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Bluetooth low energy IoT development kit

July 2019 Industrial Wireless

RS Components is now offering the Bluetooth Low Energy IoT Development Kit (B-IDK) from ON Semiconductor. Based on the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth Low Energy radio System-on-Chip (SoC), the modular platform is well suited to designers developing IoT applications with extended battery life including smart appliances, asset trackers, wearables and smart lighting.

The ON Semiconductor RSL10 SoC is the industry’s lowest-power Bluetooth 5 certified radio, optimised for Bluetooth Low Energy applications. Featuring an Arm Cortex-M3 core, and a low power DSP and a 2,4 GHz transceiver, its peak receive power is 7 mW and its ‘deep sleep’ consumption when inactive is just 62,5 nW. Designed for use with 1,2 and 1,5 V batteries, the RSL10 accepts a voltage supply range between 1,1 and 3,3 V without requiring a DC/DC converter.

The B-IDK is a modular node-to-cloud IoT platform for development of Bluetooth Low Energy applications. It comprises an RSL10 baseboard (BDK-GEVK) and is supported by a range of modular sensor and actuator hardware options. The intuitive and easy to use Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and software featuring several examples enables rapid development of many IoT use cases. The BDK-GEVK comes with a configurable mobile app that controls the sensors and actuators. The app also supports cloud connectivity, allowing MQTT publishing of and subscribing to sensor/actuator data via AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud or custom cloud services.

Sensor options for use with the BDK-GEVK include Ambient Light, Inertial and Environment (ALS/IMU/ENV), proximity and motion, and touch/level. Higher power control options come in the form of actuator daughter cards that plug into the baseboard via ON Semiconductor’s BDK-DCDC-GEVB DC power adaptor. They include a power ballast with dual LED driver, a stepper motor controller and a brushless DC motor controller.

The B-IDK software includes the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) vendor-independent development pack for the Arm Cortex-M processor series. The package provides detailed documentation and ready to use sample code for several use cases.


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