Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)-compliant mesh support has been extended to the widely used SmartBond Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip (SoC) family of devices from Dialog Semiconductor plc.
Dialog is rolling out mesh support for the latest SmartBond products, starting with the DA14682 and DA14683, and then closely followed by the DA14586 and the DA14585, including its high-temperature derivatives. All of these devices are Bluetooth 5-qualified, enabling efficient best-in-class mesh implementation.
The recently-adopted Bluetooth mesh specification turns Bluetooth devices into nodes of an interlinked network that can span greater distances, addressing longstanding challenges that Bluetooth standards have faced. This guarantees consumer interoperability between devices from different manufacturers, ensuring a smooth user experience and allowing ease of control from your smartphone, tablet or voice-controlled smart speaker device.
With mesh networking support, Bluetooth low energy is a candidate for implementing mesh networks in consumer applications such as smart home, smart lighting and beacons, in addition to commercial applications such as industrial automation, asset tracking, energy management and smart cities.
To reduce customer development time, Dialog offers a qualified and tested mesh evaluation system, which can run on any of its supported SmartBond device hardware development kits. The DA14683 USB development kit, for example, is a small form factor, single board development kit with an on-board debugger, including the mikroBUS™ interface, enabling easy connections to a multitude of sensor shields. In addition to this full set of development tools, Dialog also provides an iOS and Android application to allow their customers to provision, configure and control Bluetooth mesh nodes from their smartphone or tablet.
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