Low power, integrated smart home chipset

Redpine Signals announced the launch of a semiconductor chip for building smart home devices – the RS9116N-DBT.

As the IoT pervades the home, office, healthcare centre, hotel, and school, the availability of a viable wireless network has become increasingly important.

Redpine believes that traditional ways of delivering wireless connectivity such as separate Wi-Fi links and a ZigBee mesh are no longer sufficient. An application independent low power mesh running on standard IP protocol, along with nodes independently able to connect to the home Wi-Fi router, it says has become imperative.

The RS9116N-DBT chipset has been designed to address important requirements for smart home devices, including simultaneously available multi-protocol wireless connectivity, ultra low power, high data performance, high level of security, and the capability to run edge intelligence and offer whole home coverage.

Housed in a small 8.8 x 8 mm BGA package, the RS9116N-DBT integrates an ARM Cortex M4 MCU, hardware security, and multiple wireless protocols at what Redpine says is an industry-leading power consumption point.

It fully contains protocol stacks for Wi-Fi, BT, BLE, ZigBee and Thread, and includes automated mesh formation and reconfiguration capability to provide robust, whole home coverage.

It includes a wireless wake-up receiver that remains on at a few microamps of current and being ready to wake up the rest of the device only when required, triggered by specific incoming wireless signals.