Airthings is a Norwegian-based tech company that develops and manufactures accurate, user-friendly radon detectors, giving the most precise results to protect health and promote safety. Their newest product, Wave, is a smart radon detector that provides consumers with critical, potentially life-saving data on indoor air quality, accessible by using the latest Bluetooth technology available through Laird.
As the Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) continues to take shape, infrastructure must be in place to enable EIoT connectivity in remote locations as well as a number of unprecedented applications like industrial controls, smart meters, street lights, security sensors, and more. Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is an excellent solution that addresses many of the challenges of EIoT connectivity in these applications.
With a focus on increasing the functionality of the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bluetooth 5 core specification has established Bluetooth as the global wireless standard for simple secure connectivity, meeting the demand for increased range and speed in the IoT. Bluetooth, specifically its Low Energy functionality (BLE) is traditionally associated with inherently short-range applications such as smartphones, audio streaming, wearables, and other hands-free applications.
Today’s fast-paced, wireless ecosystem is sparking demand for more Bluetooth enabled devices, each more innovative than the last. One of the biggest benefits of developing with Bluetooth is that it’s a near-universal and versatile technology with an endless array of possible applications. At Laird we always try to think of new ways to use our Bluetooth modules. In a recent experiment, one of our engineers decided to use our BL652 Bluetooth v4.2 module to interface a smartphone to a commercially-available parking sensor.
When designing an RF system that operates at a high frequency such as the 5 GHz band, it is necessary to take parasitic effects into consideration. It is important to understand from where the parasitic effects are coming. When designing the PCB layout, you must consider landing pad size in order to reduce junction effects, as well as parasitic capacitances which could exist at your operating frequency. Here are five PCB design tips to help you work around parasitic capacitances.
On August 30th LSR, a Laird Business, hosted their latest installment in the Designing for Success webinar series titled, "The Engineer's Approach to Antenna Selection and Implementation". Design experts Jay Gillette, Senior RF and Antenna Engineer and Carl Turner, RF Engineer walked through a number of practical tips and best practices to keep in mind when selecting and implementing an antenna solution into a design.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest growing sectors of the tech industry. In a short time, expectations from emerging IoT deployments have skyrocketed, and the world is now seeing an onslaught of new products from companies looking to capitalize on the rapid IoT adoption. Bluetooth® Smart (often referred to as BLE) is right in the center of this tidal wave for many reasons, including its low power consumption, ubiquity in mobile devices, small footprint, and lower development costs. The excitement surrounding the IoT is warranted, but the concept can be daunting for those responsible for designing the products.
Much of the success or failure of a wireless product depends on the performance of the antenna. Too often, the antenna tends to be an afterthought and is added on towards the end of the design phase. While RF Design can be a challenge, following best practices and carefully considering which antenna type is best for your design can help you bring a winning product to market.