Development kit addresses BLE IoT applications

5th March 2019
Mick Elliott

The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) IoT Development Kit (B-IDK) from ON Semiconductor is available at RS Components. Based on a low-power Bluetooth Low Energy radio System-on-Chip (SoC), the modular platform is suited to developing IoT applications with extended battery life including smart appliances, asset trackers, wearables, and smart lighting.

The ON Semiconductor RSL10 SoC is said to be the industry’s lowest-power Bluetooth 5 certified radio, optimised for Bluetooth Low Energy applications.

Featuring an Arm Cortex-M3 core, and a low power DSP and a 2.4GHz transceiver, its peak receive power is 7mW and its “deep sleep” consumption when inactive is just 62.5nW.

Designed for use with 1.2 and 1.5V batteries, the SoC accepts a voltage supply range between 1.1 and 3.3 V without requiring a DC/DC converter.

The B-IDK is a modular node-to-cloud IoT platform for development of Bluetooth Low Energy applications.

It comprises an RSL10 baseboard (BDK-GEVK) and is supported by a range of modular sensor and actuator hardware options. The intuitive and easy-to-use Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and software featuring several examples enables rapid development of many IoT use cases. The BDK-GEVK comes with a configurable mobile app that controls the sensors and actuators.

The app also supports cloud connectivity, allowing MQTT publishing of and subscribing to sensor/actuator data via AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud, or custom cloud services.

Sensor options for use with the BDK-GEVK include Ambient Light, Inertial and Environment (ALS/IMU/ENV), proximity and motion, and touch/level.

Higher-power control options come in the form of actuator daughter cards that plug into the baseboard via ON Semiconductor’s BDK-DCDC-GEVB DC power adaptor.

They include a power ballast with dual LED driver, a stepper motor controller, and a brushless DC motor controller.

The B-IDK software includes the CMSIS (Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard) vendor-independent development pack for the Arm Cortex-M processor series.

The package provides detailed documentation and ready-to-use sample code for several use cases.

The ON Semiconductor Bluetooth IoT Development Kit (B-IDK) is available now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

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