Silicon Labs Unveils Latest Low-Power Development Tools at Embedded World 2013

  Silicon Labs Unveils Latest Low-Power Development Tools at Embedded World

 Power-Aware Software, Energy-Efficient Humidity Sensing and Ultra-Low-Power
             Supercapacitor-Charged Development Board on Display

embedded world 2013

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NUREMBERG, Germany -- February 26, 2013

Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive,
mixed-signal ICs, today unveiled Precision32™ software and hardware
development tools that enable engineers to maximize the power efficiency of
their 32-bit embedded designs. Hands-on demonstrations of the latest low-power
tools are highlighted this week at Silicon Labs’ Booth 4A-211 at Embedded

A leading supplier of mixed-signal microcontrollers (MCUs), Silicon Labs
offers a diverse portfolio of Precision32 MCUs based on the ARM® Cortex™-M3
processor. This portfolio is supported by a rich set of development tools that
enables designers to optimize their designs for the lowest power consumption
without compromising performance. Silicon Labs’ new low-power tools on display
at Embedded World include the following:

Power-aware software tools: Silicon Labs’ complimentary Eclipse-based IDE and
AppBuilder software for Precision32 MCUs include first-of-a-kind tools that
enable developers to estimate power consumption and receive configuration
guidance to minimize system power. The Power Estimator tool gives developers a
top-level graphical view of how a Precision32 MCU uses power in active and
sleep mode. The tool enables developers to adjust power usage at the onset of
a project even without having development hardware. Power Estimator
automatically updates the system design with configuration changes, allowing
developers to optimize each mode for the lowest power. A companion tool, Power
Tips, provides software configuration guidance that helps developers minimize
current consumption. Power Tips automatically appears within AppBuilder when
the cursor hovers over a configurable setting. This simple ability to see
power optimization tips while configuring the MCU saves considerable
development time.

Low-power 32-bit humidity sensing demonstration: This demonstration highlights
the functionality of Silicon Labs’ new Si7005 relative humidity (RH) and
temperature sensor in a SiM3L1xx MCU evaluation board environment. The
standalone, battery-powered demonstration board includes an LCD panel that
shows changes in temperature and humidity readings from the Si7005 sensor. The
demo includes example code that can be used to speed development of
applications requiring both an ultra-low-power 32-bit MCU and humidity and
temperature sensors such as smart thermostats and in-home energy monitoring
systems. The Si7005 sensor provides an accurate, low-power digital solution
for measuring temperature, humidity and dew point in applications ranging from
HVAC and refrigeration to asset tracking to industrial control.

Low-Power SiM3L1xx development board: Roughly the same size as an ID badge,
this compact development board showcases the power efficiency of SiM3L1xx
MCUs. The board contains an ultra-low-power SiM3L1xx MCU, segmented LCD,
supercapacitor, LED and photodiode sensor, debug interface and USB port. The
board can display information continuously on the LCD for up to three days
after a quick 90-second charge of the supercapacitor through a USB cable.
Using the USB connector and debug interface, developers can connect the board
to a PC and use the Precision32 IDE for software development. The board offers
a “demo mode” that shows typical power consumption for various MCU operating
modes on the segmented LCD. Developers can also download an iPhone app that
lets them enter text such as names and phone numbers and then  send the
information to the board using specialized image patterns on the iPhone’s LCD
that are received by the board’s photodiode sensor.

“Providing embedded developers with a comprehensive suite of tools is just as
important as the MCU itself,” said Diwakar Vishakhadatta, vice president and
general manager of Silicon Labs’ Embedded Systems business. “To help make the
embedded design process faster and easier, we have invested in developing a
rich set of free software and cost-effective hardware tools specifically
designed to ease development, simplify low-power optimization and enable rapid

For additional Precision32 MCU information and product samples and to download
complimentary software development tools, please visit

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team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs’ diverse
portfolio of patented semiconductor solutions offers customers significant
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