Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Embedded World keynote to address IoT technology trends

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
Silicon Labs’ CEO Tyson Tuttle will give an RF expert’s view on technology trends in the internet of things in the opening-day keynote address at Embedded World in Nuremberg in February.
The keynote will discuss technology trends and challenges in today’s IoT market including implementation of ultra-low-power embedded wireless platforms required by connected device applications. Tuttle will explore an array of existing and emerging wireless connectivity technology options for the IoT including low-power Wifi, Bluetooth Smart, Zigbee and Thread protocol for IP mesh networking.
“We look forward to sharing our vision of the internet of things with the embedded industry’s top engineering minds,” said Tuttle. “Developing connected devices for the IoT is the most exciting challenge facing our industry today. We will reach a tipping point in 2015 in which advances in low-energy design, wireless protocols, application-layer standards and SoC integration will converge to drive large-scale deployments across all IoT segments.”
Engineers from Texas-based Silicon Labs will make two presentations during the Embedded World conference – one on network performance, reliability and metrics for embedded IP mesh networks and the other on designing a winning wearable product.
The company will show its latest hardware and software for the IoT with hands-on demonstrations on its stand. These will include a demonstration of how to simplify IoT designs, increase system battery life, future-proof products and get to market faster with the company’s energy-friendly MCUs – 32bit Arm-based EFM32 Gecko MCU or 8051-based 8bit MCU.
Visitors will be able to compare IP-based IoT connectivity with a live demo of Thread software and explore the seamless migration path between Zigbee and Thread protocols using over-the-air software updates. They will also see how to get smart metering designs on a faster track with Wireless M-Bus hardware and software based on low-energy, long-range EZRadio Pro and EFM32 Gecko connectivity platforms.
Engineers plan to show how to reduce the cost, power, complexity and size of battery-powered IoT applications with the company’s Sensor Puck, a smart environmental and biometric sensing system that fits a smartwatch form factor. Low-power IoT applications can be built using this for sensing heart rate, UV index, relative humidity and temperature while running on a single low-power coin cell battery.
To help embedded developers accelerate their IoT design projects, Silicon Labs will give free EFM32 Gecko MCU, 8bit MCU and sensor development kits to qualified developers at the show.