Human interface technologies

23 February 2010

Silicon Labs will demonstrate embedded technologies
Silicon Labs will demonstrate embedded technologies

Advances in home automation, smart metering and home security depend on embedded silicon innovation.

So, in order to help drive the next breakthroughs in smart home and smart grid design, Silicon Laboratories will be showcasing its latest embedded mixed-signal technologies at Embedded World in Nuremberg.

Silicon Labs will demonstrate embedded technologies and solutions through live product and hands-on demonstrations for a wide range of monitoring and control systems that require touch-sense and touchless human interfaces (HI), embedded wireless connectivity, and ultra-low-power efficiency with a focus on extending battery life and improving performance.

"As market demand for products that make our homes smarter, more energy efficient and secure, continues to surge, Silicon Labs is leveraging its wealth of patented mixed-signal technologies to help embedded developers innovate in these critical application areas," said Mark Thompson, Vice President of Embedded Mixed-Signal products at Silicon Laboratories. "We offer an array of silicon and software solutions to help enable the next wave of smart home and smart metering innovations, and Embedded World is an ideal venue to showcase our technologies."

The company is inviting visitors to test their skills in conserving precious fuel with a demo based on Silicon Labs' QuickSense(TM) Si1120 infrared sensors and C8051F800 touch-sense microcontrollers (MCUs). This hands-on demo uses two IrSliderEK touchless slider boards as the controls to the classic 1979 Atari Lunar Lander video arcade game.

Furthermore, attendees can experience the potential of Silicon Labs' QuickSense human interface solutions. The hardware development tools and reference designs support home automation, metering, security and consumer electronics application based on the industry's lowest power and most responsive proximity sensing and capacitive touch-sense solutions.

Or, get up to speed with Wireless M-Bus (EN 13757-4), a new European standard for remote reading of water, gas and heat meters. Silicon Labs is showcasing a fully compliant wireless M-Bus stack with network traffic monitor that demonstrates low-power operation, maximum range and optimal frequency tolerance.

Alternatively, learn how to reduce your embedded system power requirements by using Silicon Labs' ultra-low-power C8051F91x/0x microcontrollers, the industry's lowest power MCUs with sleep mode current as low as 10 nanoamps.

Or, develop an ultra-low-power transceiver application in hours instead of days with Silicon Labs' RF-to-USB reference design. This sophisticated embedded wireless demo highlights a multi-node RF network using a single AAA alkaline battery, MCU-based transmitters and RF-to-USB receivers; ideal for a wide range of power-sensitive wireless applications for home automation, security and personal medical devices.

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