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      • August 2017 Member Spotlight: Ivan_Dousa

        Nari | 08/220/2017 | 09:17 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 August member of the month: Ivan_Dousa

         

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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 Ivan Dousa, I'm an Electrical Engineer at TireCheck company located in Prague, Czech Republic. I'm responsible for the development of new electronic devices intended for tire inspection and tire performance monitoring. The design of electronic devices and embedded programming is also my hobby from the time I have studied at a high school. I really enjoy the creative process of building a new electronic device, breathing a new life into it by writing and embedded software and improving the device performance and capabilities based on the application needs and customer request. It's a great magic.

         

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

         

        We have discovered the Silicon Labs Community at the time when we were evaluating a Bluetooth solution from different manufacturers for our new products. That time we were also looking for some information about the Silicon Labs solution and we have discovered that Silicon Labs Community could provide us a lot of useful information. We were able to find their answers to most of our questions, information about user experience with the product and also all device documentation. Since that time we use it regularly. It is also the right place where we can report any bug or functionality issue observed on Silicon Labs product and where we can get in touch directly with Silicon Labs employees that are willing to help.

         

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

         

        I think that Silicon Labs provides great and well-documented products. In addition there is a large Knowledge base and Forum where you can find a answer to most questions. You can also ask there any question directly to Silicon Labs employees or other community members. I think it works very well. Anyway, sometimes it happens that not all documentation provided by Silicon Labs is up-to-date. This is the point that could be improved.

         

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

         

        Silicon Labs Community is a good place to find information about Silicon Labs products and solutions. You can meet many smart people that work with Silicon Labs products, have a lot of experience with them and that are willing to help you. If there is a question you were not able to answer based on the available documentation or any existing forum topic, don't worry to ask. If the question is clearly formulated it will be answered shortly.

         

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

         

        I'm looking forward for many new, interesting and innovative products and solutions from Silicon Labs.

         

      • Computex Taipei 2017

        Nari | 05/123/2017 | 05:53 AM

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        Location: Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), 2nd floor, 201F, Taipei, Taiwan

        Date: MAY 30 - JUNE 3, 2017

         

        Join us at Computex Taipei 2017 where we will be demoing everything you need to build a smarter, more connected world.   Meet and mingle with Silicon Labs experts, and see our live, hands-on demonstrations:

         

        Sense.

        Experience an end-to-end development solution for your IoT applications with Thunderboard Sense, with the wireless Gecko multi-protocol Bluetooth® low-energy and sub-GHz propriety radio. Easily sync through mobile app connectivity and cloud streaming.  

         

        Enrich.
        With our Blue Gecko and voice over Bluetooth software and hardware, you can enhance your third party devices seamlessly with Apple HomeKit and Bluetooth LE applications.

         

        Simplify.

        Reduce complexity of a connected mesh network design and minimize power consumption with Silicon Lab’s best-in-class wireless mesh software and tools. We will be demonstrating Smart Home and connected lighting solutions built with Mighty Gecko Multi-band, Multi-Protocol Wireless SoC.

         

        Stop by our hospitality suite (TICC, 2nd Floor, 201F) or sign up for a private booth tour by responding to this email or visiting http://pages.silabs.com/Computex2017_Info.html.  There are a limited number of slots available so be sure to sign up today!

         

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      • April 2017 Member Spotlight: menchopez

        Nari | 04/97/2017 | 07:20 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 April member of the month: menchopez

         

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

         

        Hi guys! My name is Manuel. I come from Santander (Spain) and I work as an Embedded Software Engineer for SAYME.

         

        Growing up, with a father as an engineer, I learned to think differently and love engineering. In other words, I understand how things work. When I was just 9 years-old, my father and I built an electric crane for a school project, this without a doubt began my curiosity for engineering.  

         

        Then I started to carry out small electronic projects at home while I was studying Telecommunication engineering. During my bachelor degree, I was fortunate enough to have a good teacher, who lead me to a job which allowed me to develop my desire to learn and build new things.

         

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

         

        I started to design devices with your microcontrollers last year. I’ve been reading a lot about your products (EFM8 and EFM32 series) so we tried them and found them very successful. As always when you build things, problems arise and you need to solve them as quickly as possible (under strict deadlines). I find this online community extremely helpful it gives you the opportunity to ask and answer questions.

         

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

         

        Personally, I think that the IoT market growth is strongly linked to cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions. Manufacturers and product developers should work together to achieve these goals as soon as possible.

         

        Things have changed a lot in recent years but I believe much remains to be improved. Nowadays, EFM8 and EFM32 series point clearly to these requirements: MCUs designed in terms of performance, size, cost and power consumption.

         

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

         

        Be patient, read, read lots, stop, think over, look for and especially don’t be afraid of asking. There is an incredible community behind Silicon Labs, so enjoy it and take care of it, please.

         

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

         

        Keep up the great work, guys. It has been a great honor for me to be included among the Member Spotlight, I have a lot to learn and a lot I would like to contribute to this community.

      • 2016 Silicon Labs Community Highlights

        Nari | 12/364/2016 | 08:00 AM

         

        2016 has been a great year, with lots of exciting news, events, and campaigns to keep us busy. As 2017 approaches we wanted to recap some of the highlights that made the Silicon Labs Community even better this year.

         

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        All-Time High Page Views and Registrations 

         

        Did you know that more than 2 million pages were viewed and about 4,000 members registered for the community this year? Both are new records for the community. We want to say thank all of you for making this community friendly to new members and help them find answers!

         

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        3 New Wireless Forum Boards

         

        With the rapid growth of the Wireless forum in 2016, we decided to divide it into three sub-forums covering various Wireless solutions: Blutooth/Wi-Fi, Mesh, and Proprietary. Now it’s easier for you to find the right place to ask your questions and get them escalated to the right party faster. 

         

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        34 User-Generated Projects

         

        At the heart of development are the design projects that lead to inspiration and creation. Throughout 2016, 34 projects were created by our internal and external community members. Check out some of the projects from the past year to get an idea for your next project:

         

        Creating F1-Style Race Starting Lights with EZR32 Wireless MCUs

        EFR32WG Range Test

        Blue Gecko Digital Tokens

        Portable sensor logger with LCD, Bluetooth LE & cloud connection

        Thunderboard Sense kit Sound Alarm and notification in Telegram

        IoT demo using Thunderboard

         

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        15 IoT Hero Stories 

         

        Since kicking off IoT Hero Series in May 2015, 28 IoT heroes have been interviewed and 15 of them were featured in the community this year as blog posts. These IoT Heroes are the innovators behind creating real-world IoT applications based on Silicon Labs’ parts.

         

        Check out the IoT Hero Series here.

         

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        Community Member Spotlight

         

        In addition to the IoT Heroes, we also featured selected community members each month. We started featuring community members who are active or new to the community on a monthly basis to help members connect each other.

         

        Special thanks to, @rev, @sureshjoshi, @Timur, @klangdon79, @operator, @hollie, @spiritonline, @Yuriy, and @Scotty for being featured members of 2016 and sharing your thoughts on Silicon Labs’ products and the community!

         

        If you haven’t met the featured members yet, please follow the link here to read their stories. 

         

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        Product Launches

         

        In 2016, exciting new products and software solutions have been added to our portfolio. The multi-protocol Wireless SoC families such as Blue Gecko, Flex Gecko, and Mighty Gecko were launched to help developers create multitude of IoT applications such as connected home, lighting, building automation, wearables, and start metering. Read the announcement here.

         

        The Wizard Gecko was created for applications where leading RF performance, low power consumption and fast time to market are key requirements. Read the announcement here.

         

        To help you bring your IoT product ideas to life, Thunderboard React, the small demo board was introduced as well. Read the announcement here.

         

        Lastly, an upgraded version of Simplicity Studio 4 was announced through the community with a series of useful training videos. You can find the announcement here.

         

        We will continue to update existing product offerings and introduce new solutions in 2017. So please stay tuned for an update!

         

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        Community Super Users

         

        As we sum up 2016, we want to take this opportunity to give our sincerest thanks to the active super users who achieved the three highest community ranks (See how our ranking system works here). By the end of 2016, we have 21 Hero members, 2 Master members and 1 Legend member.

         

        A special mention goes to @erikm, our first ever Legend rank holder. He has been an active member of the community for 13 years. Congratulations, Erik, and thanks for your contribution.

         

        The Silicon Labs team wants to let all of you know that we appreciate you for keeping the community active and valuable.

         

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        Whether you just visited the community once or became a super user, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for making the community greater this year. Without your participation and engagement, it was not possible to achieve all the highlights and milestones mentioned above.

         

        Lastly, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the community in 2017.

         

        Happy holidays!

         

         

        Nari Shin | Community Manager

      • Webinar: Miniaturizing IoT Designs

        Nari | 11/315/2016 | 10:41 AM

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        Webinar: Miniaturizing IoT Designs
        Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
        Duration: 1 hour


        As we wirelessly connect more and more devices to the Internet, electronics engineers face several challenges, including packaging a radio transmitter into existing device real estate and the demand to build increasingly smaller devices. In this webinar, we’ll explore some of the obstacles that come with the size expectations of IoT designs, from concerns around antenna integration to new packaging options that can help solve issues like detuning and size limitations.

         

        Join our hour-long webinar on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM and get your questions answered during our Live Q&A session at the end.

         

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      • October 2016 Member Spotlight: Yuriy

        Nari | 10/288/2016 | 10:34 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 October member of the month: Yuriy

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

         

        First of all thank you very much for choosing me as the member of the month!


        My name is Yuriy Gerasimov, and I'm from the south of Russia (Krasnodar). I have about 15 years of experience in embedded system/software and work as part-time/contract engineer for several companies now days, based at Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Russia. Worked in big companies (like Samsung Electronics) and small startups guided from crowdfunding to mass production successfully. So I have got quite interesting, wide and valuable experience in HW and SW.

         

        Last year with my partners, we also developed and sold EFM32-based automotive modules, EFM8/ EFM32 MCU-controlled LED drivers, BGM111 Bluetooth diesel engine booster and some more. As a hobby project and for self-development, I started this LCD Sensor Logger device project, hope to complete it somehow despite of this cold autumn weather, my two lovely little kids and wife, plus permanent lack of time Robot Happy

         

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        Portable sensor logger with LCD, Bluetooth LE & cloud connection

         

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

         

        Well, several years ago, I had to make a decision and chose 32-bits ARM Cortex-M MCU manufacture to go further and move away from 8/16 bits core MCUs. There were several requirements like: price, free and cross-platform IDE, MCU interfaces & functionality, low-power, documentations/app.notes/ examples, customer friendly/community support, availability in different countries, including Russia (sometimes it's pretty tough Robot Happy ) . And EFM32 won, that's a way I got into Silicon Labs Community. After EZR32/BGM/WGM modules introduction I moved all of my new projects on Silicon Labs solutions, except of customer's special wishes.

         

        Q: What features would you like to see added to the community?

         

        Well, everything is very good, there are forums, training, blogs and tools. Would be nice for me to see more Knowledge Base and Training articles about IoT and wireless. But I see it's in progress now.

         

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

         

        Just read docs, app notes and search deeper, probably your problem already solved by someone. And to make the new topic header correctly.

         

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

         

        Thank you Silicon Labs for such a cool products, customer-friendly support and community!

         

      • Developing Biomedical Devices with Bluetooth

        Nari | 09/274/2016 | 10:04 AM

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        Title: Developing Biomedical Devices with Bluetooth - EMEA

        Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

        Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time / 10:00 AM Central European Summer Time

        Duration: 1 hour

         

        In a connected world, medical applications must be smart, low-power, and secure. Bluetooth’s complementary features and near-universal adoption make it an important and growing technology in the healthcare industry. In this webinar, we’ll examine how Bluetooth is making medicine easier and more efficient in established use cases like blood glucose monitoring and discuss new medical applications that are enabled by this wireless technology.

         

        Join our hour-long webinar on October 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM and get your questions answered during our Live Q&A session at the end.

         

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      • September 2016 Member Spotlight: spiritonline

        Nari | 09/271/2016 | 09:16 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: spiritonline

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

         

        I'm based in the Netherlands, Alkmaar. I'm a schooled Interaction designer but I love to bring vision to live, that includes engineering.
        While not my strongsuit (yet) I try to learn something new every day.

         

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

         

        My start-up previously worked with Bluegiga which then got acquired by Silicon Labs. 

         

        Q: What features would you like to see added to the community?

         

        I'm in desperate need for an edit button to forum posts!

         

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

         

        The community or @JaakkoV will always get back to you, no matter how stupid you might think your question is.

         

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

         

        Thanks @JaakkoV for the ever lasting support Robot Happy

      • ARM TechCon

        Nari | 09/249/2016 | 04:25 AM

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        Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
        Date: October 25-27, 2016

         

        The gulf between hardware engineers and software developers is disappearing, and an integrated, collaborative design environment is being born. ARM TechCon 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center facilitates the collaboration of these two communities by connecting hardware and software professionals at one event, under one roof, and with one goal: Push the limits.

         

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      • Si838x Isolators Webinar

        Nari | 09/249/2016 | 04:04 AM

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        Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

        Time: 10:00 AM (CEST, PDT, JST, HKT)

        Duration: 1 hour

         

        This session will introduce targeted applications within the Industrial Automation market and focus on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Factory Automation. We will discuss where isolation is used in a PLC input module and the high level of integration and features of the Si838x, including user programmable de-bounce. We’ll dive into details about the Si838x input thresholds and how to calculate resistor network values to scale any system voltage to be compliant with IEC 61131-2 types 1, 2, and 3.

         

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