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Enable IoT Bluetooth Low Energy Applications and Battery-less Sensing

- May 15, 2018 -

Enable IoT Bluetooth Low Energy Applications and Battery-less Sensing


Introduction: The deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technology has begun to make real progress. The potential size and diversity of the market is inspiring major innovations, and new technological advances and emerging communications protocols are helping IoT move forward to predict billions of nodes in the coming years.

The deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technology has begun to make real progress. The potential size and diversity of the market is inspiring major innovations, and new technological advances and emerging communications protocols are helping IoT move forward to predict billions of nodes in the coming years.

Engineers may have a wealth of expertise in their specific functional areas, but they may be tiring when dealing with unfamiliar IoT hardware and software design and development challenges. As this situation becomes more common, engineers need node-to-cloud platforms such as the multifaceted IoT Development Kit (IDK) from ON Semiconductor, which have been proven to help accelerate and simplify designs in a large number of different areas. Deploy IoT functionality.

With the wide variety of connectivity, sensing and actuation options available to designers, developing IoT solutions has become more complex. Prototyping platforms can greatly reduce product development and deployment time if they can evaluate multiple energy efficiency options and rapidly prototype end-to-end solutions. Platforms such as IDK with multiple connectivity, sensing, and actuation options provide design flexibility that is critical during the evaluation and prototyping stages.

ON Semiconductor's IDK recently added two shielding boards (daughter boards) for Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity and reading temperature, pressure, and humidity data from the company's battery-less energy harvesting sensors.

The new shield brings a new customer layer to IDK, making it possible for unique types of IoT applications. Energy harvesting and battery-free sensing technologies have created new IoT use case paradigms in industrial quality control, predictive maintenance, health monitoring, and agriculture. At the same time, the ubiquitous Bluetooth low energy technology creates the possibility of wireless connectivity that has the least impact on battery life - a "must have" condition for many IoT implementations.

Enable IoT Bluetooth Low Energy Applications and Battery-less Sensing

The newly released shield, together with the existing sensing, actuation and connection options, significantly expands the applications that can be built on IDK. In addition, using ultra-low-power devices on the IDK allows designers to create IoT products with longer battery life.

IDK's hardware products are complemented by an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) with an intuitive user interface. The IDE also provides various APIs and use cases for vertical areas such as smart home/building, predictive maintenance, wearable/mobile medical. The software framework also includes a C++ compiler, debugger, code editor, and some application-related libraries.

IDK also includes design circuit diagrams, PCB layouts, and light-drawing files, further accelerating the rapid convergence of design from concept, development, and production, allowing end-product design to be completed with almost “clip-art” methods