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NUREMBERG, Germany --Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced a new family of 32-bit wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) designed to simplify a wide range of IoT connectivity applications. The new EZR32 wireless MCUs deliver best-in-class power efficiency and sub-GHz RF performance and enable any application requiring longer battery life, increased wireless range, small form factor, and the flexibility to support proprietary and industry-standard wireless protocols with a single-chip device. Target applications for the EZR32 family include smart metering, wireless sensor networks, home and building automation, security systems, remote monitoring, and asset tracking.

Combining an EFM32™ MCU core with EZRadio/EZRadioPRO sub-GHz transceivers, EZR32 wireless MCUs offer developers significant advantages over conventional system designs that pair discrete MCUs with RF devices. Seamless “MCU+RF” integration frees developers from the challenge of making complex interconnections between the MCU and the radio, resulting in an easier design process and simpler board designs with less susceptibility to interference. Developers can begin their wireless designs secure in the knowledge that they are getting a fully tested, field-proven, single-chip wireless MCU solution that helps reduce component count and board size for space-constrained applications. [Continue reading →]

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Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today introduced two economical, easy-to-use development kits to accelerate the design of environmental and biometric sensing applications for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Target applications for the kits include home security systems, smart thermostats, smoke detectors, weather stations, smart watches, fitness bands, heart-rate earphones and other wearable products. Silicon Labs is demonstrating the new environmental and biometric sensing development kits at its booth in the IoT/Wearable Zone in Hall 4 at IIC-China in Shenzhen this week.

Silicon Labs’ SLSTK3201A environmental sensing development kit streamlines the process of developing IoT products that sense relative humidity (RH), temperature, ultraviolet (UV) light, ambient light, proximity and human gestures. The development kit combines an EFM32™ Zero Gecko microcontroller (MCU) starter kit with a sensor expansion board. The kit also features a gesture-controlled weather station application that tracks RH, temperature and UV index. Complete source code is available from Silicon Labs’ Simplicity Studio™ development platform, substantially reducing application development time.[Continue reading →]

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