Amazon Sidewalk SoCs & Developer Tools help to accelerate adoption

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At its ‘Works with Developers Conference’, in Austin, Texas, Silicon Labs has unveiled a new family of systems on chips (SoCs) that have been optimised for Amazon Sidewalk.

The SG23 and SG28 SoCs, along with new developer tools, and the previously announced Silicon Labs Pro Kit for Amazon Sidewalk, provide a complete development platform for Amazon’s rapidly growing network.

“Amazon Sidewalk brings many unique features for device developers, along with several unique requirements,” said Jake Alamat, Senior Vice President of Home and Life IoT at Silicon Labs. “By working closely with Amazon, we’ve been a leader in arming developers with the hardware, software, and development tools they need to navigate the Amazon Sidewalk development process.”

Due to the breadth of technologies and protocols that exist in the IoT today, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing the right development platform for a device. In response, Silicon Labs has built its portfolio with different device families and derivatives for different parts, like the BG line of Bluetooth SoCs and the ZG line of Z-Wave SoCs, and now, the SG family of SoCs that have been optimised for Amazon Sidewalk.

The always-on, community-driven Amazon Sidewalk network uses three different radios: Bluetooth LE for device provisioning and nearby device connectivity, sub-GHz FSK for connectivity up to one mile, and a proprietary CSS radio for extreme long-range.

Most Amazon Sidewalk end-devices will support Bluetooth LE and one of the two long-range protocols: FSK or CSS.

The SG28 includes two dual-band SoCs with radios for both sub-GHz FSK as well as Bluetooth LE. For device makers, the SG28 dual-band parts help simplify their devices and reduce cost by including the two most used radios on Sidewalk end-devices in one package, while the SG23 provides security and a robust sub-GHz link budget for long-range, end-node devices.

Unveiled earlier this year Amazon Sidewalk opened for developers but, as a new platform, developers still need to be educated on how they can best create devices for it.

In response Silicon Labs, working with Amazon, has created the Amazon Sidewalk Developer’s Journey with Silicon Labs.

Across 12 steps organised in three stages, the Developer’s Journey guides developers through the complete process, from determining if their targeted region has Amazon Sidewalk coverage, all the way through device deployment and ongoing support for devices in the field.

Throughout, the steps are explained through technical documentation, videos, and code samples, with the option to engage a Silicon Labs expert for support. Silicon Labs provides all the tools needed for each step, and by following the Developers Journey, device makers are well-positioned for Amazon Web Services and Amazon Sidewalk certification and approval.