Silicon Labs Announced Development Kit for Bluetooth Location Services

Silicon Labs announced the BG22 Bluetooth Dual Polarized Antenna Array Pro Kit, used to develop Bluetooth Location Services based on its recently introduced BG22 SiP modules and SoCs, which can operate for up to ten years on only a coin cell battery. With Silicon Labs’ software, these devices can track assets, perform indoor navigation and locate tags with sub-meter accuracy.

The BG22 Bluetooth Dual Polarized Antenna Array Pro Kit is designed for evaluation and development of Angle of Arrival (AoA) and Angle of Departure (AoD) support provided in the Bluetooth 5.1 specification. It includes a 4×4 Antenna Array board with reference designs and documentation to enable integration of this array into locator and gateway designs, and all the necessary tools for developing high-volume, scalable Direction-Finding solutions.

In many industries, locating inventory and physical assets can often be a time-consuming process. This is a problem across many industries, such as an assembly line for an automotive manufacturer with an average of 30,000 parts per vehicle. While there are several existing location-based technologies, they are plagued by limitations: GPS is ineffective indoors, Wi-Fi has varying degrees of accuracy, and the very-accurate ultra-wideband (UWB) can be expensive and has high energy requirements.

According to Silicon Labs, Bluetooth is a mature technology that can overcome many of these barriers. Building on Bluetooth 5.1, Silicon Labs has developed new software, designed to maximize the location-finding capabilities of our BG22 series of SoCs and SiP modules.

Silicon Labs is represented in Israel by Elina Engineering 

Contact: Yossi Chen, +972-44902499, [email protected]

 

Bluetooth BLE 5.2 practical workshops by Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs holds a series of Bluetooth workshops focused on Bluetooth BLE 5.2 solutions. During the workshops, engineers learn new ways to integrate Bluetooth connectivity into the next project. Each practical session will explore and solve challenges developers often face when building new Bluetooth designs. These solutions will be demonstrated using Silicon Labs ultra-low-power and secure EFR32BG22 Bluetooth 5.2 SoC.

Next topics include: How Security Encryption is Handled by Hardware and Software, Understand Your Bluetooth Mesh Traffic Using Network Analyzer, PDM Interface to Digital Microphones and Security Configuration. Atendees will recieve the Thunderboard BG22 Kit: a small form-factor, optimized development platform for adding Bluetooth connectivity to battery-powered IoT products.

The Thunderboard EFR32BG22 ships with a Bluetooth demo that works with a cloud connected smartphone app, showcasing easy collection of environmental and motion sensor data, as well as button and LED control. A built in SEGGER J-Link debugger ensures easy debugging through the USB Micro-B connector.

Elina Engineering represents Silicon Labs in Israel. Contact: Yossi Chen. +972-544902499

For More Information: Bluetooth Workshops: BG22 Project Series