The new software enables simultaneous operation of ZigBee and Bluetooth low energy (LE) on a single SoC. The multiprotocol solution is offered as enabling advanced functionality for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and reducing the wireless subsystem bill-of-materials cost and size by up to 40 percent.
The software allows users to commission, update, control, and monitor ZigBee mesh networks directly over Bluetooth with smartphone apps. In addition, says the company, it eases deployment of scalable indoor location-based service infrastructure by extending ZigBee-based connected lighting and building automation systems with Bluetooth beacons, enabling the creation of next-generation IoT applications.
“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,” says 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.”
The software is powered by highly optimized wireless protocol stacks and an advanced radio scheduler running on Micrium OS. A software development kit available in the company’s Simplicity Studio IDE includes a connected lighting demo supported on selected Wireless Gecko starter kits and mobile app reference designs.
The new multiprotocol software is available now to users of the company’s EFR32MG12 and EFR32MG13 Wireless Gecko SoCs and associated modules.