Bluetooth SoC and Module Selector Guide
Whatever mesh application you're working on, we have the Bluetooth SoCs and modules you need. Our Selector Guides will help you select the right devices for your next project.
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Silicon Labs Offers a Comprehensive Portfolio of Bluetooth Mesh SoCs and Modules
Optimized for Lighting and Line Powered Devices
Our BG21 SoCs provide the power, performance, and security needed for Bluetooth mesh devices, including commercial and residential lighting.
Optimized for Bluetooth Mesh Low-Power Nodes
Designed for High-Performance, Feature Rich Devices
Ultra-Low-Power, Small Form Factor
The BG27 family of Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth mesh SoCs are available with DCDC Boost in WLCSP packaging for small form factor applications.
Kits and Boards
Software and Tools
About Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh
|Bluetooth||Mesh Support||Output Family Max (dBm)||CPU Core||GPIO||Flash (kB)||RAM (kB)||Secure Vault™||Security|
FEATUREDEFR32BG24 Series 2 SoCs
EFR32BG24 Series 2 SoCs
|5.4||+19.5, 19.5||ARM Cortex-M33||20, 26, 28, 32||1024, 1536||128, 256||High, Mid||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG27 Series 2 SoCs
EFR32BG27 Series 2 SoCs
|5.4||8||ARM Cortex-M33||18, 19, 25, 26||768||64||Mid||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG24 Series 2 Modules
EFR32BG24 Series 2 Modules
|5.4||10, 19.6||ARM Cortex-M33||26, 32||1536||256||High, Mid||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG22 Series 2 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG22 SoCs (Series 2)
|5.4||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)
|5.4||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)
|5.4||20||ARM Cortex-M33||17, 20||512, 768, 1024||64, 96||Base, Yes||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG21 Series 2 Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG21 Based Modules (Series 2)
|5.4||20||ARM Cortex-M33||20||1024||96||Base, Yes||—|
EFR32BG13 Series 1 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG13 SoCs (Series 1)
|5.1||20||ARM Cortex-M4||16, 31||512||64||Base||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
EFR32BG13 Series 1 Modules
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG13 Based Modules (Series 1)
|5.1||19||ARM Cortex-M4||25, 32||512||64||—||—|
EFR32BG12 Series 1 SoCs
Bluetooth Low Energy EFR32BG12 SoCs (Series 1)
|5||20||ARM Cortex-M4||28, 31, 46, 65||512, 1024||64, 128, 256||Base||AES-128 AES-256 ECC SHA-1 SHA-2|
Why Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh SoCs and Modules Are Ideal
Ultra-compact footprint, low-power consumption, long-range, or ultimate RF sensitivity – Silicon Labs has the optimal solution for every application. All of our Bluetooth modules and SoCs provide the same developer experience, so you can future-proof mesh network designs and evolve your applications across your product portfolio.
|Ultra-Low Power Design||Pre-Certified Modules||Signature RF Performance|
|Our ultra-low-power Bluetooth chip design enables an operational lifetime of up to 10 years with a coin cell battery.||Reduce development time and costs dramatically with our pre-certified Bluetooth modules, featuring state-of-the-art internal antenna designs and RF certifications worldwide.||Our Bluetooth SoCs and modules have built a reputation for superior RF performance, providing the highest reliability and robustness available in the market.|
|Robust Hardware Security||Supporting the Latest Bluetooth Version||Minimize Your Total Cost of Product Development|
|Our SoCs and modules are secured up to the Root of Trust level and are protected by SecureVault, an industry-leading suite of state-of-the-art protection.||Silicon Labs hardware supports the latest Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth mesh protocol versions with backward compatibility.||Launch your product quickly with any of our pre-certified Bluetooth modules. Our feature rich development hardware and easy to use Simplicity Studio provide a simple, yet powerful development platform that is common across our SoCs and modules, reducing development time and cost.|
Kits and Boards
Bluetooth Mesh Development Kits
Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth mesh development kits are divided into three categories based on your development need, with kits for experimenting, prototyping, or developing your production product. And the Bluetooth mesh 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 mesh 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.
Browse Bluetooth Low Energy Kits & Boards
|Pro Kits (3) Modular kits for software development and feature evaluation of IoT devices|
|xG24-PK6009A||EFR32xG24 Pro Kit +10 dBm||MSRP $179.00|
|xG24-PK6010A||EFR32xG24 Pro Kit +20 dBm||MSRP $179.00|
|xG27-PK6017A||EFR32xG27 Pro Kit +8 dBm||MSRP $188.00|
|xG27-PK6018A||EFR32xG27 Pro Kit +4 dBm (Buck)||MSRP $174.00|
|xG27-PK6019A||EFR32xG27 Pro Kit +4 dBm (Boost)||MSRP $176.00|
|Explorer Kits (2) Low cost exploratory kits - to get you started|
|BG22-EK4108A||BG22 Bluetooth SoC Explorer Kit||MSRP $16.00|
|BGM220-EK4314A||BGM220 Bluetooth Module Explorer Kit||MSRP $9.99|
|xG24-EK2703A||EFR32xG24 Explorer Kit||MSRP $39.00|
|Starter Kits (6) Modular kits for software development and feature evaluation of IoT devices|
|SLWSTK6006A||EFR32xG21 Wireless Gecko Starter Kit||MSRP $533.00|
|SLWSTK6020B||EFR32BG Bluetooth SoC Starter Kit||MSRP $191.00|
|SLWSTK6021A||EFR32xG22 Wireless Gecko Starter Kit||MSRP $193.00|
|SLWSTK6023A||EFR32xG21 Bluetooth Starter Kit||MSRP $164.00|
|SLWSTK6102A||xGM210P Wireless Module Starter Kit||MSRP $353.00|
|SLWSTK6103A||BGM220 Bluetooth Module Wireless Starter Kit||MSRP $186.00|
|Development Kits (3) Full-featured application development kits|
|xG24-DK2601B||EFR32xG24 Development Kit||MSRP $79.00|
|xG27-DK2602A||EFR32xG27 Development Kit||MSRP $75.00|
|Radio Boards (20) Wireless starter kit plug-in boards featuring specific SoC or module wireless devices|
|SLWRB4100A||EFR32BG1 Bluetooth +10.5 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|SLWRB4180B||EFR32xG21A Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +20 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4181B||EFR32xG21A Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +10 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4181C||EFR32xG21B Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +10 dBm Radio Board with Secure Vault||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4182A||EFR32xG22 Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +6 dBm 5x5, QFN40 Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|SLWRB4183A||EFR32xG22 Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +6 dBm, 4x4 QFN32 Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|SLWRB4308B||xGM210P Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +10 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4308C||xGM210PB Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +20 dBm Radio Board with Secure Vault||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4308D||xGM210PB Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +10 dBm Radio Board with Secure Vault||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4309B||xGM210L Wireless Gecko 2.4 GHz +12.5 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|SLWRB4310A||BGM220SC12 Bluetooth SiP Module 2.4 GHz +0 Output Power Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|SLWRB4311A||BGM220PC22 Bluetooth PCB Module 2.4 GHz +8 Output Power Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|SLWRB4312A||BGM220SC22 Bluetooth SiP Module 2.4 GHz +6 Output Power Radio Board||MSRP $29.00|
|xG24-RB4186C||EFR32xG24 Wireless 2.4 GHz +10 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $39.00|
|xG24-RB4187C||EFR32xG24 Wireless 2.4 GHz +20 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $39.00|
|xG24-RB4188A||EFR32xG24 Wireless 2.4 GHz +20 dBm Antenna Diversity Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|xG27-RB4194A||EFR32xG27 Wireless 2.4 GHz +8 dBm Radio Board||MSRP $11.00|
|xG27-RB4111B||EFR32xG27 Wireless 2.4 GHz +4 dBm Radio Board (Boost)||MSRP $35.00|
|xG27-RB4110B||EFR32xG27 Wireless 2.4 GHz +4 dBm Radio Board (Buck)||MSRP $35.00|
|XGM240-RB4316A||xGM240P +10 dBm Module Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|XGM240-RB4317A||xGM240P +20 dBm Module Radio Board||MSRP $49.00|
|Thunderboard Kits (2) Low-cost software development and prototyping kits for IoT devices|
|SLTB010A||EFR32BG22 Thunderboard Kit||MSRP $45.00|
Software and Tools
Bluetooth Mesh Software Development Kit
With Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh SDK, you can build reliable and secure wireless mesh applications for industrial and commercial IoT segments. The Mesh SDK has your entire product life-cycle covered, from development to over-the-air maintenance. Our simplified Mesh stack always supports the latest protocol version, cutting-edge features, and robust security. It works with C-based GCC or IAR compilers and Silicon Labs Simplicity Studio, an intuitive development environment and the most valuable dev toolbox free-of-charge.
Bluetooth Mesh SDK
The Bluetooth Mesh Software Development Kit is part of the Silicon Labs GSDK. It consists of an extensive library of example projects, peripheral drivers, the Bluetooth Mesh protocol stack, and the API.
With Silicon Labs, you have just one proven, hardware-agnostic software stack and API for Bluetooth Mesh. This approach speeds up development and radically simplifies SW and HW migration to your new Bluetooth Mesh products – it results in more robust software and reduces development and maintenance costs.
The Latest Bluetooth Mesh Specification
With Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh stack, you can keep your products ahead of the competition! Our stack evolves in the frontline of the industry to support the latest specifications and deliver all the essential features among the first in the world.
Bluetooth Mesh Software Features and Benefits
|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.|
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Mobile App Development
The only BLE mobile app with data throughput and smartphone interoperability testing – and much more.
Bluetooth Mesh App
The easiest way to provision, configure and control your Bluetooth Mesh network.
Featured Bluetooth Mesh Applications
Mesh networking is a new topology available for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) devices that enables many-to-many (m:m) communications. It's optimized for creating large-scale node networks and is ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks, and asset tracking solutions.
About Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh
What is Bluetooth Mesh?
Bluetooth mesh enables Bluetooth devices to be used as a true mesh networking topology. It allows moving away from the typical personal area network which Bluetooth is known for, and extending both the range and number of devices a Bluetooth network can have. A smart home is a great example and use case for Bluetooth mesh as it can easily have 30-50 devices that are not necessarily in the direct range of each other. With Bluetooth mesh, you can connect all these devices into a single Bluetooth network that covers the entire home. Bluetooth mesh nodes can still support the existing Bluetooth LE topologies and use cases like point-to-point connectivity and Bluetooth beaconing. This allows smart phones to be connected to the Bluetooth mesh networks to control and monitor the Bluetooth mesh nodes as well other use cases such as indoor positioning and asset tracking.
Key Features of Bluetooth mesh
|Mesh Node types||All the node types specified for Bluetooth mesh are supported on Silicon Labs stack: Relay, Proxy, Friend, and Low Power Node (LPN).|
|Provisioning Protocols||For new nodes on mesh network, the provisioner and provisioned node can communicate over either PB-ADV or PB-GATT bearers, ensuring compatibility for smartphones with Bluetooth LE and GATT support.|
|GATT Services||Both GATT services are supported in Silicon Labs Bluetooth mesh – Proxy and Provisioning.|
|Wi-Fi Coexistence||Allows the Bluetooth mesh device to coordinate transmitting and receiving with the collocated Wi-Fi device with reduced interference, and increased reliability.|
|Certificate Based Provisioning (CBP)||Use certificates to authenticate devices before provisioning, thus saving cost and time. Also, prevents counterfeit devices from being provisioned into the network.|
|Remote Provisioning (RPR)||Easy way to provision even when the nodes are not in direct radio range of the provisioner, thereby reducing installation cost and time.|
|Private Beacons||Does not allow for static information in beacons to be shared outside of the network.|
|Proprietary Extension||Allows extended advertising on all 40 channels - increasing throughput by 10x.|
|Simultaneous DFU Upgrade||Standardize way to do simultaneous DFU for homogeneous devices, reducing cost and time.|
Featured Bluetooth Mesh Resources
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