New Microchip Demo Platform Boasts Lowest Power BLE Sensor Node

By Ken Briodagh July 25, 2016

Microchip Technology, a microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions provider,  is claiming that it has the world’s lowest-power Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor node and has released a new demonstration platform to prove it, 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.

“Microchip is continuing to release new innovative tools to enable more IoT developers to get their differentiated products to market, faster,” said Rod Drake, VP, 32-bit MCU business unit, Microchip. “This new demonstration platform not only triggers an opportunity to inspire more IoT developers to design next-generation products, the platform also highlights innovative ways of integrating sensor technology with a low-power MCU and connectivity for applications running on traditional coin cell batteries.”

Microchip says its BLE sensor node is designed to deliver at least 30 percent more power savings compared to existing solutions and its power consumption is down to 35 µA/MHz in active mode and 200 nA in sleep mode. This combination, the company said, increases battery life up to four times longer than current solutions on the market. This out-of-the-box kit 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.

“Microchip's new BLE sensor node platform provides an excellent demo for sensing systems in next-generation IoT applications,” said Jeanne Forget, VP, Marketing, Bosch Sensortec. “With the latest applications in personal health and fitness, indoor navigation, wearables, gaming, context awareness and augmented reality, sensors are required for a more immersive experience, and our sensors enable this experience for tomorrow's applications.”

The Ultra-Low-Power Connected Demonstrator Platform is available today at a recommended end user price of $39 at:

Edited by Alicia Young

Editorial Director

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