Rapid prototyping platforms like mbed have made it possible for countless people with brilliant ideas to design and develop the devices of their dreams, even without specialized skillsets. mbed has become a very capable software and services platform for IoT development, and supports a wide range of MCUs already. However, only Silicon Labs offers low-power MCUs.
Why worry about low-power MCUs? If you’ve been working on the mbed platform, you know that there’s a distinct trade-off between the performance level of your MCU and the amount of energy it uses. Now, with low-power enabled MCU power-management APIs from Silicon Labs, you don’t have to compromise anymore. You get the same or greater power, without the energy drain on battery life that so often accompanies it. And that opens whole new vistas for creativity and development, especially in the IoT world. The battery life of your application can improve significantly, or maybe you want to swap out that big battery for a smaller one, in order to get the form factor just right. It is all up to you.
How does it work? Technically speaking, new power management APIs developed in collaboration between ARM and Silicon Labs, allows mbed to determine the optimal energy mode the application can go to based upon the current peripherals in use, and this can dramatically reduce system-level energy consumption. Low-energy optimization is achieved by enabling I/O operations to be executed in the background and by allowing those operations to continue even while the MCU core is in sleep mode or during other processing tasks.
Or you could just watch the video for a demonstration of how the new APIs reduce energy consumption and boost battery life.
Why wait? Get started today and build the low-power IoT of the future!