This week, we were excited to announce that our new EFR32xG22 (xG22) family officially hit the market. This new class of ultra-low-power and secure wireless solutions is optimized for a wide range of battery-powered or energy harvesting IoT applications. Based on an Arm Cortex M-33, xG22 solutions provide best-in-class device security, energy efficiency and RF performance to enable next-generation, high-volume connected products. For all the necessary tools to develop high-volume, scalable wireless IoT applications, check out our xG22 Wireless Starter Kit which supports Bluetooth, Zigbee and Proprietary wireless protocols.
If you’re interested in developing Bluetooth applications, we have an additional resource for you. Mohammad Afaneh at Novel Bits recently published a great guide for getting started with the new BG22 development kit. “With the increased demand for securing embedded devices, especially those with wireless connectivity capabilities…[BG22] provides an attractive platform for developing your next generation BLE product,” Afaneh said. Novel Bits is a leading resource for developers looking to learn more about BLE. In addition to the technical blog and tutorials, Novel Bits offers a Bluetooth Developer Academy to help you take BLE expertise to the next level.
To learn more, check out the NovelBits BG22 Getting Started Guide.
We’re excited to announce that our EFR32xG22 (xG22) family has officially hit the market! The new SoCs raise the bar for IoT wireless connectivity, delivering an optimized combination of energy efficiency, wireless performance, security features and software stacks to enable high-volume, battery powered IoT products. The xG22 family has something for everyone – supporting Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), Proprietary and Zigbee wireless protocols – and addresses core customer needs, including price targets. When we say these SoCs are “industry-leading,” we mean it. In fact, EFR32BG22 (BG22) was recently awarded Embedded World 2020 Best in Show by Embedded Computing Design!
xG22 SoCs feature exceptional energy efficiency, enabling devices to operate on a coin cell battery for up to ten years, combined with best-in-class radio performance. This market-leading IoT wireless connectivity solution is achieved by combining ultra-low transmit and receive power (3.5 mA TX at 0 dBm, 2.6 mA RX) and a high-performance, low-power Arm® Cortex®-M33 core (27 µA/MHz active, 1.2 µA sleep). See below for additional highlights:
You’re invited to join our upcoming hands-on virtual Bluetooth workshop to learn how to develop and deploy ultra-low-power, secure Bluetooth connectivity with the new EFR32BG22 SoC.
We're also making new development kits available to help get you to market quickly:
Dear valued customers and partners,
At Silicon Labs, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and their families, as well as our customers, suppliers and business partners. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities, we’ve put in place work-from-home policies, suspended business travel and implemented other alternative ways to drive our business forward during this unprecedented time. Our employees worldwide have access to secure remote-working technology and collaboration tools, enabling them to work effectively from home and other locations. These measures help safeguard the health of our employees while supporting day-to-day business operations with minimal impact on our customers’ supply chains.
We know you’re facing similar challenges, and we want to assure you that we’re in this together. We’re committed to keeping your businesses and ours up and running smoothly and are ready to support you 24/7 through online forums, virtual meetings, and more. We’re monitoring and operating our customer support channels from several locations around the world and remain committed to providing high-quality support throughout the duration of this situation.
As we navigate these difficult times, we must embrace the power of a truly connected world. We’re focused on doing the right things to take care of people everywhere while maintaining the high level of customer support you’ve come to expect from Silicon Labs. If we remain focused, supportive and diligent, we are confident we will all come through this stronger together.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
CEO | Silicon Labs
As a leader in IoT wireless solutions, we're excited to offer you the broadest range of wireless connectivity options – and today we’re further strengthening our wireless portfolio.
We’re thrilled to announce that we entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement of Redpine Signals' ultra-low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products. Their history of engineering excellence and world-class products aligns closely with our core values and will ultimately result in your success in the market.
By adding Redpine Signals' Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth Classic products, we can now offer a rich and comprehensive Wi-Fi portfolio for the IoT, enabling you to get to market quickly. The potential for Wi-Fi to drive future IoT applications is tremendous, and going forward, low-power Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is a key wireless technology. We look forward to accelerating our joint roadmap of Wi-Fi 6 that works in environments with hundreds or thousands of connected IoT devices. The additional Bluetooth Classic capabilities, including Extended Data Rate, will be ideal technology for your audio applications like voice assistants and smart speakers.
We value our customers, partners and engineering community, and we're eager to bring this innovative technology to you. Together, we are driving innovations for smart home, industrial IoT and commercial markets and building a smarter, more connected world.
You can learn more in our press release.
Historically, hackers breach networks or application servers and then move laterally into other systems. Now, we are seeing bad agents directly interfere with IoT edge devices - which often have a less secure attack surface, making it easier to access sensitive data stored on the device or in the cloud.
With this rapid change IoT developers are facing increasing pressure to step up device security and meet evolving regulatory requirements. But security isn’t always easy. In fact, both Gartner and Digicert did studies last year that showed security was their top challenge.
To help, we are excited to announce Secure Vault, a new suite of state-of-the-art security features including:
Not only does Secure Vault have industry leading technology. There are also business benefits of using chips with Secure Vault:
We are proud to continuing leading the way in the evolving world IoT security with Secure Vault. For more information about Secure Vault, visit silabs.com/security.
According to Mordor Intelligence, the global electronic shelf label (ESL) market value topped $581 million (USD) in 2019 and is expected to reach $1.82 billion by 2025. ESL technology enables cloud-based applications that enhance retail automation, shopper engagement and data analytics.
To help create a secure, scalable cost-effective solution for electronic shelf labels (ESL), we created a new family of secure, 2.4 GHz proprietary wireless system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices - EFR32FG22 (aka FG22).
Designed for power- and size-constrained IoT products powered by batteries or energy harvesting sources, FG22 provides a best-in-class connectivity solution for rapidly emerging retail applications.
Here are some highlights on FG22:
Other FG22 target applications include building security, industrial automation sensors and custom modules for commercial lighting. Our VP & GM of IoT Industrial & Commercial Products, Ross Sabolcik, shares more about FG22 in the video below.
For more information about our new FG22 SoCs, visit silabs.com/fg22.
Today we are pleased to announce support for the new Amazon Common Software (ACS) for Devices with our wireless SoCs and modules, enabling device makers to simplify and accelerate smart home product development. By combining Amazon’s powerful software development kits with our industry-leading wireless technology, designers can easily add connectivity and Alexa functionality to smart home IoT devices, such as LED lights and switches.
ACS provides a unified API integration layer, pre-validated and memory optimized components for common functions such as connectivity, a device porting kit (DPK), and multi-tier test suites to support integration of Amazon Device SDKs, giving developers more time to focus on product functionality.
We are providing Series 2 multiprotocol, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Zigbee® connectivity solutions, software development tools, reference applications and technical expertise, helping device manufacturers easily create connected devices that integrate with Amazon Echo products. Offering connectivity, processing and enhanced security features, Series 2 wireless SoCs and modules are designed to make IoT products more powerful, efficient, secure and reliable.
“As a leader in wireless IoT solutions, we see tremendous value in our expanded work with Amazon to provide a seamless experience for product designers and consumers,” said Matt Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs. “Amazon and Silicon Labs are both advancing smart home solutions for the IoT.”
Learn more about ACS here. We will also host an information session on ACS at the Works With Smart Home Conference in Austin, Texas, in September 2020. Visit silabs.com/workswith for more information. To learn more about Series 2 products and to order samples and development kits, visit silabs.com/series-2.
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Silicon Labs has decided to withdraw from exhibiting at Embedded World 2020 as a precautionary measure in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and following the guidance of leading health and government authorities.
We share the concerns of the global community as the coronavirus is affecting the daily lives of many people around the world. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our employees and their families, as well as customers, partners and other stakeholders.
We thank the NürnbergMesse GmbH for understanding this difficult decision.
Today we announced an exciting new expansion to our Zigbee portfolio: EFR32MG22. Designed for eco-friendly IoT products deployed in mesh networks, MG22 is the smallest, lowest power Zigbee SoC on the market today. Based on our award-winning Wireless Gecko Series 2 platform, MG22 SoCs are an ideal choice for a wide variety of applications including smart home sensors, lighting controls and building and industrial automation.
Optimized for Zigbee Green Power energy harvesting applications, MG22 SoCs provide a best-in-class connectivity solution for challenging, power-sensitive wireless applications. Zigbee Green Power technology can help address environmental concerns by reducing residential, commercial and industrial energy footprints, one IoT device at a time. To learn more about Zigbee Green Power, click here.
As a founding member of Zigbee Alliance, Silicon Labs has decades of experience in Zigbee technology and the largest number of Zigbee SoCs and modules deployed. For more information about our new MG22 SoCs, click here and check out the video below featuring Ross Sabolcik, our VP & GM of Industrial and Commercial IoT Products.
We’re joining forces with Rainus, Zliide and Quuppa at EuroShop, the industry’s leading retail trade fair, to demonstrate an asset tracking solution using Bluetooth® angle of arrival (AoA) technology for micro-location of merchandise on the retail floor. The companies’ joint demo is located in the Rainus Booth A15 in Hall 7 at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020, in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The demo showcases sub-1-meter indoor asset tracking with Bluetooth Low Energy and combines the following technologies:
Omnichannel strategies define the ability of retailer or consumer brands to collect consumer data, drive customer loyalty and improve customer retention. To create a seamless customer experience across all channels, retail infrastructure requires a connected environment to provide consistent pricing across channels, promotional offers, personalized communications and cross-channel inventory visibility.
According to Retail TouchPoints®, 87 percent of retailers report that creating a seamless customer experience across all channels is the most important business goal of their company’s omnichannel strategy.
“We are excited to see a rapidly increasing interest in developing various Bluetooth direction finding-based applications and services for the retail sector, improving the omnichannel shopping experience,” said Fabio Belloni, chief customer officer and co-founder of Quuppa.
“Efficient collection of customer insight data and complementary relationships among different sales channels are the paramount challenges for today’s retail industry,” said Morten Møgelmose, CEO and co-founder of Zliide. “By creating the world’s first intelligent security tag that can communicate with the customers’ mobile devices, Zliide aims to provide fashion retailers with a tool for effortless data collection while allowing their customers to smoothly transition between channels.”
“According to Gartner, 65 percent of enterprises will require indoor location asset tracking by 2022,” said Ross Sabolcik, vice president and general manager of IoT commercial and industrial products at Silicon Labs. “As the first wireless SoC supplier to support Bluetooth direction finding, we offer optimized Bluetooth silicon, software and development tools to help our customers design low-cost, low-power products to fuel the market with smart traceable products for the growing location positioning ecosystem.”For more information about our Bluetooth direction finding silicon, software and development tools, visit silabs.com/bluetooth-direction-finding.