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No battery, no wires - Bluetooth Low Energy reference design introduced by ZF

ZF has introduced a reference design for an Energy Harvesting Bluetooth Low Energy Switch in a partnership with ON Semiconductor.

The design combines ZF’s energy harvesting generator with the Bluetooth 5 radio RSL10 SIP from ON Semi.

The generator enables designers to develop bespoke battery-free and wireless control solutions for a wide range of low cost, low-energy applications, says ZF.

The transmitter is designed for evaluation, and for integration into an application the PCB wings can be cut to size.

The reference design works in Advertising Mode with uni-directional uplink communication and offers various pairing options. The operation can be shown via a smartphone app (IOS: Bluetooth Smart Scanner and Android: Bluetooth Low Energy Analyser) which displays all received telegrams.

A supporting demo kit based on the reference design for the Energy Harvesting Bluetooth Low Energy Switch, and ON Semi’s Bluetooth IoT Development Kit (B-IDK) is also available from ON Semi. The kit shows the capabilities of the battery-free and wireless switch in combination with an LED lighting application.

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Bethan Grylls

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