AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) has released new dynamic multiprotocol software for its Wireless Gecko system-on-chip (SoC) and module portfolio, enabling simultaneous operation of Zigbee® and Bluetooth® low energy (LE) on a single SoC and bringing together the key application benefits of both protocols. This multiprotocol solution enables advanced functionality for Internet of Things (IoT) applications without incurring the additional complexity and hardware cost of a two-chip architecture, thereby reducing the wireless subsystem bill-of-materials (BOM) cost and size by up to 40 percent.
Dynamic multiprotocol software allows users to commission, update, control and monitor Zigbee mesh networks directly over Bluetooth with smartphone apps. The software also makes it easier to deploy scalable indoor location-based service infrastructure by extending Zigbee-based connected lighting and building automation systems with Bluetooth beacons. By adding Bluetooth LE features to Zigbee mesh networks, developers can create next-generation IoT applications that are easier to deploy, use and update.
"Multiprotocol technology is the future of wireless connectivity for the IoT. Silicon Labs' multiprotocol software and Wireless Gecko SoCs enable Schneider Electric to create products that support Bluetooth LE and a variety of mesh wireless standards," said Nico Jonkers, Senior Vice President of the SmartSpace line of business at Schneider Electric. "This flexibility lets consumers and installers use familiar tools like smartphones and tablets to interact with connected devices for installation and updates while maintaining the integrity of Zigbee mesh networks. Our smart home offering, Wiser, takes full advantage of this flexibility to deliver simple installation and a robust mesh network."
Examples of applications that benefit from Silicon Labs' multiprotocol software include:
"Leveraging our Wireless Gecko SoCs and modules with dynamic multiprotocol software, developers can transform connected devices into intelligent, multifunction applications that drive automation, accelerate smart device adoption and deliver next-generation capabilities for the IoT," said Daniel Cooley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs. "Providing multiprotocol Zigbee and Bluetooth connectivity on a single chip also reduces design costs, simplifies software development, improves life-cycle management and accelerates time to market."
Silicon Labs' dynamic multiprotocol software is powered by highly optimized wireless protocol stacks and an advanced radio scheduler running on Micrium OS. The software development kit (SDK) is available in Simplicity Studio and includes a connected lighting demo supported on selected Wireless Gecko starter kits and mobile app reference designs.
With 15 years of experience in mesh networking and more than 100 million deployed nodes, Silicon Labs is at the forefront of bringing advanced, multiprotocol wireless solutions to market. Silicon Labs is also a leader in Bluetooth innovation, delivering ultra-small Bluetooth system-in-package (SiP) modules and multiprotocol SoCs that support Bluetooth LE commissioning as well as Bluetooth mesh connectivity. Silicon Labs provides comprehensive software tools and stacks to simplify mesh network and Bluetooth development.
Pricing and Availability
The new multiprotocol software is available now to customers using Silicon Labs' EFR32MG12 and EFR32MG13 Wireless Gecko SoCs and associated modules. Contact your local Silicon Labs sales representative or authorized distributor for EFR32 Wireless Gecko SoC and wireless module pricing. To get started, download Silicon Labs' multiprotocol software and order Wireless Gecko SoCs, modules and development kits by visiting www.silabs.com/dynamic-multiprotocol.
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