Sets new standard for EEMBC’s ULPMark for low power consumption

By Warren Miller, contributing writer

ON Semiconductor
has expanded its RSL10 line of Bluetooth-5-certified radio systems-on-chip
(SoCs) with a new, compact system-in-package (SiP) module. The latest member of
the RSL10 family includes an RSL10 radio, an antenna, and all required passive
components in a single, ready-to-use 6 × 8 × 1.46-mm SiP module for connected
IoT applications ranging from wearable technologies such as sports/fitness or
mHealth to smart home devices, including smart locks and appliances.

“Certified
with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the RSL10 SIP significantly
reduces time to market and development costs by removing the need for any additional
RF design considerations,” said ON Semiconductor.

Multi-protocol wireless functionality:

  • Rx sensitivity: –94
    dBM
  • Transmitting power: –17
    to 6 dBm
  • Supports Bluetooth
    Low Energy and 2.4-GHz proprietary/custom protocols
  • Supports Firmware
    Over The Air (FOTA)

The RSL10 family of devices is capable
of delivering up to 2-Mbits/s data rates with Bluetooth 5 while boasting the industry’s
lowest power consumption among like devices, according to the company. The
RSL10 uses 7 milliwatts (mW) while in peak receive-power mode and 62.5
nanowatts (nW) in deep-sleep mode.

The RSL10 just
set a new standard in the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium’s
(EEMBC) ULPMark scores, an industry benchmark for measuring ultra-low power
consumption. The RSL10 is the first device “to
break 1,000 ULP Marks [1,090 ULPMark CP @
3 V; 1,260 @ 2.1 V] and produce Core Profile scores more
than twice as high as the previous industry leader,” said On Semiconductor.

“With its
best-in-class power consumption, it’s not surprising that RSL10 has already
been selected for use in a number of applications including energy harvesting
and industrial IoT,” according to Michel De Mey, senior director and general
manager of Hearing, Consumer Health, and Bluetooth Connectivity solutions at ON
Semiconductor. “By adding a new system-in-package that significantly reduces
design efforts, costs, and time to market, the possibilities for RSL10 are
endless.”

Designers
can order samples of the RSL10 SiP (51-pin 6 × 8 × 1.4- mm package) or an evaluation board by contacting ON
Semiconductor sales or any of its authorized distributors.