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Full range of power, size and security solutions for Bluetooth low energy

Published: 17 September 2020 - Rachael Morling

Silicon Labs is expanding its portfolio of RF performance Bluetooth Low Energy solutions for IoT developers. The company is uniquely positioned to deliver performance, flexibility and package choice for Bluetooth 5.2, including system-on-chip (SoC), system-in-package (SiP), modules and Network Co-Processor (NCP). Silicon Labs IoT solutions feature best-in-class performance and cutting-edge security, and are optimized for power efficiency, cost, size and turnkey simplicity. 

Silicon Labs expanded its Bluetooth Low Energy portfolio today with the launch of the BGM220S. At just 6x6 mm, the BGM220S is one of the world’s smallest Bluetooth SiPs. It provides an ultra-compact, low-cost, long battery life SiP module that adds turnkey Bluetooth connectivity to extremely small products. Also launching is the BGM220P, a slightly larger PCB variant optimized for wireless performance along with a better link budget for greater range. BGM220S and BGM220P are among the first Bluetooth modules to support Bluetooth Direction Finding, all while delivering up to ten-year battery life from a single coin cell. 
“Our Bluetooth Low Energy product portfolio showcases Silicon Labs’ unique ability to deliver a complete range of wireless solutions with best-in-class performance, power, size and security features,” said Matt Johnson, senior vice president of IoT at Silicon Labs. “Over the years, Silicon Labs has established a proven track record of success across a wide range of IoT wireless areas including Mesh, Multiprotocol, Proprietary, Thread, Zigbee and Z-Wave, to name a few. We are now focusing our wireless expertise to also establish leadership in the Bluetooth Low Energy space and we have seen excellent market reception for our Secure Bluetooth 5.2 SoCs. The BG22, launched in January, is experiencing among the highest levels of product adoption and opportunity pipeline growth we have ever seen, with a wide range of applications in consumer, medical and smart home products.”
According to Bluetooth SIG’s 2020 Bluetooth Market Update, Bluetooth Low Energy continues to be the fastest growing Bluetooth radio with a 26% CAGR. 
High Performance with Cutting-Edge Security
Silicon Labs offers the industry’s highest-performance, most secure Bluetooth Low Energy SoCs and modules. SoCs are ideal for IoT device makers needing ultimate flexibility in their IoT device development, with highly customizable software and RF design options. SiP modules are ideal for device makers needing the smallest form factor pre-certified Bluetooth Low Energy with little to no RF design or engineering required, while PCB modules offer many of the benefits of SiP modules, but at a lower cost.
Silicon Labs’ silicon and module solutions also support multiprotocol connectivity for the most demanding applications including gateways, hubs and smart lighting. Silicon Labs has been a leader in wireless mesh networking for decades, and the company is infusing its high-performance Bluetooth Low Energy line with a new suite of state-of-the-art security features dubbed Secure Vault. Secure Vault is the most advanced suite of hardware and software security protections available today for IoT devices and makes it easier for device manufacturers to protect their brand, product designs and consumer data. 

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