ON Semiconductor Introduces Multi-Sensor Platform for IoT Sensor Development

Due to its energy efficiency, RSL10 multi-sensor platform can be used for applications including smart home and building automation

ON Semiconductor, a leading semiconductor company, announced the introduction of a new multi-sensor platform that is solely powered with a solar cell. The RSL10 multi-sensor platform complete solution that supports the development of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors by using continuous solar energy harvesting to collect and communicate data via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), without the requirement for batteries or any other form of non-renewable energy.

The latest solution is a powerful combination of ultra-low-power wireless communications, low duty cycle sensing applications and small form-factor solar cell that makes it possible to create and deploy completely maintenance-free IoT sensor nodes.

The new platform is enabled by RSL10 SIP, which is a complete System-in-Package (SiP) solution that features the RSL10 radio, integrated antenna and all passive components.

Due to its energy efficiency, the platform can be used for applications including smart home and building automation like HVAC control, air quality monitoring and window/door sensors. In addition, it can also be suitable for asset tracking such as package open/close detection, temperature and humidity data logging and shock monitoring.

Maintenance-free approach

Commenting on the development, Wiren Perera, Head – IoT, ON Semiconductor, said, “To support the growth of IoT, manufacturers are actively investigating alternative sources of energy to power their designs, helping to reduce environmental impact and lower manufacturing and maintenance costs.”

“With this solution, established on the RSL10 Bluetooth Low Energy radio, we are proving that a battery-free and maintenance-free approach to smart sensor development is not only possible but can help manufacturers improve their designs,” Parera added.

The latest offering is integrated with the RSL10 SIP with a solar cell and a variety of low power sensors from Bosch Sensortec, such as the BMA400 ultra-low-power 3-axis accelerometer and BME280 all-in-one environmental sensor. Collectively, these will enable manufacturers and developers to develop complete IoT nodes that are fully powered with renewable energy or energy harvested from the surroundings of sensor.

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