Dual-band evaluation board for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

6th June 2023
Mick Elliott

In stock at distributor Digi-Key is Silicon Labs’ RS9116 wireless dual-band evaluation board.

It supports the RS9116 dual-band LGA (CC1) module that provides a comprehensive multi-protocol wireless connectivity solution including 802.11a/ b/g/n (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz), dual-mode Bluetooth 5.

The RS9116 development kit enables the evaluation of embedded RS9116 wireless modules in transceiver or NCP mode. The kit brings out multiple host interfaces (SDIO, USB, SPI, UART) for evaluation and easy integration with different processor families.

Target devices are RS9116N-SB00-CC1-B00 and RS9116W-SB00-CC1-B2A. The RS9116X-DB-EVK1 includes SDIO adapter cable, SPI cable, two Micro A/B-type USB cables, an RS9116 EXP adapter board, and a wireless daughter card.

The kit includes various adapter cables for SDIO, USB, and EXP header (for EFM32 and EFR32 WSTKs), and it enables evaluation of hosted or embedded mode on a single EVB.

Jumpers are included for easy power measurements of the different low-power modes using digital multimeters. Hosted (n-link) drivers package includes support for Linux OS and provides examples via either Linux PC or Raspberry Pi host processor.

Embedded mode (WiseConnect) SDK includes sample examples for different MCU's such as EFM32 and EFR32 MCUs, STM MCU as well as scripts for running AT commands over UART and PC

Applications cover:

  • Wearables: smartwatches, wristbands, fitness monitors, and smart glasses
  • Smart homes: smart locks, motion and entrance sensors, water leak sensors, smart plugs/switches, LED lights, door-bell cameras, washers/dryers, refrigerators, thermostats, consumer security cameras, and voice assistants
  • Other consumer applications: toys, anti-theft tags, smart dispensers, weighing scales, blood pressure monitors, blood sugar monitors, and portable cameras
  • Other applications (medical, industrial, retail, agricultural, smart city, etc.): healthcare tags, medical patches/pills, infusion pumps, sensors/actuators in manufacturing, electronic shelf labels, agricultural sensors, product tracking tags, smart meters, parking sensors, street LED lighting, automotive aftermarket, and security cameras

The evaluation board is available from Digi-Key in the Americas, EMEA and Asia/Pacific regions.


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