Dynamic multiprotocol software slashes connectivity hardware BOM

November 06, 2017 //By Julien Happich
Silicon Labs has released a 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.

The multiprotocol solution enables advanced functionality for IoT applications without incurring the additional complexity and hardware cost of a two-chip architecture, reducing the wireless subsystem bill-of-materials (BOM) cost and size by up to 40 percent, according to Silicon Labs.

The 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.

The new 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.

It is available now to customers using Silicon Labs’ EFR32MG12 and EFR32MG13 Wireless Gecko SoCs and associated modules.

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