IoT portfolio covers Matter, Sidewalk, Wi-SUN, and Wi-Fi 6
Silicon Labs has announced a slate of new products that further extend its multiprotocol-supporting, interoperability-driven, and robustly-secure portfolio with new products to advance the innovations and trends shaping the IoT including Matter, Amazon Sidewalk, Wi-SUN, and Wi-Fi 6.
In the opening keynote of at the Silicon Labs annual Works With Developer Conference, Silicon Labs CEO Matt Johnson detailed how the era of the Internet of Things is here, and through its breadth of technologies, depth of expertise, and focus on the IoT wireless market, Silicon Labs has ascended to the leadership position in pure-play IoT.
“By 2025, it’s estimated that there will be 27 billion connected IoT devices, roughly 3 or 4 devices per person on the planet,” said Silicon Labs CEO Matt Johnson. “By focusing our Series 2 product offerings and roadmap on connectivity, interoperability, power efficiency, and security, Silicon Labs is positioned to be in each and every one of those devices.”
The Series 2 SoC family was developed under the premise that as the IoT matured, instead of looking for point solutions, the market would be looking for IoT platforms that combine hardware, software, security, tools, and support. The prediction has proven true, and Silicon Labs has nearly doubled its IoT revenue since the first member of the Series 2 family debuted in 2019. Today, Silicon Labs builds on the success of Series 2 with the expansion of the family to include four new products:
- Complete Matter development products providing support for Matter over Wi-Fi, Matter over Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) commissioning, and Matter bridges to Zigbee and Z-Wave, all in advance of the expected release of Matter 1.0 this Fall.
- The first end-to-end development platform with complete connectivity support for Amazon Sidewalk. The Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk offers differentiated security with Secure Vault™, sub-gigahertz (GHz) and Bluetooth LE connectivity, and the software and tools for Sidewalk device makers, designers, and developers to get to market faster.
- A new flagship SoC and power amplifier for Wi-SUN, the FG25 SoC and EFF01 Front End Module (FEM), respectively, which when used together, are designed to provide a sub-gigahertz (GHz) transmission range of up to 3 kilometers in dense urban environments with no data loss.
- A Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth LE SoC family, the SiWx917, which is designed to be the lowest power, longest battery life Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth LE combination SoC in the industry.
One of the biggest drivers for the new era of IoT will be the Matter standard, which will provide a unifying application layer to bring together multiple smart home ecosystems. To accelerate the adoption of Matter and to fulfill that vision, today Silicon Labs is announcing a portfolio of hardware and software Matter offerings that provide complete, end-to-end Matter development kits for all ecosystems and wireless protocols.
Announced and made generally available earlier this year, the central component of the platform is the Silicon Labs 2.4 GHz wireless MG24 SoC for Bluetooth and multiple-protocol operations and supports Matter over Thread. The MG24 has an effective range of up to 200 meters indoors for OpenThread while enabling Bluetooth commissioning of new devices on the same chip. When the MG24 is combined with the ultra-low power Silicon Labs RS9116 Wi-Fi product, it enables development of Matter over Wi-Fi 4 with an easy transition to a Wi-Fi 6 single-chip Matter SoC in 2023.
All the Silicon Labs Matter products bring the industry’s best IoT security with Silicon Labs Secure Vault™.
The Silicon Labs Unify SDK, the only multi-protocol software development platform for Matter Border Routers, provides the tools to bridge Matter to other IoT platforms, including Zigbee and Z-Wave, and Silicon Labs Simplicity Studio and GSDK provide developers a single development environment for enabling Matter on wireless devices and seamlessly connecting them to their desired ecosystem.
So no matter the protocol – Bluetooth, Thread, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, or Z-Wave – Silicon Labs offers hardware, software, and development tools to enable developers to bridge their products to Matter and all the major smart device ecosystems. The MG24 Matter-ready SoC, RS9116 Wi-Fi SoC, the multiprotocol Unify SDK, Simplicity Studio, and the Gecko SDK are available today for developers and designers to begin designing Matter-ready products using the wireless protocol of their choice.
Industry’s first complete wireless development kit for Amazon Sidewalk
Silicon Labs is also announcing they’re extending their IoT leadership with Amazon Sidewalk, the community network powered by millions of everyday IoT devices found in communities and organizations, by offering an end-to-end development platform: The Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk.
The Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk comprises low-power, high-performance wireless hardware for all Amazon Sidewalk protocols, including Bluetooth Low Energy, sub-GHz FSK and CSS, software SDKs, and security. The Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk comes with a pre-flashed software image and AWS pre-registration, providing developers with a quick start to Amazon Sidewalk development, saving them days in setup. Simplicity Studio, the integrated development environment (IDE) for all Silicon Labs technologies, guides developers through the entire Amazon Sidewalk development journey from start to certifying finalized code into a guided, end-to-end process, maximizing innovation and working efficiency. By working together with Silicon Labs, Amazon is better able to scale their Amazon Sidewalk development from concept to launch, saving time and resources for IoT device makers.
“We are working with Silicon Labs to enable developers to build devices and experiences powered by the secure, ubiquitous, and always-on community network that we are building in Amazon Sidewalk,” said Tanuj Mohan, General Manager and Chief Technology Officer at Amazon Sidewalk. “The new Amazon Sidewalk Pro Kit from Silicon Labs streamlines the development process, so developers can deliver innovative products with Amazon Sidewalk’s enhanced connectivity at scale.”
Silicon Labs is working with Oxit and New Cosmos USA on the first gas alarm running on the Silicon Labs Amazon Sidewalk platform — a connected DeNova Detect natural gas alarm that can provide real-time gas leak alerts. With Oxit, an IoT design services company based in North Carolina, New Cosmos USA will be adding this new alarm to their large portfolio of devices that help save lives. With Amazon Sidewalk, the new alarm will benefit from reliable, long-range, low-bandwidth coverage, extended battery life, and no network connectivity costs.
The Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk is sampling today, with general availability planned for 2H 2023.
New FG25 SoC and EFF01 FEM for secure long-range smart city connectivity
To help address the growing need for intelligent, connected devices in cities and other municipal environments, Silicon Labs is announcing the new FG25 SoC and its complementary RF power amplifier, the EFF01.
Built to be the flagship SoC for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) like Wi-SUN and other proprietary sub-GHz protocols, the FG25 SoC combines a powerful ARM Cortex-M33 processor with the most internal memory of any SoC in Silicon Labs’ portfolio. This large pool of internal memory, combined with Silicon Labs’ scalable Wi-SUN Field Area Network (FAN) Border Router 1.1, enables FG25 deployments to scale to hundreds of thousands of nodes. Ideal for smart cities, this ability to scale will allow city planners and municipal engineers to connect streetlights, cameras, weather stations, smart metering, utility transmission systems, and more together to enable data-sharing and optimization between city services to improve their efficiency, save costs, and offer more ways for citizens to interact with and get more value from municipal services.
Also launching with the FG25 SoC is the EFF01 RF Front End Module. Designed to amplify the power and transmission range of the FG25 SoC, the EFF01 FEM doubles the effective range of the FG25, allowing it to operate with minimal data loss at a range of up to 3 kilometersi in dense urban environments. The FG25 and EFF01 are currently sampling with customers and are anticipated to become generally available in Q4 2022 and Q2 2023, respectively.
Secure, ultra-low power Wi-Fi 6
Deloitte’s “2022 Connectivity and Mobile Trends Survey” found that the average US household has up to 22 connected devices. That number is expected to grow. But with this greater density comes additional challenges that Wi-Fi 6 is designed to address with features that provide the capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance required by users in demanding Wi-Fi environments.
To meet those challenges, Silicon Labs is announcing the new secure ultra-low power SiWx917 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth LE combination SoC. The SiWx917 is a single-chip solution that is Matter-ready, includes an integrated applications processor, and offers industry-leading energy efficiency, making it ideal for battery-powered or energy-efficient IoT devices with always-on cloud connectivity.
In addition to SiWx917’s Wi-Fi 6 support for high-performance in dense wireless environments, it includes a dual-core architecture, a quad-thread ThreadArch® processor for wireless connectivity, and an ARM Cortex M4F for user application processing. It also integrates embedded SRAM, FLASH, an AI/ML accelerator, an enhanced PSA Level 2 certifiable security engine, and a power management subsystem in a single 7×7 package. The SiWx917 is a fully integrated SoC designed to deliver exceptional compute power, faster machine learning processing, best-in-class security, enough memory to run wireless stacks and applications, and ultra-low current consumption for long battery life. This can help users reduce development costs and device footprint, future-proof their applications, and accelerate time to market.
The SiWx917 is currently sampling, with general availability anticipated in early Q3 2023.