RFaxis and Renesas will deliver a combined solution incorporating Renesas’ RL78/G1D Bluetooth Smart microcontroller (MCU) with the RFaxis RFX2411N 2.4GHz RF front-end IC (RFeIC)
RFaxis and Renesas will deliver a combined solution incorporating Renesas’ RL78/G1D Bluetooth Smart microcontroller (MCU) with the RFaxis RFX2411N 2.4GHz RF front-end IC (RFeIC)
RFaxis and Renesas will deliver a combined solution incorporating the RL78/G1D Bluetooth Smart microcontroller with the RFaxis RFX2411N 2.4GHz RF front-end IC

Semiconductor manufacturers RFaxis and Renesas Electronics America will collaborate in the delivery of a Bluetooth solution to support smart home, smart office and smart building initiatives.

The solution will combine Renesas’ RL78/G1D Bluetooth Smart microcontroller (MCU) with the RFaxis RFX2411N 2.4GHz RF front-end IC (RFeIC).

Renesas Electronics America has selected the RFaxis RFX2411N RFeIC for its module reference design solution with extended range for Bluetooth Smart, also known as Bluetooth Low Energy, according to a company statement.

The solution will be used to meet the requirements of the IoT market and applications, with solutions for appliances in smart homes, smart offices, smart buildings, as well as for automation, remote sensing, industrial control, healthcare and fitness monitoring and asset tracking.

Vin D’Agostino, vice president, General Purpose Products Unit, Renesas Electronics America, said: “RFaxis provides us with an ideal solution for an extended range module combining our latest BLE v4.1 MCU with their high-performance, low-cost and small form factor RFX2411N RF front–end IC.

“We look forward to working with RFaxis on a host of other IoT applications, such as mesh networking technologies as we offer our Bluetooth Smart solution to developers and OEMs who require high efficiency and high link budget for their Bluetooth devices and networks.”

Bluetooth connectivity

At the beginning of November, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the body that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards and the licensing of its technologies, announced the availability of its Bluetooth Developer Studio kit for IoT developers.

ComputerWeekly stated that devices are being connected to IoT networks at a rapid pace, and notes that the rise of smart home and wearable technologies means that IoT is demanding increasing connectivity – oftentimes connected via Bluetooth.

The Bluetooth SIG created the developer studio as a no-cost software-based development kit, aimed at helping developers learn Bluetooth technology quickly and bring IoT products to market faster.

Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programmes, at Bluetooth SIG, said: "The Bluetooth Developer Studio arms developers with an all-in-one, cost-efficient tool to turn their ideas into reality. With it they can create products and applications that make our lives easier, better, smarter.

“With Bluetooth Developer Studio, not only will we see more smart gadgets enter the market, we will see quality products that 'just work' delivering the IoT experience consumers actually want."