Silicon Labs’ Wireless Xpress development solution provides everything a developer needs to prototype Bluetooth and Wi-Fi IoT products

By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief

Silicon
Labs
unveiled a new Wireless Xpress solution
that claims that developers can get prototype IoT applications running in one
day without software development. Designed to make Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi
connectivity easy, the configuration-based development solution includes
everything that developers need — Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (LE) and Wi-Fi
modules, integrated protocol stacks, and easy-to-use tools — to move from
product concept to prototyping.
 

“By using
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless Xpress, developers can move from product concept
to prototyping in a matter of hours instead of weeks,” said Matt Johnson,
senior vice president and general manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs, in a
statement. “Wireless Xpress greatly reduces the design learning curve without
compromising sophisticated Bluetooth or Wi-Fi functionality. Developers will
spend less time learning how to add wireless connectivity to their IoT devices
and more time designing innovative, distinctive products and getting them to
market ahead of the competition.”

Key features of
Bluetooth LE Xpress:

  • Bluetooth 5 BGX13 module requires no
    firmware development
  • Zero-overhead serial-to-Bluetooth cable
    replacement solution
  • Smartphone app for Bluetooth LE
    command, control, and sensing
  • Secure connections with encrypted
    communication, bonding, and passkey pairing
  • Applications include smart home
    products requiring Bluetooth control with a mobile app and adding a
    point-to-point wireless interface to industrial applications

 

Key features of
Wi-Fi Xpress:

  • Streamlines cloud connectivity with
    low-power Wi-Fi modules and software
  • Supports cloud vendors including
    Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure
  • Integrated web app enabling
    browser-based user interfaces
  • Applications include home appliances,
    wireless sensing, thermostats, IP cameras, and health monitoring requiring
    direct internet access and remote provisioning and updates

The Xpress
devices only use “modest resources” from the host processor, which allows
developers to add wireless connectivity to any microcontroller. The products
based on the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Xpress modules can be remotely managed and
updated over the air using native device management. End users can install and
update firmware, view real-time device health metrics, and adjust product
settings through the mobile apps thanks to the Silicon Labs Zentri device
management service (DMS).
 

Wireless Xpress also
includes a mobile app SDK for Android and iOS, providing examples and
libraries. The framework also provides simple communications and OTA APIs to
accelerate app development and to make wireless design easier for mobile
platforms, said the company.

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Available now, the Bluetooth LE BGX13P and BGX13S modules offer a choice
of pre-certified PCB and SiP modules, respectively, with integrated antenna
options. The Wi-Fi AMW007 and AMW037 PCB modules are also available now. Silicon
Labs said that it plans to offer additional Gecko OS-based products and
solutions in the future.

Module
pricing starts at $4.09 in 10,000-unit quantities. Wireless Xpress evaluation
kits are priced at $40 (MSRP).