Silicon Labs: simultaneous operation of Zigbee and Bluetooth low energy on a single SoC

Silicon Labs has released new dynamic multiprotocol software for its Wireless Gecko SoC and module portfolio, enabling simultaneous operation of Zigbee and Bluetooth low energy on a single SoC and bringing together the key application benefits of both protocols. This multiprotocol solution enables advanced functionality for Internet of Things applications without incurring the additional complexity and hardware cost of a two-chip architecture, thereby reducing the wireless subsystem bill-of-materials cost and size by up to 40 percent.

Dynamic multiprotocol software allows users to commission, update, control and monitor Zigbee mesh networks directly over Bluetooth with smartphone apps. The software also makes it easier to deploy scalable indoor location-based service infrastructure by extending Zigbee-based connected lighting and building automation systems with Bluetooth beacons. By adding Bluetooth LE features to Zigbee mesh networks, developers can create next-generation IoT applications that are easier to deploy, use and update.

Silicon Labs’ dynamic multiprotocol software is powered by highly optimized wireless protocol stacks and an advanced radio scheduler running on Micrium OS. The software development kit is available in Simplicity Studio and includes a connected lighting demo supported on selected Wireless Gecko starter kits and mobile app reference designs.


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