Silicon Labs accelerates low-power cellular IoT applications with LTE-M solution

Silicon Labs has unveiled a new LTE-M expansion kit that delivers ultra-low-power, long-range wireless connectivity to battery-powered IoT devices and features Digi International’s Digi XBee3 pre-certified cellular modem.

The LTE-M expansion kit works with Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Giant Gecko 11 starter kit and simplifies and accelerates the development of gateways and end devices that operate in deep-sleep mode and require extended battery life. The solution is ideal for agricultural, asset tracking, smart energy and smart city IoT applications.

Developers can take advantage of the LTE-M expansion kit’s advanced development tools including the Digi Remote Manager, Silicon Labs’ Energy Profiler and pre-programmed demos to rapidly deliver optimized LTE-M products. Digi XBee3 modems certified on AT&T and Verizon cellular networks, combined with energy-friendly EFM32 microcontrollers (MCUs), provide developers with a mobile IoT development toolkit to deliver advanced, low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) connectivity.

The kit offers:

• FCC certified and carrier end-device certified Digi XBee3 LTE-M modem
• Ready-to-use kit development tools and demos with Giant Gecko 11 MCU starter kit
• Common Digi XBee family for easy migration to NB-IoT
• Digi XBee API frames, MicroPython and XCTU software tools to simplify development
• Digi TrustFence integrated device security, identity and data privacy
• Digi Remote Manager for over-the-air device configuration and firmware updates
• MCU host examples easily migrated from Giant Gecko 11 to other Silicon Labs low-power EFM32 MCUs and EFR32 Wireless Gecko SoCs and modules.

Author
Neil Tyler