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Digi-Key at Embedded World 2022 with Laird Connectivity

23rd June 2022
Kiera Sowery

At embedded world 2022, on the Digi-Key booth, Paige West speaks with Jonathan Kaye, VP, Product Management & Marketing at Laird Connectivity about the newest addition to Laird Connectivity’s extensive Bluetooth Low Energy product range.

For over a decade, Laird Connectivity has been making Bluetooth low energy modules. The Lyra Series is Laird Connectivity's first module with Silicon Labs. The company took its experience doing design, development and manufacturing of Bluetooth low energy modules and has applied that and its value added software implementations to the Silicon Labs part. This has driven for its customers the opportunity to use a new manufacturer, a dominant SOC manufacturer in the IoT and wireless space, and apply it to Laird Connectivity's position as a dominant module vendor in that spot. The seamless partnership provies customers with multiple software development options suited to their resources and skillsets in Bluetooth LE-enabled product development.

The module is using the Silicon Labs EFR32BG22 SoC, giving customers a range of flexible modules that marry all the benefits of Silicon Labs hardware, software and tool offerings with Laird Connectivity's added value application software, services, certification and support capabilities. 

The Lyra Series allows customers to choose from three firmware options for application development. This includes Laird Connectivity’s AT Command Set, which has been developed from years of extensive Bluetooth LE experience and customer implementations. The extensible AT option provides a robust, simple, easy to use firmware for any customer regardless of their Bluetooth LE expertise or host MCU. Full software access for C code development using the Simplicity Studio IDE and Silicon Labs’ Wireless Xpress framework is also available. Additionally, Laird Connectivity is directly providing technical and application support for all firmware options on the Lyra Series.

Typical applications include industrial, commercial and medical applications. Since announcing the availability of the module, applications have included EV charging stations, payment terminals and beekeeping.

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