Beijing, China – February 24, 2020 – Silicon Labs (also known as Silicon Labs, NASDAQ: SLAB) announces a new line of secure, proprietary wireless system-on-chip (SoC) products. These SoCs are specifically designed for battery- or energy-harvesting-powered IoT products that are power- and size-constrained. Target applications include Electronic shelf labels (ESL), building security, industrial automation sensors, and custom modules for commercial lighting. Based on Silicon Labs’ Wireless Gecko Series 2 platform, the new EFR32FG22 (FG22) SoCs offer the best combination of security features, 2.4 GHz wireless performance, power efficiency, software tools and protocol stacks to support next-generation ESL and price tag automation products.
According to data from Mordor Intelligence, the global ESL market was valued at over $581 million in 2019 and is expected to reach $1.82 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 21% during 2020-2025. ESL technology enables cloud-based applications that enhance retail automation, shopper engagement and data analytics. Most ESL system designs are based on proprietary wireless protocols, and Silicon Labs’ new FG22 SoC provides a leading connectivity solution for this rapidly growing market.
Ross Sabolcik, vice president and general manager of IoT commercial and industrial products at Silicon Labs, said: “IoT developers deploy custom wireless protocols across multiple applications to radically optimize their systems for high performance and low power consumption. We design The launch of the FG22 product family helps customers quickly deliver optimized, cost-effective solutions for demanding applications such as ESL based on our latest Series 2 wireless SoCs.”
FG22 integrates 38.4 MHz Arm with TrustZone® Cortex®-M33 core and high performance radio with -106.4 dBm receive sensitivity. With ultra-low transmit and receive power (8.2 mA TX, 3.6 mA RX at +6 dBm) and 1.2 mA µA deep sleep mode power consumption provides excellent energy efficiency. Additional low-power on-chip features such as RFSense, which enables RF energy to wake the FG22, further extend the lifespan of IoT products with limited battery or energy harvesting options.
Silicon Labs offers an industry-leading combination of security features in all Series 2 products, including the new FG22 SoC.
Price and Availability
The EFR32FG22 SoC is scheduled to be available in March 2020 in 5 mm x 5 mm QFN40 and 4 mm x 4 mm QFN32 packages. The EFR32FG22 SoC starter kit is also scheduled to be available in March, with retail prices starting at $99. Developers can download Simplicity Studio, an integrated development environment including development tools and reference software, for free. For pricing on FG22 SoC products, please contact your local Silicon Labs sales representative or authorized distributor.
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