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Smart Home chip includes dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and 802.15.4

Date:23-May-2019

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Redpine Signals announced the launch of the world’s most advanced semiconductor chip for building smart home devices – the RS9116N-DBT chipset.  Already in volume production and being designed into products from leading consumer manufacturers, the RS9116N-DBT chipset addresses the most important requirements for smart home devices, including simultaneously available multi-protocol wireless connectivity, ultra low power, high data performance, high level of security, and the capability to run edge intelligence and offer whole home coverage.

Housed in a small 8.8 x 8 mm BGA package, the RS9116N-DBT integrates an ARM Cortex M4 MCU, advanced hardware security, and multiple wireless protocols at an industry-leading power consumption point. It fully contains protocol stacks for Wi-Fi, BT, BLE, ZigBee and Thread, and includes automated mesh formation and reconfiguration capability to provide robust, whole-home coverage. It includes a unique wireless wake-up receiver that remains on at a few microamps of current and being ready to wake up the rest of the device only when required, triggered by specific incoming wireless signals.

Redpine’s RS9116N-DBT consumes less than 113 uA for maintaining cloud connection over Wi-Fi, a power consumption of one-fifth to one-fifteenth that of other chipsets in the market. According to a Tolly Report earlier this year, in a battery operated smart device, the RS9116N-DBT can provide four years of battery life compared to roughly seven months when using an alternative SoC. The SoC provides simultaneous operation of multiple wireless protocols – thereby enabling router functionality in addition to that of an end node. This makes a device using this SoC capable of switching from being an end node to a router – providing maximum flexibility in a home and ensuring non-stop network coverage.

In addition, the ability to stream data at up to 100 Mbps combined with its compatibility with all generations of Wi-Fi – up to Wi-Fi 6, enables the RS9116N-DBT to enhance the overall connectivity experience in the smart home of tomorrow.

With Artificial Intelligence becoming a prominent part of most smart systems, there is a strong need to have appliances and edge devices capable of carrying out analytics and inference of situations themselves. The RS9116N-DBT provides a number of power-efficient and hardware-assisted ML functions to enable the next generation of smart applications while preserving low operational latency and low power consumption.

The RS9116N-DBT is in volume production now.