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Dialog Semiconductor’s First Combo Wi-Fi and BLE Module Points the Way for a New Wave of IoT Connectivity
Two-in-one module leverages the new DA16200 VirtualZero™ Wi-Fi technology with SmartBond™ TINY DA14531 Bluetooth for best-in-class battery life with ease of configurability

Dialog Semiconductor plc, a leading provider of battery management, AC/DC power conversion, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® low energy and Industrial ICs, today announced the DA16600, a module that uniquely combines Dialog’s market-leading Wi-Fi and BLE capabilities into a single solution. This two-in-one module is comprised of two groundbreaking SoCs, the newly announced DA16200 and the SmartBond™ TINY DA14531, to provide best-in-class, low-power Wi-Fi and BLE for customers and further broaden Dialog’s IoT connectivity portfolio.

wi fi meets ble

The DA16200 SoC was purpose built for battery-powered IoT applications, including connected door locks, thermostats, security cameras and other devices that require an “always on” Wi-Fi connection, but may be only used sporadically. Its VirtualZero™ technology enables the industry’s lowest level of power consumption for Wi-Fi connectivity, so that even continuously connected devices can achieve up to five years of battery life in many use cases. To give designers maximum flexibility at the lowest cost, the DA16600 module also leverages the capabilities of the SmartBond TINY DA14531, acknowledged as the world’s smallest and lowest power Bluetooth SoC.

This combo Wi-Fi and BLE module offers a reliable firmware solution with the combination of the two complex protocol stacks, eliminating issues often caused by the co-existence of two radios at 2.4 GHz in the same design. BLE provides ease of configurability for Wi-Fi in the application, greatly simplifying the task of Wi-Fi set up for the end user. Given its optimized design, all that is required to incorporate the module into an embedded IoT product is a simple set of guidelines provided by Dialog. Finally, the customer has the additional advantage of no longer having to source two independent SoCs for their application.

“We recognized that many of our customers could benefit from a more integrated two-in-one solution that could further reduce development time and costs for their IoT devices,” said Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President, Connectivity and Audio Business Group, Dialog Semiconductor. “By combining our successful BLE solution with our brand new Wi-Fi VirtualZero technology into one easy-to-use and configured module, we are delivering the most value to our customers, giving them the best of both worlds with a single solution.”

The module is fully certified for worldwide operation, including certifications for FCC, IC, CE, Telec, Korea and SRRC. It is also Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® for interoperability.

Evaluation boards and a complete software development kit (SDK) are available for the DA16600 module via DigiKey. The SDK includes sample applications, provisioning apps, AT command library, power management tools and more.

Last modified on 09 October 2020
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