Understanding BLE Beacons and their Applications

Understanding BLE Beacons and their Applications
by eInfochips on 09-14-2021 at 10:00 am

3. BLE Advertising Payload

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon is mostly a small battery powered radio transmitter that sends Bluetooth advertising packets containing information like URL (Universal Resource Locator), UUID (Universal Unique Identifier), battery voltage, temperature, transmit power at regular intervals to the mobile or fixed devices.… Read More


Low Power Positioning for Logistics – Ultimate Tracking

Low Power Positioning for Logistics – Ultimate Tracking
by Bernard Murphy on 06-23-2021 at 6:00 am

logistics min

When thinking about positioning you probably first think of navigation. The device in your car that helps get from where you are to where you want to be. Or navigating while hiking in the backcountry. But those applications are not the where the big unit growth will come. The biggest demand will be in asset tracking, expected to reach… Read More


WEBINAR: Using Design Porting as a Method to Access Foundry Capacity

WEBINAR: Using Design Porting as a Method to Access Foundry Capacity
by Tom Simon on 06-08-2021 at 6:00 am

Schematic Porting the NanoBeacon

There have always been good reasons to port designs to new foundries or processes. These reasons have included reusing IP in new projects, moving an entire design to a smaller node to improve PPA, or second sourcing manufacturing. While there can be many potential business motivations for any of the above, in today’s environment… Read More


Combo Wireless. I Want it All, I Want it Now

Combo Wireless. I Want it All, I Want it Now
by Bernard Murphy on 09-08-2020 at 6:00 am

Mixed wireless

When we think of wireless it is natural to wonder “which one – cellular, Wi-Fi, BLE?” Our phones support everything but those are pricey devices. What if we wanted the same combo wireless option in a low-cost IoT device, maybe something that only need to send a small amount of data periodically? Logistics applications are a good example.… Read More


Mesh Networks, Redux

Mesh Networks, Redux
by Bernard Murphy on 09-27-2018 at 7:00 am

It isn’t hard to understand the advantage of mesh networking (in wireless networks). Unlike star/tree configurations in which end-points connect to a nearby hub (such as phones connecting to a conventional wireless access point), in a mesh nodes can connect to nearest neighbors, which can connect to their nearest neighbors… Read More


A Turnkey Platform for High-Volume IoT

A Turnkey Platform for High-Volume IoT
by Bernard Murphy on 04-12-2018 at 7:00 am

Innovation in smart homes, smart buildings, smart factories and many other contexts differentiates in sensing, in some cases actuation, implementation certainly (low power for example) and rolling up data to the cloud. It isn’t in the on-board CPU and I doubt any of those entrepreneurs want to create their own Bluetooth or Wi-Fi… Read More


Webinar: Recipe to consume less than 0.5 µA in sleep mode

Webinar: Recipe to consume less than 0.5 µA in sleep mode
by Eric Esteve on 05-19-2017 at 12:00 pm

Dolphin is addressing the ultra-low-power (ULP) needs for some applications, like for example Bluetooth low energy (BLE), machine-to-machine (M2M) or IoT edge devices in general. For these applications, defining active and sleep modes is imperative, but it may not be enough to guarantee that the battery-powered system will… Read More


New Protocol (NB- IoT) Requires New DSP IP and New Business Model

New Protocol (NB- IoT) Requires New DSP IP and New Business Model
by Eric Esteve on 02-23-2017 at 12:10 pm

If we agree on the definition of IoT as a distributed set of services based on sensing, sharing and controlling through new nodes, we realize that these nodes are a big hardware opportunity. The chip makers and IP vendors have to create innovative SoC, delivering high performance at low cost and low energy. Moreover, the new systems… Read More


An Easy Path to Bluetooth 5-enabled SoC Design

An Easy Path to Bluetooth 5-enabled SoC Design
by Bernard Murphy on 02-02-2017 at 7:00 am

Bluetooth (BT) was never a bit-player in communication but what surprised me is that is already dominating the market, at least as measured by radios sold, and is likely to extend that lead over the next 5 years. Particularly impressive is that BT already leads cellular and WiFi. This strength is certainly influenced by sales into… Read More


CES: Carnival Corp Personifies Key to Monetizing IoT

CES: Carnival Corp Personifies Key to Monetizing IoT
by Mitch Heins on 01-09-2017 at 12:00 pm

When one thinks of CES, one typically thinks of the latest in virtual reality or huge super high resolution televisions, sophisticated drones and robots. However, what caught my eye this year came from a company you don’t typically associate with high tech gadgets and that was Carnival Corporation. Yep, the company with all of … Read More