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silicon laboratories inc (SLAB) Key Developments

Silicon Labs Introduces Thread Networking Solution

Silicon Labs introduced its highly anticipated Thread networking solution, delivering a software stack built upon years of mesh networking expertise and the industry’s most advanced mesh networking software development tools. Silicon Labs’ Thread solution offers developers the fast path to developing Thread-compliant products for the IoT including thermostats, wireless sensor networks, smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, connected lighting devices, control panels, wireless access points and gateways. Silicon Labs’ Thread solution offers a simple, secure and scalable way to wirelessly interconnect hundreds of connected home devices and to seamlessly bridge those devices to the Internet. Thread software provides a self-healing, IPv6-based mesh network capable of scaling to 250+ nodes with no single point of failure. The protocol provides extensive support for “sleepy” end nodes to enable years of low-energy operation using a single battery as well as simplified commissioning. Users can easily add nodes to a network using a smar tphone or browser. Silicon Labs’ Thread stack uses banking-class, end-to-end security to join nodes to the network and proven AES-128 cryptography to secure all networking transactions.

Silicon Laboratories Inc. Introduces an Integrated Clock IC for Wireless Infrastructure Applications

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced an integrated clock IC for wireless infrastructure applications including small cell and macro cell base stations. The company's new Si5380 clock generator is the clock IC capable of replacing a low phase noise integer-N clock, voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO), discrete loop filters and voltage regulator components with one single-chip device. The Si5380 clock provides comparable phase noise performance to discrete conventional solutions while delivering breakthrough advancements in solution footprint, bill of materials (BOM) cost, power consumption, performance and ease of use. The Si5380 clock leverages the company's latest fourth-generation DSPLL technology to provide a purpose-built solution optimized for next-generation small cells and macro cell remote radio head (RRH) designs. DSPLL technology's innovative dual-loop mixed-signal architecture integrates a single high-performance 15 GHz analog voltage-controlled oscillator within a digital phase-locked-loop (PLL) architecture that eliminates the need for discrete loop filters and low-drop-out (LDO) regulators. The resulting clock solution provides an optimal combination of ultra-low phase noise clock synthesis with best-in-class PLL integration. The Si5380 clock has a 66% smaller printed circuit board (PCB) footprint and 30% lower power consumption than competing VCXO-based clock IC solutions. Power-efficient timing components are especially important for today's small cells, which have limited power budgets and often are powered using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Given that the DSPLL integrates all PLL and power supply regulation elements on-chip, the Si5380 device delivers high board-level noise immunity, integrated power supply noise rejection and consistent, repeatable phase noise performance across temperature. While VCXO-based clock solutions often suffer from degraded spurious performance when subjected to vibration, the Si5380 device's integrated DSPLL technology provides excellent spurious response regardless of the system environment.

Silicon Labs Announces Industry’s First Single-Chip Clock IC for Wireless Base Stations

Silicon Labs introduced the industry’s most highly integrated clock IC for wireless infrastructure applications including small cell and macro cell base stations. Silicon Labs’ new Si5380 clock generator is the industry’s first clock IC capable of replacing a low phase noise integer-N clock, voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO), discrete loop filters and voltage regulator components with one single-chip device. The Si5380 clock provides comparable phase noise performance to discrete conventional solutions while delivering breakthrough advancements in solution footprint, bill of materials (BOM) cost, power consumption, performance and ease of use. According to a recent Cisco study, global mobile data traffic will soar nearly ten-fold between 2014 and 2019, driven by video streaming services and the widespread adoption of IoT-connected devices. While base station suppliers are tasked with developing new 4G/LTE equipment that increases network capacity and coverage, it is becoming an increasingly difficult design challenge for small cells because they are often deployed in space-constrained, low-power outdoor locations in congested urban environments. Silicon Labs’ new Si5380 clock is the industry’s first single-chip wireless clock IC optimized for size, power, integration and performance, making it an ideal fit for small cell applications. The Si5380 clock leverages Silicon Labs’ latest fourth-generation DSPLL technology to provide a purpose-built solution optimized for next-generation small cells and macro cell remote radio head (RRH) designs. DSPLL technology’s innovative dual-loop mixed-signal architecture integrates a single high-performance 15 GHz analog voltage-controlled oscillator within a digital phase-locked-loop (PLL) architecture that eliminates the need for discrete loop filters and low-drop-out (LDO) regulators. The resulting clock solution provides an optimal combination of ultra-low phase noise clock synthesis with best-in-class PLL integration. The Si5380 clock has a 66% smaller printed circuit board (PCB) footprint and 30% lower power consumption than competing VCXO-based clock IC solutions. Power-efficient timing components are especially important for today’s small cells, which have limited power budgets and often are powered using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Given that the DSPLL integrates all PLL and power supply regulation elements on-chip, the Si5380 device delivers high board-level noise immunity, integrated power supply noise rejection and consistent, repeatable phase noise performance across temperature. While VCXO-based clock solutions often suffer from degraded spurious performance when subjected to vibration, the Si5380 device’s integrated DSPLL technology provides excellent spurious response regardless of the system environment. Furthermore, the Si5380 clock guarantees low phase noise operation when locked to a high jitter input clock, ensuring that data converter performance is not degraded by external effects. The Si5380 generates 4G/LTE frequencies up to 1.47456 GHz and provides up to 12 independently configurable clocks, which can be used for clocking JESD204B-compliant data converters, FPGAs and other logic devices.

Silicon Labs Introduces Flexible Dual-Mode Bluetooth Module Solution

Silicon Labs unveiled a dual-mode Bluetooth® Smart Ready module solution that gives embedded developers unparalleled flexibility to integrate both Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Basic Rate/Enhanced Data Rate (BR/EDR) wireless technologies while minimizing design time, cost and complexity. The new Bluetooth Smart Ready BT121 module from Bluegiga, a Silicon Labs company, provides a pre-certified, fully integrated, high-performance solution that includes the Bluetooth radio, microcontroller (MCU) and on-board Bluetooth software stack supported by Silicon Labs’ complimentary Bluetooth Smart Ready software development kit (SDK) and easy-to-use BGScript™ scripting language. The BT121 Bluetooth Smart Ready module and software are designed to help developers accelerate time to market and reduce development costs and compliance risks by providing a versatile, plug-and-play Bluetooth solution. The BT121 module is ideal for applications requiring connectivity to legacy devices that only support Bluetooth BR/EDR, as well the latest applications using Bluetooth Smart such as connected home, health and fitness, wearables and point-of-sale terminals. There are millions of legacy smart phones, tablets and PCs still in service that do not support Bluetooth Smart technology. Additionally, some applications require the higher throughput advantages of Bluetooth Classic technology, which Bluetooth Smart is not designed to achieve. The BT121 module provides a “best of both worlds” solution for both ultra-low-power and high-data-rate Bluetooth connectivity applications. The module can connect to legacy devices that only support Bluetooth SPP or Apple® iAP2 profiles, for example, as well as to devices that support Bluetooth Smart. The easy-to-use BT121 module integrates a high-performance Bluetooth radio with an extended range of up to 400 meters, a low-power ARM® MCU, and a fully certified Bluetooth Smart Ready protocol stack in a compact 11 mm x 14 mm surface-mount package, making this one of the smallest Bluetooth Smart Ready modules in the market.

Silicon Labs Introduces Most Energy-Friendly USB Microcontrollers

Silicon Labs introduced the most energy-friendly USB-enabled microcontrollers (MCUs). The latest addition to Silicon Labs’ EFM32 32-bit MCU portfolio, the new Happy Gecko MCUs are designed to deliver the lowest USB power drain in the industry, enabling longer battery life and energy harvesting applications. Based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ core and low-energy peripherals, the Happy Gecko family simplifies USB connectivity for a wide range of IoT applications including smart metering, home and building automation, alarm and security systems, smart accessories and wearable devices. A supplier of USB bridge chips and smart interface ICs [5], Silicon Labs developed the Happy Gecko family to address the rising demand for cost-effective, low-power USB connectivity solutions. With more than three billion USB-enabled devices shipping each year, USB is the faster growing interface for consumer applications and is also gaining significant traction in industrial automation. In today’s IoT world, developers have discovered that adding USB interfaces to portable, battery-powered connected devices can double the application current consumption. Silicon Labs’ Happy Gecko MCUs provide an ideal energy-friendly USB connectivity solution for these power-sensitive IoT applications. Happy Gecko USB MCUs feature an advanced energy management system with five energy modes enabling applications to remain in an energy-optimal state by spending as little time as possible in active mode. In deep-sleep mode, Happy Gecko MCUs have an 0.9 µA standby current consumption (with a 32.768 kHz RTC, RAM/CPU state retention, brown-out detector and power-on-reset circuitry active). Active-mode power consumption drops down to 130 µA/MHz at 24 MHz with real-world code (prime number algorithm). The USB MCUs further reduce power consumption with a 2-microsecond wakeup time from standby mode. Like all EFM32 MCUs, the Happy Gecko family includes the Peripheral Reflex System (PRS) feature, which greatly enhances overall energy efficiency. The six-channel PRS monitors complex system-level events and allows different MCU peripherals to communicate autonomously with each other without CPU intervention. The PRS watches for specific events to occur before waking the CPU, thereby keeping the Cortex-M0+ core in an energy-saving standby mode as long as possible, reducing system power consumption and extending battery life. Happy Gecko MCUs feature many of the same low-energy precision analog peripherals included in other popular EFM32 devices. These low-energy peripherals include an analog comparator, supply voltage comparator, on-chip temperature sensor, programmable current digital-to-analog converter (IDAC), and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with 350 µA current consumption at a 1 MHz sample rate. On-chip AES encryption enables the secure deployment of wireless connectivity for IoT applications such as smart meters and wireless sensor networks. The Happy Gecko family’s exceptional single-die integration enables developers to reduce component count and bill-of-materials (BOM) cost. While typical USB connectivity alternatives require external components such as crystals and regulators, the highly integrated Happy Gecko MCUs eliminate nearly all of these discretes with a crystal-less architecture featuring a full-speed USB PHY, an on-chip regulator and resistors. Happy Gecko MCUs are available in a choice of space-saving QFN, QFP and chip-scale package (CSP) options small enough for use in USB connectors and thin-form-factor wearable designs.

 

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