In the last installment of our Ask the Experts series, we talked with Mark de Clercq, the director of Dialog’s Low Power Connectivity (LPC) team, about the state of wireless connectivity and the IoT. Since then, Mark and product marketing manager Alex Kengen have hit the road for Bluetooth World 2018, where they showcased some of the latest innovations that Dialog is bringing to market.
Check out Mark and Alex’s take on the demos Dialog brought to Bluetooth World this year and what new features they bring to the table for customers.
SmartBond™ DA14682 and 683
Mark: The LPC and Wireless Audio & Voice business units went to Bluetooth World to showcase a few of our latest innovations, and two of the main demos we wanted to show off were a couple of new products we announced just this year: the SmartBond DA14682 and DA14683.
These chips focus on applications that need more processing power and memory storage. In fact, they come with very flexible capacities for memory: the DA14683 supports unlimited external Flash, while the DA14682 comes packed with 8 Mbits of onboard Flash memory.
Both chips also come with a greater focus on security than ever before. Our teams put a lot of effort into integrating higher levels of security into these devices, ensuring they’re protecting the safety of data stored on chip and the overall integrity of the software. As a result, the DA14682 and 683 are the world’s first-ever single-chip solutions for industrial applications, smart home applications and wearables that meet the highest possible security standards.
With compatibility for both Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh, the latest SmartBond SoC chips provide customers and engineers a new level of cutting-edge design flexibility to develop with.
SmartBond™ Bluetooth® mesh SDK
Alex: The SmartBond Bluetooth mesh software development kit (SDK) supports our new DA1468x line of products, which are fully certified with Bluetooth mesh implementation. Mesh offers users a many-to-many communication topology, that opens up more possibilities for connectivity – and with that, a range of new applications, spanning the likes of smart homes, smart lighting, smart factories, automation and GPS beacons and tracking.
To show off these capabilities, we brought a few lighting demos to Bluetooth World, showing how engineers and users can – for example – switch on and off all connected chip boards at the same time with a single switch or even just an infrared sensor that reacts to the temperature of the user’s hand. A pretty simple demo, but one that hopefully gets the imaginations running about what more can be done with this SDK! Of course, iOS and Android applications are also available for customers to configure these Bluetooth nodes from their phones or tables, too.
SmartBond DA14681 HomeKit™ Development Kit
Alex: Last but not least, we also brought our SmartBond DA14681 HomeKit Development Kit to show off at Bluetooth World.
Based on the DA14681 SoC, the HomeKit SDK is actually certified by Apple to support BLE applications within their smart home platform. Customers can use the kit to develop a wide variety of their own smart home applications – from smoke detectors to smart lighting to security systems like door sensors.
Best of all, it’s Siri compatible. You can ask Siri to dim the lights or change the temperature, providing an even more intuitive IoT experience at home. Of course, it’s cooler to see this in action, so check out my demo from Bluetooth World to see it for yourself:
Stay tuned for the next entry in our Ask the Experts series. In the meantime, check out the full family of Dialog SmartBond Bluetooth low energy devices.