Ready to use radio module for mesh networks

Würth Elektronik has launched Thetis-I, a ready-to-use radio module for Wirepas mesh networks. Thetis-I is based on the Nordic nRF52840 chipset and the proven proprietary 2.4 GHz radio module and is targeted at IoT device manufacturers. Networks with technology from Wirepas, the Finnish software provider, are described as self-healing and freely scalable

The radio module is said by Würth to be energy efficient and offers a choice between low-energy and low-latency modes. The module, which measures 8 x 12  x  2 mm, can be configured remotely using Wirepas Commander software. It supports authentication and encryption, stand-alone or host-controlled operation. Each device with a Thetis-I radio module can also act as a router which means no further infrastructure is required for mesh communication.

Würth Elektronik also offers developers the Thetis-I evaluation kit. It contains an evaluation board, a USB radio stick and three sensor nodes. Use of Wirepas Commander software means this kit can be operated and configured directly via a PC.

The range of potential applications can be tested using the evaluation kit, as the Wirepas technology is said to enable easy connection to well-known cloud platforms. The slim evaluation board allows a controller board to be connected for developing applications. A battery-powered sensor board equipped with Wsen-Pads pressure sensor and the Wsen-Hids humidity sensor provides an application example for a mesh network.

Thetis-I and the evaluation kit are now available from stock and there is no minimum order. Tailored firmware versions can also be supplied on request.

Würth Elektronik manufactures electronic and electromechanical components for the electronics industry and is a technology company that spearheads electronic solutions. The company is one of the largest European manufacturers of passive components and is active in 50 growing number of customers worldwide.

The product range includes EMC components, inductors, transformers, RF components, varistors, capacitors, resistors, quartz crystals, oscillators, power modules, wireless power transfer, LEDs, sensors, connectors, power supply elements, switches, push-buttons, connection technology, fuse holders and solutions for wireless data transmission.

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