TI is also launching a location app, with iBeacon technology for its CC2541-based SimpleLink SensorTag development kit, as well as a low cost, small form-factor broadcaster reference design based on the CC2543. The CC2543 is a low-cost version of CC2541 optimized for beacons and broadcast applications.
The app allows engineers to upload a floor plan and “place” SensorTags to easily set up an indoor positioning system. The app provides feedback on how near users are the SensorTags and can launch a user-specified URL when they are in the immediate vicinity of a SensorTag. Additionally, existing SensorTags can be updated with the latest SensorTag App through an over-the-air upgrade to be compatible with iBeacon technology.
TI is also introducing a coin cell-sized, low cost and low-power broadcaster reference design that enables fast volume production of devices with iBeacon technology based on the SimpleLink CC2543. The SensorTag reference design is FCC-certified and includes Gerbers, schematics, layout, and BOM.