What’s all the buzz around Thread?

      Skip Ashton, VP of Engineering Software at Silicon Labs From the Thread Group launch on July 15 to the Thread Information Session at the Googleplex on September 30, the buzz and excitement around the new Thread protocol continues to build. The Thread initiative has generated tons of positive press coverage, and questions about…

Three Types of HMI Used in the IoT

Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) represent some of the most rapidly evolving technology existing beneath the IoT umbrella. Want a thermostat whose display brightens when it senses your approach? You’ll need a proximity sensor for that. A fitness band that monitors heart rate? That’s HMI, too. Devices that respond to your gestures? You guessed it. Many…

Types of M2M Interfaces Used in the IoT

Machine-to-machine interfaces are as old as computer automation itself. With the advent of the Internet of Things, the need for effective M2M interfaces will only grow. There are several IoT-ready 8-bit MCU applications for M2M. Let’s look at a few of them. Generic Interfaces Many 8051 MCUs have at least one UART and one I2C…

Overview of 8-bit MCUs in the IoT

Today’s IoT connected device applications need a broad array of MCUs in order to address complex communication challenges in multi-protocol environments. Often, a multitude of MCU interfaces and connectivity technologies have to co-exist on the same die just to accommodate the diverse IoT ecosystem. If you’ve ever deal with RF integration in particular you know…

Low-Power Embedded Design Tips for Wearables

Wearable devices, from smart watches to portable health and fitness trackers, are changing many aspects of our daily lives. A successful wearable device must deliver the right combination of price, performance, functionality and battery life, as well as a unique look, feel and behavior to differentiate itself from its competitors. To reduce the microcontroller’s impact…

Four key application areas powered by low-power microcontrollers

Microcontrollers have been widely used for smart applications as there are more electronic devices than people on the planet. In this blog post, we asked Greg Hogdson, Director of Marketing for Silicon Labs’ microcontroller products, about his perspective on low-power microcontrollers for four applications areas such as home appliance, LED lighting, automotive and Internet of…

Key factors enabling smart home applications

In this blog post, Ted Batey, Sr. Marketing Manager for MCU products at Silicon Labs, shares insights into today’s smart home application development challenges and the latest breakthroughs in key technology enablers.  The smart home is a prime example of how utility, telecommunications and security service providers around the world are leveraging the power of…