Pre-certified modules accelerate time to market, says Silicon Labs
Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread and multi-protocol modules from Silicon Labs reduce time-to-market for secure smart home, building and industrial automation applications.
The pre-certified wireless modules are claimed to be the only modules in the industry with full stack support for multi-protocol solutions to enable commercial and consumer IoT applications. y offer package options and integrated device security.
“Silicon Labs has mastered the challenges that come with adding wireless connectivity to IoT devices,” said Matt Saunders, vice president of IoT marketing and applications at Silicon Labs. The modules allow IoT device makers to get pre-certified and secure wireless devices quickly to market.
The integrated modules are available in multiple package options including system in package (SiP) and traditional PCB versions. SiP modules contain miniaturised components that remove the need for complicated RF design and certification by opening space-constrained IoT designs to module-based solutions, says Silicon Labs. PCB modules enable flexible pin access and additional options to extend RF performance.
The xGM210PB features Secure Vault, the ARM PSA Level 2-certified IoT device security, as well as dynamic multi-protocol support for Bluetooth, Zigbee, and OpenThread and supports Wi-Fi co-existence. It is optimised for IoT applications, such as connected lighting, gateways, voice assistants and smart meter in-home displays, xGM210PB modules offer up to +20dBM output power and better than -104dBm sensitivity.
The BGM220 is one of the world’s smallest Bluetooth modules, says Silicon Labs, and the first to support Bluetooth Direction Finding. The integrated, pre-certified Bluetooth 5.2 module delivers up to 10 years’ operation on a coin cell battery, making it suitable for appliances, asset tags, beacons, portable medical, fitness, and Bluetooth mesh low-power nodes.
The MGM220 is a low-power, low-cost module for lighting controls, building and industrial automation sensors as well as Zigbee Green Power and energy harvesting applications.
Finally, the BGX220 Xpress includes an on-board Bluetooth stack, Xpress command interface and pre-programmed cable replacement firmware to deliver serial to Bluetooth LE with no need for firmware development. The modules are suitable for industrial applications including human machine interface (HMI) devices, addressing size, safety, and environmental challenges.
The modules are supported in the free-of-charge Silicon Labs Simplicity Studio 5 integrated development environment (IDE), which has software stacks, application demos and mobile apps, network analyser and patented energy profiler. Developers can also use simple APIs from Silicon Labs Xpress modules.
Samples, production quantities and development kits for all four modules are available now.