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OnSemi extends IoT kit with Bluetooth LE and energy harvesting

Steve Rogerson
December 7, 2017

At last month’s IoT Tech Expo in California, On Semiconductor released two boards or shields that extend the capability of the Arizona company’s recently launched IoT development kit.
The two shields provide Bluetooth Low Energy technology and smart passive sensors (SPS) so designers can create diverse use cases that target smart home and building, smart city, industrial automation and mhealth applications.
The Bluetooth LE shield includes the recently launched RSL10 multi-protocol Bluetooth 5 certified radio system-on-chip (SoC). With the claimed industry’s lowest deep sleep current and receive power, the RSL10 lets manufacturers create IoT devices with extended battery life.
By integrating the Bluetooth LE shield with the kit, users get a choice of connectivity for extending reach, and sensing and actuator options, including lighting and motors.
The SPS shield extends the kit to capture data from On Semiconductor’s battery-free wireless sensors that measure temperature, moisture and pressure. The sensors are suitable for industrial and other applications with hard to access areas where zero maintenance is a necessity, and battery replacement is difficult. Pairing the SPS shield with the kit enables rapid prototyping of IoT applications that require battery-free sensing and wide area or local connectivity and actuation options.
Both shields expand the configurable, modular options for sensing, actuation and wired and wireless connectivity of the kit, thereby giving application designers flexibility agnostic of the communications protocol chosen. They offer rapid and easy start-up of projects out of the box, allowing developers to deliver data directly into the cloud, thereby enabling value-added services, including analytics.
The shields are supplied with full documentation including design schematics, PCB layouts and Gerber files to facilitate rapid transition of designs from concept, through development and into production. The standard interfaces ensure that current and future modules from On Semiconductor and other vendors can be seamlessly integrated into designs while the cut-and-paste approach to end product design reduces R&D time, expense and risk.
“The new shields take the kit to a whole new tier and enable a unique class of IoT applications,” said Wiren Perera, who heads IoT at On Semiconductor. “Energy harvesting, battery-free sensing enables a new paradigm for IoT use cases in quality control and predictive maintenance through asset health monitoring to agriculture. The ubiquity of Bluetooth technology creates a new realm of possibilities for low power connectivity. Coupling these with an already extensive portfolio of complementary, energy efficient connectivity and actuation choices and the node to cloud capabilities of the kit creates a powerful tool for rapidly delivering IoT services to the market.”