Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Dec 20, 2019)

Nordic Semiconductor samples nRF21540 RF Front End Module – a ‘plug and play’ range extender for its short-range wireless portfolio
The nRF21540 RF Front End Module is a range extender optimized to boost the link budget of Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 Series advanced multiprotocol wireless SoCs. When combined with an nRF52 Series SoC, the nRF21540 RF FEM’s +21 dBm TX output power and 13 dB RX gain ensure a superior link budget for up to 16x range extension

Dev Kit Weekly: Silicon Labs Bluetooth (5) Xpress BGX13P Starter Kit
The Bluetooth Xpress BGX13P Evaluation Kit from Silicon Labs is – you guessed it – based on the BGX13P Bluetooth module. That module includes a Bluetooth 5 radio with programmable output power, all of the PHYs required by the Bluetooth 5 spec, and integrated low-frequency oscillator for transitioning into sleep states. This technology suite enables a range of up to 200 m line-of-sight. But the highlight of this kit really isn’t the hardware. It’s the software that counts.

Top 10 IoT Protocols To Know According To Industry Experts (2020)
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been taking over the modern day technology and has been used in different industries. We are now able to collect, process and send data to other objects, applications or servers.  IoT protocols enable these objects to communicate and exchange data securely. IoT protocols can be classified into two categories: network and data protocols. Network protocols are used to connect different devices used over a network and are typically used over the Internet. Data protocols, on the other hand, are used to connect low power IoT and are connected without the use of the Internet.

Emerson Introduces First Greenlee® Insulated Battery-Powered Hydraulic Cutting and Crimper Line for Electrical and Utility Workers​
Emerson today announced the release of the new Greenlee Gator® Insulated Series of cutters and crimpers which can help protect a professional from up to 1000 volts, helping to save the lives of professional utility and electrical tradesmen while on the job. Its crimpers are UL and cUL classified with seven major brands of lugs and splices. The innovative battery powered Gator Insulated Series of cutting and crimping tools can help reduce the operator’s field of movement and exertion, which can improve precision and safety in these hazardous and confined work conditions.

New Tech to Warn Drivers and Cars of Cyclists Ahead
I still remember the day in 2009 when an SUV struck three bicyclists near my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing two of them. The tragic event shook the city and especially the biking community. Most people I have talked to can share similar stories of people they know (or knew) who were struck by motor vehicles, either as cyclists or pedestrians.

Cambridge Consultants partners with Waymap to develop a precision navigation service, promising independence and freedom to travel
Breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants has partnered with Waymap to create a unique smartphone service that helps visually impaired people to navigate through complex indoor spaces, such as public transport hubs. The service provides audio instructions to help the user to reach their destination with accuracy to within a single footstep. Crucially, there is no dependency on unreliable GPS signals or requirement to install specialist navigation equipment. The ultimate mission is to provide independence, confidence and freedom of travel to millions of blind and visually impaired people.

ViewTag Chooses Powercast Wireless Power Technology for Electronic Bag Tag
Powercast Corporation, the leader in radio-frequency (RF)-based long-range wireless power technology, announced that ViewTag, the pioneer of the electronic bag tag, has selected its Powerharvester® Chipset for battery management so that the ViewTag Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) can be reused over 3000 times.

Remote tyre pressure monitoring system to improve CAV safety
In a crucial step towards ensuring the safety of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) at SAE Level 4 and above, SRI has successfully established links between its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and an Autonomous Driving Control Centre. The new technology has the potential to support predictive maintenance to prevent flat tyres or other tyre condition concerns that may pose a risk to the safe operation of CAVs. It has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Adoption of NextGen Transportation Systems (CRANTS), which is based at Gunma University in Japan. Having worked together on joint research since May this year, links have now been established for communicating tyre data between a CAV and the Driving Control Centre at GRANTS.

Comparing Wired and Wireless Lighting Control
The commercial building lighting controls market is experiencing a period of rapid transformation. With commercial lighting technology making the shift from traditional fluorescent to LED lighting fixtures, legacy analog lighting controls are being replaced by more scalable and reliable digital controls that can operate over a wired or wireless infrastructure, including high-voltage, low-voltage, wireless and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). These modern lighting controls go beyond just turning on and off lights at specified times of the day. With advanced sensors, building operators can obtain information about the building environment, such as temperature, occupancy and sunlight levels, allowing it to adapt to a specified preference. This information can be utilized by software analytics platforms to optimize a building’s operational efficiency and physical security.

Connecting the Smart Home For the Holidays
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart home devices have been a standout Christmas gift since the first Echo came to market in 2014. This year, reduced pricing and starter smart home bundles will again draw millions of dollars in consumer spending. But these devices also help determine the kind of smart homes that will be built around them. Global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research finds that holiday spending will help convert over 128 million additional homes into smart homes by the end of 2020 and the impact of those devices will go even further. The connectivity embedded in voice control front end devices will, for millions of homes, determine the connectivity they will look for in devices such as door locks, lights, sensors, key fobs, wireless security cameras, and more as they build out integrated smart home systems.

BMD-380 introduced for cost- and space-sensitive Bluetooth applications
Measuring 7.5×9.5mm including the ceramic antenna, its long range protocol is suitable for implementing communication in harsh radio environments. It also supports IEEE802.15.4 (Thread and Zigbee) and is designed for applications in industrial automation, healthcare, smart cities, smart buildings and homes, and high-end wearables.

ON Semiconductor to Demonstrate Intelligent IoT Technologies Including Advanced Audio Processing at CES 2020
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will showcase a wide range of innovative technologies for smart homes, connected buildings and personal IoT at CES 2020. The rise of voice control and Voice User Interfaces (VUI) has made audio processing critical to the success of a wide range of building automation and household applications. ON Semiconductor will feature two demonstrations using its LC823455, which provides key features for portable sound solutions and support for VUI. A Strata-enabled stereo speaker capable of streaming music over Bluetooth® will show various advanced audio functionalities including touch sensor-based volume control and voice commands. The LC823455 will also be featured in a cloud-based VUI demonstration for communication with IoT edge-nodes applications.

Energous Introduces WattUp Smart Glasses Developer Kit
Energous Corporation, the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wireless charging 2.0 technology, today announced the availability of its wireless charging smart glasses developer kit. Designed to ease manufacturers’ integration of WattUp into smart glasses, the new offering includes a variety of materials to kick-start development such as transmitter and receiver reference designs, data sheets, a mobile app, software SDK and more.

Galaxy Note 10 Lite will reportedly have Bluetooth 5.1
When the Galaxy Note 10 first came out, people were excited since Samsung promised that this is a new evolution for its S Pen. However, there were also some limitations to the improved stylus since the device only had the previous iteration of Bluetooth. The reported lite version of the phablet, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, will reportedly have something that even the original Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t have: Bluetooth 5.1. This means the S Pen will see more improvements and maybe even more features.

Secure Printing In The IoT Era
Networked multifunction printers (MFPs) offer unparalleled productivity and convenience, allowing users to print and fax from a desk across the hall or a workstation across the country. Sophisticated managed print service (MPS) software also enables better tracking and cost control. But convenience and functionality can come with a hidden price. Today’s networked printers are part of an expanding business ecosystem of “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. As an IoT endpoint, MFPs have security vulnerabilities that can create costly headaches for businesses.

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