ICs | Connectivity | Electronics | Smart Lighting + IoT | Components | Mar 06, 2017

Swatch Group - World's Smallest Bluetooth Chip with Useful Features for Lighting

Three world records in the "Swiss Silicon Valley". Swatch Group is proud to introduce a new Bluetooth chip with exceptional features unrivaled by any existing product. The new integrated circuit is designed 100% by EM Microelectronic, Swatch Group R&D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM).

The IC has already set the following records:
•    It is — first and foremost — the smallest Bluetooth chip on the market. The ultra-miniaturization of electronic components is crucial for the densification of functions in portable electronic devices and for the Internet of Things
•    It has the lowest energy consumption — compared to its competitors — for different scenarios of use, thus increasing the autonomy of connected objects, an essential factor in this field
•    Its high-speed start-up capability is unparalleled, which makes it possible to improve the reactivity and the lifetime of, for example, electronic beacons

And here's the icing on the cake:

This technological marvel has already been officially qualified to meet the latest Bluetooth standard, version 5.0. Its prowess is masterful because the chip consists of more than 5 million transistors on a surface of about 5 mm2. Designed for maximum flexibility, it can work alone or in conjunction with various sensors; system integrators can take advantage of a microcontroller with very low power consumption or can use the chip to add a Bluetooth communication function to any portable electronic device.

Swatch Group and the CSEM, both based in the "Swiss Silicon Valley", collaborate in a wide range of fields. As announced in February, the two long-standing partners are working to develop a unique Swiss Made ecosystem. It will be specially designed to meet the needs of small connected objects (the Internet of Things) and above all and, of course, watches. This platform will be built around a completely new, bespoke operating system.

More information on the EM9304 circuit can be found at www.emmicroelectronic.com/products/wireless-rf/standard-protocols/em9304

About EM Microelectronic:

EM Microelectronic, a Swiss semiconductor manufacturer, designs and produces ultra-low-power, low-voltage, digital, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for battery-operated and field-powered devices in wearable, consumer, automotive and industrial applications. The company is specialized in customer specific integrated circuit and display solutions; its product portfolio includes Bluetooth Smart controller ICs and beacons, sensor fusion co-processors, display drivers and capacitive touch controllers, NFC & RFID tag and reader ICs, 2.4GHz CoolRF digital wireless transceivers, long range 2.4GHz transceivers, embedded flash microcontrollers, power management ICs, smartcard ICs, timing circuits, sensor interface and optoelectronic ICs, as well as plastic LCDs and display modules.
EM Microelectronic is one of the electronic systems companies within the Swatch Group, producing and assembling ultra-low power, miniaturized and accurate microelectronic components and systems.

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