With their longer range, low power and low cost, proprietary wireless protocols for sub-GHz connectivity offer many advantages over other standard protocols. In this Tech Talk session, Silicon Labs field applications engineer, Chris League, explains why developers should consider using proprietary sub-GHz solutions for their IoT applications. Click here to watch the entire session and register now for future Tech Talks. Highlights from Chris’s presentation are below.
When a standard protocol does not fit your use case, or when your design has unique requirements, proprietary networks can be the right solution. With proprietary protocols, you can design specifically for your use case, thus reducing memory and processing requirements and resulting in lower power and lower development cost. Additionally, proprietary networks are innately more secure than other standards-based protocols due to the hidden nature of their of data rates, modulation, and packet structure. These parameters are more widely known for standard protocol networks, making them more vulnerable to security threats.
Proprietary wireless solutions are ideal for the following applications:
One advantage of using sub-GHz frequencies in your designs is longer range. Sub-GHz radio waves can easily pass through walls and other obstacles and can bend around buildings with much lower attenuation. Sub-GHz frequencies also have less interference than the 2.4 GHz band, which is crowded with colliding signals from other radio sources such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices. Less interference means fewer retries, which saves battery life. Because batteries with long shelf life chemistries can be one of the most expensive part of a system design, the energy-saving advantages of using sub-GHz can mean a significant cost-savings for developers.
Why Silicon Labs for Proprietary Sub-GHz?
With 12 years of experience and trusted partnerships with market leaders in metering, security, lighting, home and industrial automation, Silicon Labs is a leading expert in proprietary wireless networks. Our extensive portfolio of Wireless SoC solutions and RF transceivers offers excellent link budgets up to 148 dBm for long-range connectivity, superior performance in the presence of blockers, industry-leading integrated +20 dBm power amplifiers (PA), and fully featured radio configuration software and networking stacks.
Our advanced software and development tools enable developers of all skill levels to simplify wireless and MCU design. The Flex SDK is a complete software suite for proprietary wireless applications. It includes an easy-to-use Radio Abstraction Interface Layer (RAIL) API, a feature-rich and scalable Connect networking stack, sample applications and extensive documentation. The Simplicity Studio IDE includes a powerful suite of tools for energy profiling, configuration and wireless network analysis, as well as demos, software examples, documentation, technical support and community forums.
Getting started is easy with the Quick Start Guide for Flex SDK, and we offer all the support you need with the right tools, supporting documentation and numerous examples.