As more things become smarter by connecting to the Internet, developers face some challenges. The growth of wearable technology means smaller form factors, which also means smaller batteries and therefore some power constraints. This is also true for other applications, which require embedded machine to machine (M2M) solutions to power the connectivity and battery life necessary.
Silicon Labs is a provider of mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) to enable the merge of the analog and digital world as we near the Internet of Things. It will be showcasing its latest solutions for the IoT that help solve these challenges for developers, including energy-friendly ARM (News - Alert)-based microcontrollers, ZigBee and sub-GHz wireless connectivity solutions, high-accuracy sensors and next-generation embedded development platform in a few weeks at Embedded World 2014.
The IoT is generating so much hype because of the data and value these connected devices can provide. Smart meters do more than just measure power consumption – they enable utility companies to communicate in real-time, proactively shut down heavy load appliances and optimize costs. The connected home is more than just entertainment solutions: Home owners can more efficiently manage their energy and water usage, ensure security systems are active and more efficiently use the data around the home to create a more proactive, productive lifestyle. Sensors, MCUs, wireless networks and actuators all make up the IoT that delivers these benefits and data, and Silicon Labs sets out to provide these solutions with the IoT in mind.
Included in Silicon Labs’ 32-bit microcontroller family is the EFM32 Gecko MCU, which powers battery-powered IoT and wearable computing applications, the EFM32 Zero Gecko MCUs, which are the world’s lowest-energy 32-bit MCUs, and Si106x/8x s wireless MCUs, which address the power and space constraints of battery-operated, wirelessly connected devices. The Zero Gecko MCUs can be combined with sensors to create smart home, smart energy and security applications for the IoT that can sense temperature, relative humidity, ambient light, intrusion and gestures, all within the extreme power constraints required for long battery life.
“The embedded industry recognizes that 2014 will be the year of the Internet of Things,” said Geir Førre, senior vice president and general manager of Silicon Labs’ microcontroller products, in a statement. “The next wave of connected devices will require energy-friendly MCUs that extend battery life to months and years, wireless solutions for both mesh networking and point-to-point connectivity, and a profusion of low-cost, highly accurate sensors that deliver invaluable data to help make our lives easier, safer, healthier and more enjoyable. These silicon solutions exist today, and Silicon Labs is eager to share them with developers at Embedded World.”
Edited by Cassandra Tucker