000 employees and reported a turnover of close to $7 billion in 2019.

Renesas and 3db Access are discussing terms of business engagement that will enable the Swiss start-up to develop new UWB solutions for every market space, in addition to bringing existing UWB solutions to the Renesas portfolio.

(Press release /SK)