Whether you are developing IoT applications for smart homes, consumers, industries, commercial, or medical, Silicon Labs’ complete Bluetooth portfolio has your entire product life-cycle covered – including the hardware, software, security, development, and maintenance.
Our broad range of Bluetooth SoCs and modules provides an optimal solution for all IoT needs. The SDK with the latest software features and our single-stack approach enables you to build epic IoT solutions fast! Simplicity Studio, our intuitive, unified development environment, provides you with the most valuable dev toolbox – free of charge.
Silicon Labs secures your Bluetooth in all levels – the hardware, software, and stack – to protect your customers’ privacy and your brand. You can manage your installed base efficiently and securely, over-the-air, throughout the product life-cycle!
|BLE Stack||Mesh Support||Output Family Max (dBm)||CPU Core||GPIO||Flash (kB)||RAM (kB)||Security|
FEATUREDEFR32BG22 Series 2 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG22 SoCs (Series 2)
|5 5.1 5.2||6||ARM Cortex-M33||18, 26||352, 512||32||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG22 Series 2 Modules
EFR32BG22 Based Modules (Series 2)
|5 5.1 5.2||8||ARM Cortex-M33||24, 25||352, 512||32||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG21 Series 2 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG21 SoCs (Series 2)
|5 5.1||20||ARM Cortex-M33||17, 20||512, 768, 1024||64, 96||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG21 Series 2 Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG21 Based Modules (Series 2)
|5 5.1||20||ARM Cortex-M33||20||1024||96||—|
Wireless Xpress BGX220
Wireless Xpress Modules BGX220
|5 5.1 5.2||8||ARM Cortex-M33||8||—||—||—|
EFR32BG13 Series 1 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG13 SoCs (Series 1)
|5 5.1 4.x||20||ARM Cortex-M4||16, 31||512||64||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG13 Series 1 Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG13 Based Modules (Series 1)
|5 5.1||19||ARM Cortex-M4||25, 32||512||64||—|
EFR32BG12 Series 1 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG12 SoCs (Series 1)
|5 4.x||20||ARM Cortex-M4||28, 31, 46, 65||512, 1024||64, 128, 256||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG1 Series 1 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG1 SoCs (Series 1)
|5 4.x||20||ARM Cortex-M4||16, 19, 28, 31||256||32||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG1 Series 1 Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG1 Based Modules (Series 1)
|5.1||8||ARM Cortex-M4||14, 25, 30||256||32||—|
Wireless Xpress BGX13
Bluetooth Low Energy Wireless Xpress Modules BGX13
|5 5.1||8||ARM Cortex-M4||8||—||—||—|
Bluegiga Legacy Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy Bluegiga Legacy Modules
|Bluetooth BR/EDR||RX Sensitivity||TX Current @ 0 dBm||Range||Dimensions (mm)|
Bluegiga Legacy Modules
Bluetooth Classic Bluegiga Legacy Modules
|-86, -90, -96||+12 (BR/EDR) +8 (BLE), +17, +18, +3, +6.5||200-400 meter LoS range, 30 meters line-of-sight, 350 meters line-of-sight, 500+ meters line-of-sight, Up to 200 meters||11.0x13.9x2.2, 25.5 x 14.0 x 2.4, 35.55x14.50x3.65, 35.75x14.50x 2.6|
Bluetooth BR-EDR Modules
Bluetooth Classic Modules
|-95||+11 (BR/EDR) + 7 (BLE)||400-550 LoS range||11.6 x 16.0 x 2.2|
Silicon Labs’ broad portfolio of Bluetooth SoCs and modules provides the optimal solution for every IoT application – whether you need an ultra-compact footprint, low power consumption, long-range, or ultimate RF sensitivity.
Today, Silicon Labs Bluetooth technology powers +1 billion IoT devices globally. We are the trusted partner for the world-leading consumer and industrial brands and small and medium-sized enterprises and startups. Our customers develop solutions for various IoT applications – these include smart home, smart lighting, wearables, building automation, industrial systems, portable medical appliances, and more.
Silicon Labs' ultra-low-power Bluetooth chip design can enable IoT products' operational lifetime of more than 10 years with a coin cell battery.
Reduce your product development time and costs dramatically with our pre-certified Bluetooth modules, which come with state-of-the-art internal antenna designs and RF certifications worldwide.
Our Bluetooth SoCs and modules are renowned for their superior RF performance, providing your products with the highest reliability and robustness in the market.
The BG21 with the highest TX power of +20 dBm enables you to develop IoT products with robust wireless connectivity to endure the harshest industrial environments. Leading receiver sensitivity of up to -107 dBm allows smooth Bluetooth connectivity, improves user-experience and maximizes battery life.
Our SoCs and modules are secured up to the Root of Trust level delivering many security features such as:
Silicon Labs hardware supports the latest Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Mesh protocol versions. All the crucial features and functionalities are implemented, such as direction finding, dynamic multiprotocol support, Wi-Fi coexistence, Apple HomeKit, and more.
With Silicon Labs, launch your first product quickly with any of our pre-certified Bluetooth modules, start generating revenue, and transition to any SoC for cost-efficient chip-down designs as your volumes grow. You can reuse your software across our entire Bluetooth hardware portfolio – to minimize your time-to-market and total cost of product development.
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and learn new ways to integrate Bluetooth connectivity into your next project with the help of Silicon Labs expert engineers. Each project session will explore and solve challenges developers often face when building new Bluetooth designs.
Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth development kits are divided into three categories based on your development need, with kits for experimenting, prototyping, or developing your production product, our portfolio has the right solution for you.
EFR Connect, the Bluetooth Low Energy mobile app helps you to develop and test smooth smartphone connectivity and Over-the-Air (OTA) update capability for your applications. It works with all Silicon Labs Bluetooth development kits and you can download it for iOS and Android.
Our kits, together with Simplicity Studio, provide a unified development environment that includes the SDK and industry-leading development tools. The kits are supported by GCC and IAR C-language compilers.
For experimenting, our entry-level kit gives you five powerful development features, including an onboard debugger, traffic analyzer, virtual COM port, mobile tester app, and connectors for MikroE and Qwiic peripheral boards.
To simplify prototyping or field trials, the dev kit supports both a coin cell and a connector for external batteries or power supplies. The Arm Cortex-M series based Dev Kits provide the key features needed in prototyping: 2.4 GHz chip antenna, board controller, J-Link debugger, packet tracing, virtual COM and various on-board sensors.
When developing production products, you may need additional development features such as an Energy Profiler and a Network Analyzer to optimize your code and RF design. Additional features include an LCD display, Ethernet port, 8-channel logic, and a standardized interface for all Silicon Labs radio board products.
Silicon Labs' continually invests in its Bluetooth software solutions to keep your products secure and ahead of the competition.
Silicon Labs Bluetooth Software Development Kit (SDK) is part of the GSDK. It includes project examples and peripheral drivers, and the protocol stacks for Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Mesh.
|Multiprotocol Support||For Bluetooth, proprietary and 15.4 protocols on a single chip.|
|Apple HomeKit||Develop Bluetooth products for the world’s most popular smart home ecosystem.|
|Direction-finding||Enable indoor-positioning and way-finding on your IoT applications with sub-meter accuracy.|
|Wi-Fi Coexistence||Reduce interference and increase reliability in multi-radio devices.|
Simplicity Studio, a free tool, provides a unified development environment that includes the SDK and industry-leading development tools. The kits are supported by GCC and IAR C-language compilers.
With our single-stack hardware-agnostic approach, you can speed up product development and radically minimize software and hardware migration effort for new Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mesh products, resulting in a more robust code with consistent behavior.
|Bluetooth Low Energy SDK||Supplied as part of the GSDK, the Bluetooth SDK provides developers with a single BLE protocol stack, API, example projects, and peripheral drivers.|
|Bluetooth Mesh SDK||Supplied as part of the GSDK the Bluetooth Mesh SDK provides developers with a single Mesh protocol stack, API, example projects, and peripheral drivers.|
|Bluegiga Bluetooth Smart Software||Bluegiga Bluetooth Smart Software is a complete Bluetooth Smart software stack for Bluegiga Legacy Bluetooth Smart products. The software implements the Bluetooth Smart complete protocol layers, such as Attribute Protocol (ATT), Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Generic Access Profile (GAP), Security Manager, and connection management.|
|Bluegiga iWRAP Bluetooth Classic Software||The iWRAP is an embedded Bluetooth stack for Bluegiga Legacy Bluetooth classic modules. It exposes a powerful yet easy-to-use command interface to manage Bluetooth operations.|
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Designed for data transfer and exchange over short distances, Bluetooth makes use of the unlicensed ISM band at 2.4 GHz. Bluetooth includes a number of capabilities that span point-to-point audio streaming to large scale many-to-many mesh networks for lighting or home automation.
Silicon Labs provides flexible, highly-integrated Bluetooth products that meet the most demanding requirements for a wide variety of applications. Silicon Labs engineered products for longevity and have best-in-class RF sensitivity and power consumption. In addition, Silicon Labs offers easy-to-use but powerful software solutions that can help make application development and integration a straightforward process.
When you want your products to withstand the most challenging cyber-security attacks, you can trust Silicon Labs' Bluetooth technology to safeguard your customers' privacy.
Silicon Labs Bluetooth Low Energy and Mesh stacks support all the standard features to protect your IoT applications against wireless threats.
When considering security in the context of IoT, there are multiple aspects a developer needs to consider.
Very few protocols are transmitted without some form of encryption in place. The alliances behind most of the leading standards-based protocols tend to make it mandatory and most proprietary protocols tend to implement protocol security using existing well-tested industry schemes.
In all cases, however, the encryption used by the protocol is only as strong as the security offered by the physical device itself. The easiest device attack is a remote attack on software to inject malware which is why a hardware root of trust secure boot is critical. Many IoT devices are easily acquired in the supply chain and allow “Hands-On”, or “Local” attacks which allows attacking the debug port or using physical attacks like side-channel analysis to recover secrets outside of communication encryption.
Silicon Labs offers a portfolio of device-level security options. To learn more click through to our security pages.