Silicon Lab launches new wireless platform

Silicon Labs has introduced the next generation of its Wireless Gecko platform, Series 2, designed to make Internet of Things (IoT) products more powerful, efficient and reliable.

IoT developers routinely face product design tradeoffs around wireless range, power consumption, size, security and cost. The Series 2 wireless connectivity portfolio aims to simplify IoT product design with highly-integrated SoC options and reusable software, designed to make RF communication more dependable and energy efficient.

The initial Series 2 products include small-form-factor system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices with a dedicated security core and an on-chip radio. According to Silicon Labs this delivers 2.5x the wireless range of competing solutions. The device is also said to "offer best in class RF performance", with +20 dBm output power and up to +124.5 dB link budget.

The first products in Silicon Labs’ Series 2 portfolio include EFR32MG21 SoCs supporting multiprotocol, Zigbee, Thread and Bluetooth mesh networking, and EFR32BG21 SoCs dedicated to Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth mesh. These SoCs are suitable for line-powered IoT products including gateways, hubs, lights, voice assistants and smart electric meters.