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      • Design a Multiprotocol Device in 3 Hours

        Siliconlabs | 11/306/2017 | 08:30 AM

         

        Title: Design a Multiprotocol Device in 3 Hours

        Date: Tuesday-Thursday, December 5-7, 2017

        Time: 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

        Duration: 3-day workshop, for 1 hour each day

        With Silicon Labs' software and hardware, you can design a single product that supports multiple wireless connectivity protocols. During our 3-day online workshop, we will spend an hour each day developing a Bluetooth and Proprietary multiprotocol project with the new Thunderboard Sense 2.  

        Day 1 we will briefly discuss Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth stack and introduce Simplicity Studio. We will walkthrough developing a Bluetooth project using the GATT editor in Simplicity Studio.  By the end of the lab, we will use our Blue Gecko mobile phone app to modify the Thunderboard Sense’s RGB LEDs using the device’s GATT characteristics.

        Day 2 we will discuss Silicon Labs’ Flex SDK which allows the developer to implement their own proprietary wireless networks. We will walkthrough a lab using the Flex SDK’s RAIL library to transmit data across a proprietary network.  By the end of the lab, our goal is to update the RBG LEDs of multiple Thunderboards across a proprietary network.

        Day 3 we will discuss the Gecko Bootloader of the EFR32 chipset and how it’s architecture allows us to switch application images and wireless stacks.  Our final lab will combine the previous Bluetooth and Proprietary projects using the gecko bootloader. By the end we will be able to set the RGB LED values of a Thunderboard via Bluetooth then reboot it into a proprietary network to update surrounding devices on the network.

        Note: At least two Thunderboard Sense 2s are recommended to test a network on Days 2 and 3. However you can still walk through the labs using a single board.

      • September 2017 Member Spotlight: neal_tommy

        Siliconlabs | 09/248/2017 | 11:15 AM

        We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect with each other.

         

         

        Meet our September member of the month: neal_tommy

         

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        Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?

         

        I am a Robotics Engineer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I've always been interested in engineering, perhaps initially from young days dismantling old VCR players. I'd keep all the parts and try to build things from it. I don't do much engineering work as my day to day career, so my hobby keeps the robotics engineering alive.

         

        Q: How did you know about the Silicon Labs Community?

         

        I bought a Thunderboard Sense, and needed some help, and managed to find lots of answers online in the community. They've been a great help in the building of a project using the Thunderboard Sense Board. 

         

        Q: What features, products, services would you like to see in the future from Silicon Labs?

         

        More hobbyist type development boards that open up much of the software and hardware from a sensor, network and perhaps AI point of view. I know you are doing much of this already as the Thunderboard Sense (and software / resources) are already impressive.

         

        Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?

         

        Ask the questions you think are too stupid to ask. The community is vast, experienced and helpful. Yes, we were all newbies once upon a time. There are lots of people out there so more than likely there is someone at the same hurdle you are. 

         

        Q: Thanks for answering the questions. Any final comment?

         

        I'm looking forward to incorporating more Silicon Labs products into my upcoming projects and look forward to seeing the new products as they come out.

         

      • July 2017 Member Spotlight: funkathustra

        Siliconlabs | 07/200/2017 | 07:28 AM

        We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect with each other.

         

         

        Meet our July member of the month: funkathustra

         

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        Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?

         

        My name is Jay Carlson, and I’m an Electrical Engineering PhD student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (go Huskers!). I do a lot of freelance electronics engineering on the side. I got interested in engineering after taking apart my dad’s Apple II computer when I was 6 or 7 years old --- it never went together again, but I learned a ton in the process! When I was an undergrad, I started realizing how much creativity and outside-the-box thinking goes into engineering, and I’ve been able to integrate my other passions (design, music, photography … even craft cocktails!) into my work over the years.

         

        Q: How did you know about the Silicon Labs Community?

         

        While there are other places on the internet where smart people talk shop, the Silicon Labs Community is the only place that’s focused on specific Silicon Labs parts; it’s also the best place to snag an opinion from an employee at SiLabs – while I occasionally use the support ticketing mechanism, I find the forums are a little less stiff, and I like that other people who have the same question as I do can find the answers without opening their own support tickets. Saves everyone time!

         

        Q: What features, products, services would you like to see in the future from Silicon Labs?

         

        I was happy to see Silicon Labs commit heavily to the new EFM8 designs when they were introduced a few years ago. These 8-bit MCUs seem to be the perfect choice in so many of the projects I’ve worked on, so I’d love to see them keep innovating. For example, it’s one of the few 8-bit MCUs that has an internally-generated 1.8V core voltage --- a feature more familiar in high-end, modern ARM MCUs. I hope to see SiLabs continue to bring modern MCU design philosophy to their CIP-51 core EFM8s in the years to come!

         

        Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?

         

        Be bold, clear, funny, and compassionate – no matter what you’re talking about. There’s a lot of people from all over the world on the forums, with all sorts of different backgrounds. There’s university students who have no idea what a “pull-up resistor” is, and there’s old, crusty EEs that have been around the block once or twice before. When you ask a question, be compassionate toward the people from whom you’re asking for help, and try to frame your post so an outsider to your project would understand. When you’re answering someone’s question, understand that in addition to a knowledge gap, there could be a language or cultural barrier as well. Whatever you do, be bold, and make 'em laugh. We’re all in this together – might as well have fun while we’re at it, right?

         

        Q: Thanks for answering the questions. Any final comment?

         

        I don’t think so – this was fun! Thanks!

         

      • Webinar: Extending Bluetooth with Mesh Networking

        Siliconlabs | 07/198/2017 | 07:38 AM

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        Title: Extending Bluetooth with Mesh Networking (EMEA)

        Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

        Time: 10:00 AM Central European Summer Time

        Duration: 1 hour

         

        Mesh networking is a new topology available for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) devices that enable many-to-many (m:m) communications. It's optimized for creating large-scale node networks and ideally suited for lighting, home automation, and asset tracking. Bluetooth mesh benefits many IoT systems with its ability to reduce system power consumption, extend communication range, increase scalability, improve network reliability, and optimize device-to-device communication responsiveness.

         

        Join this webinar on September 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM to learn more about Bluetooth LE mesh networking and how to get started with development. We'll have a live Q&A session at the end.

         

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      • Webinar: Selecting the Right Mesh Technology

        Siliconlabs | 07/198/2017 | 07:28 AM

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        Title: Selecting the Right Mesh Technology for Your Application (EMEA)

        Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

        Time: 10:00 AM Central European Summer Time

        Duration: 1 hour

         

        Mesh network topologies are ideal for many IoT systems due to their ability to reduce system power consumption, extend communication range, increase scalability, improve network reliability, and optimize communication responsiveness. A number of mesh networking protocols are commercially available today including Bluetooth Mesh, Thread, and zigbee.

         

        There are many applications where mesh networks can provide benefits to the overall system, business, and consumer. Notable applications that can utilize mesh networking include asset tracking, beaconing, home & building automation, lighting, and smart metering.

         

        In this webinar, we compare different mesh networking protocols and discuss the criteria you should consider when selecting the right approach for your design, including the role of solution ecosystems and wireless security.

         

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      • Embedded Technology 2017

        Siliconlabs | 07/187/2017 | 08:09 AM

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        Location: PACIFICO Yokohama, Janpan
        Date: November 15(Wed.)-17(Fri.), 2017

        "Embedded Technology" consists of professional exhibitions and conferences featuring embedded technologies and solutions which are essential to cutting-edge technologies, such as digital home electrical appliances, mobile terminals, car electronics, robots, industrial machineries and so on.

         

        Embedded Technology 2017 Exhibition Products and Services:

        Hardware Solutions
        MPU/MCU, DSP, System LSI(ASSP/ASIC), IP Core, FPGA/PLD, Smart Card, Embedded Platforms, Board Computers, Wireless Networks (802.11x, Bluetooth, UWB, etc.), Interface Technologies (IEEE1394, USB, etc.), PowerSupply/Management, ICSocket, Back-Plane, etc.

         

        Software Solutions
        RTOS, Device Drivers, Firmware/Middleware, Internet-Related Technology (Browsers, etc.), Database, Security Technologies (Encryption/Decryption, etc.)

         

        Development Environments and Tools
        Programming Languages (C/C++, Java, HTML/XML, UML, Compilers/Assemblers), In-Circuit Emulator and Debugging Tools, EDA/System Design Tools, Measurement & Instruments, Project Management Tools, Configuration Management Tools

         

        Others
        System House, Design Service Firms, System Integration Companies, Technology Promotion Organizations, Publishers, Universities/Research Organizations, etc.

         

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      • Webinar: 5 Clock Tree Design Techniques

        Siliconlabs | 07/187/2017 | 07:59 AM

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        Title: 5 Clock Tree Design Techniques to Optimize 10/25/40/56 Gb/s SerDes Performance for Networking and Data Centers (EMEA)

        Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

        Time: 10:00 AM Central European Summer Time

        Duration: 1 hour

         

        As new designs adopt FPGAs, SoCs, ASICs, and CPUs with higher speed SerDes, it’s becoming increasingly important to understand the impact of reference timing on overall system performance. This webinar provides practical guidance on overcoming common timing design challenges by reviewing timing requirements for 10G/25G/40G/56G-based designs, explaining when to use clocks versus oscillators, highlighting system-level factors that degrade signal integrity and reviewing how to budget jitter and/or phase noise margin in order to select an optimal timing solution. This webinar also explains how to use common bench equipment and software-based tools to simplify the design-in process.

         

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      • June 2017 Member Spotlight: baarini

        Siliconlabs | 06/171/2017 | 11:08 AM

        We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect with each other.

         

        Meet our June member of the month: baarini

         

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        Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?

         

        I am an Electrical Engineer based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I started programming since school days & continued through university. I started to show interest to smart lighting without adding extra cables & wires to control the lights (DALI system is an example) & to make the points "online" & controllable anytime anywhere.

         

        Q: How did you know about the Silicon Labs Community?

         

        Through research over the internet & Silabs dev. kits brochures

         

        Q: What features, products, services would you like to see in the future from Silicon Labs?

         

        - More commercial thermostat can be interfaced with other protocols widely used in the market
        - Industrial applications solutions (industries, plants ..)
        - Street Lighting control solutions

         

        Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?

         

        Community is very rich in subjects & solutions to common problems; just read

         

        Q: Thanks for answering the questions. Any final comment?

         

        I'd like to see in the near future more reference designs supporting EFR32MG SoCs especially HA applications.

      • May 2017 Member Spotlight: YK

        Siliconlabs | 05/139/2017 | 03:58 AM

        We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect with each other.

         

        Meet our May member of the month: YK

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        Q: Congrats on becoming our featured member of the month! Can you introduce yourself to our community members?

         

        My name is YiKai Chen from Climax Technology Co., LTD, Taipei, Taiwan. I am dedicated and interested in low power wireless protocols such as Zigbee, Contiki 6LowPan, Thread, BLE, z-Wave, DECT ULE, etc. We have worked on Zigbee products for more than 9 years and are using EM358x and EFR32 for our Zigbee products now.

         

        Q: How did you know about the Silicon Labs Community?

         

         

        When I start to use EM358x and EFR32, distributor suggests searching Silicon Labs Community when we have any question or problem. I used to work this way on another forum so I do the same thing on Silicon Labs Community.

         

        Q: What features, products, services would you like to see in the future from Silicon Labs?

         

        I would like to see more organized and detail documents about your products and more intelligent search for your products and application notes.

         

        Q: What advice would you give to someone new to the community?

         

        Be patient, search and read if there is any existing answer to your issue on the community. If not, don’t afraid to ask. We are willing to help.

      • Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Bluetooth 5

        Siliconlabs | 03/74/2017 | 10:51 AM

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        Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Bluetooth 5
        Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
        Duration: 1 hour

         

        Bluetooth 5 is the most significant update to the Bluetooth specification since the introduction of Bluetooth low energy. With the launch of Bluetooth 5, the technology continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry as the global wireless standard for simple, secure connectivity. With 4x range, 2x speed and 8x broadcasting message capacity, the enhancements of Bluetooth 5 focus on increasing the functionality of Bluetooth for the IoT. In this webinar, we'll explore the new capabilities of Bluetooth 5 and how to get the most out of it using the new EFR32 Blue Gecko SoCs. If your applications need more range and performance with Bluetooth this is the webinar for you.

         

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