Microchip Technology Inc. today released a demonstration platform for the world’s lowest-power Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor node. The platform comes complete with the award-winning ultra-low-power BTLC1000-certified module, a SMART SAM L21 Cortex®-M0+ MCU, Bosch sensor technology and a complete software solution.
Low power, smaller form factor and quick time to market are critical factors to making the billions of ‘smart’ and ‘connected’ things a reality in the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. Microchip’s complete BLE sensor node demonstration platform integrates all these critical factors. For designs requiring low power and smaller form factors, the kit integrates the BTLC1000-MR110CA BLE module which utilizes the world’s lowest-power and smallest BLE solution, delivering at least 30 percent more power savings compared to existing solutions and packaged in an ultra-tiny 2.2 mm × 2.1 mm Wafer Level Chipscale Package (WLCP). The platform also includes the SAM L21 that achieves a ULPBench score of 185, the highest recorded score for any Cortex-M0+ while running the EEMBC ULPBench, with power consumption down to 35 µA/MHz in active mode and 200 nA in sleep mode. By using these components, it is possible to increase battery life up to 4X longer than current solutions on the market. The kit also includes the latest-generation Bosch 6-axis motion (BHI160) and environment (BME280) sensors that can be used for a wide variety of sensing applications. The BLE demonstration platform is an out-of-the-box solution that comes complete with source code, hardware design files, user guide and Android application source code that enable designers to bring their products to market faster.
The Ultra-Low-Power Connected Demonstrator Platform is available today.