Flashback Friday: Simple is Smart

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:13

It’s Flashback Friday, and today we’re swinging back to a guest blog post from Laird’s Dave Burleton, which was featured on Texas Instruments’ ConnecTIng Wirelessly blog last year.

Driven by wireless technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become one of the fastest growing and exciting technology sectors today. Product developers are more innovative than ever, pushing the limits of wireless technologies to not only create entire new waves of IoT devices, but also wirelessly equip existing products and bringing them to market quickly. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or Bluetooth Smart is one of today’s leading wireless technologies with it’s low-power consumption, ubiquity in mobile devices, ultra-small footprint, and low development costs. In the guest blog post, “Simple is Smart: How Serial-to-BLE™ enhances the value of LSR’s Bluetooth low energy CC2640-based certified module” Dave touches on the importance of simplifying product designs and how the SaBLE-x module easily and quickly turns existing products into “smart” products.

He writes, “Between minimizing design risk, accelerating the project timeline, and minimizing the Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) investment to complete the project, a certified modular option like LSR’s SaBLE-x™ module is a smart option to SIMPLIFY wireless development. Let’s face it, simple is smart, and we all could use a little bit more ‘simple’ in our design projects, no matter what your prior experience level is with Bluetooth low energy.”

“Taking the goal of simplification a step further, LSR set out to enhance its SaBLE-x module with a powerful, intuitive API to empower TI customers looking to turn existing products into “smart” products. Since those products likely already have an MCU on board, such as a TI ultra-low-power MSP430™ MCU, the engineering team’s likeliest path of least resistance is to keep the existing MCU and “bolt on” the wireless capabilities using UART or a similar approach. While easier and faster than a full redesign, it certainly isn’t a trivial matter, though. But with the new Serial-to-BLE™ API for the SaBLE-x module, simplicity can become a reality.”

Read the full blog post to learn more about simplifying product designs with SaBLE-x and Serial-to-BLE.

You can also check out LSR’s webinar “Designing for Success: Simplifying Bluetooth Smart Development with Serial-to-BLE”. In this webinar gives the audience a good understanding of how the Serial-to-BLE API and associated development tools can be utilized to accelerate and simplify BLE development with the Serial-to-BLE API and other dev tools found in the LSR Developer Tool Suite.