Over the last year, Dialog has taken massive strides toward expanding our robust portfolio of Bluetooth low energy solutions. We’ve covered a couple of these new, groundbreaking products on our blog before – like the DA1469x family and the SmartBond TINY DA14531, and how they set our customers up for even greater success through robust wireless connectivity, efficient power consumption and reduced costs.
But for this post, we want to concentrate more on some of the moves Dialog has made over the past 12 months to expand our reach into new markets, like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – not through new product launches but new relationships we’ve forged with customers, strategic partnerships and major acquisitions – to highlight the continued growth and momentum we’ll be building on in the months ahead.
Whether this is news to you or a helpful recap, here are some of the biggest milestones we achieved over the last year that have helped further reinforce our standing as an industry leader:
Expanding into the IIoT with the Adesto and Creative Chips acquisitions
In October 2019, we announced we had acquired Creative Chips and explained how leveraging their IO-Link product line will help expand our reach into the IIoT market and solidify Dialog as an Industry 4.0 leader. This acquisition positions Dialog as a proven supplier with significant growth potential for the IIoT market, bringing to the table a robust portfolio of core IC products, a uniquely experienced team of engineers and new top-tier customer relationships that will further accelerate Dialog’s global IC sales reach. The Creative Chips deal also led to the development of a new product, the CCE4503, which is rigorously optimized for cost, space and power efficiency and ideal for industrial network sensors and actuator devices that are moving to more space-limited, small-form factors.
This past February, Dialog also acquired Adesto to further build on our IIoT market expansion. This gave us a new lineup of smart building automation industrial solutions to add to our existing manufacturing automation offerings. The Adesto deal further scales Dialog’s IIoT capabilities up to 5,000 customers (most of whom are new to Dialog), enables full system solutions for IoT applications, complements Adesto’s industrial wired connectivity solutions with Dialog’s own wireless products, unlocks future growth potential for the automotive market, and adds new levels of engineering and design support to our services. Altogether, the Adesto acquisition cements Dialog’s position as one of the largest providers of custom analog mixed-signal semiconductors.
Building up our Wi-Fi IoT portfolio through acquiring Silicon Motion’s FCI line
In March 2019, Dialog acquired Silicon Motion’s Mobile Communications FCI product line, a robust family of complementary connectivity-based products for ultra-low-power Wi-Fi SoCs and modules, mobile TV SoCs and modules, and mobile communications transceiver ICs. These FCI products meet the demands of battery-powered IoT devices in enabling direct connectivity to internet access points and providing banking-grade security.
The FC9000 was Dialog’s first Wi-Fi SoC launched post-acquisition and was targeted at IoT applications like smart door locks, video monitoring systems, smart thermostats and wireless sensors, facilitating direct Wi-Fi network connectivity and battery life greater than a year.
Dialog recently announced the availability of the DA16200, a highly-integrated, ultra-low-power Wi-Fi networking SoC, and two modules that leverage Dialog’s VirtualZero technology to deliver a breakthrough in battery life for Wi-Fi connected, battery-powered IoT devices. The rise of IoT products, including connected door locks, thermostats and security video cameras, that require “always on” connectivity with a continuous Wi-Fi connection has challenged engineers to develop solutions that don’t compromise battery life. Unlike competing Wi-Fi SoCs, the DA16200 is specifically optimized to support such battery-powered IoT devices. The DA16200’s VirtualZero technology enables such a low level of power consumption that even continuously connected devices can typically achieve at least a year of battery life. In fact, three to five years of battery life is common. This is just the beginning of a growing portfolio of Wi-Fi networking solutions that Dialog will continue building up throughout 2020.
Leveraging a new strategic partnership with Flex Logix for enhanced product security
In December 2019, we announced that Dialog had licensed Flex Logix’s eFPGB technology for use in high-volume ICs and their EFLX Compiler to program embedded FPGAs. That means EFLX cores can now be used to upgrade security protocols – like encryption algorithms, software-defined radio and accelerated data center algorithms – and can be used by manufacturers and other end users to upgrade products or systems already installed in the field.
This added eFPGB functionality gives our customers more flexibility so they can keep pace with rapidly changing market needs,
The global business climate has changed rapidly in the last few weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to a combination of strategic partnerships, acquisitions and customer relationships, Dialog is sitting on a sturdy foundation, enabling us to continue reliably serving our customers and partners in the weeks and months ahead. And while things may be changing quickly to reflect our new, temporary normal, rest assured what hasn’t changed is our commitment to our customers and partners – and you’ll see us continue to push even further on that front in the near future.