Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth(R) Smart technology, announced the world’s lowest power and smallest 12 Degrees-of-Freedom (DoF) wireless smart sensor development kit for IoT applications. Dialog’s DA14583 SmartBond(TM) Bluetooth Smart SoC is combined with Bosch Sensortec’s gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, and environmental sensors on a tiny 16mm x 15mm printed circuit board. The board is supplied as a dongle in a plastic housing. Typical current consumption is only 1.3mA when streaming sensor data, less than 110µA in advertising mode and under 11µA in power-save mode.

The new development platform accelerates time-to-market for environmental and motion sensing modules used in wearables, virtual reality, 3D indoor mapping, navigation, remote controls and many other IoT sensor-based applications. It can stream raw sensor data as well as output the absolute real world orientation of a device in quaternion form.

The complementary software development kit (SDK) includes SmartFusion(TM), Dialog’s smart sensor library for data acquisition, auto-calibration, and sensor data fusion and runs on the DA14583’s embedded Cortex M0(R) processor. SmartFusion(TM) has no dependencies on external runtime libraries and has been optimized for resource constrained systems. It includes options for both static and auto-calibration and on the fly selection of sensor input for data. SmartFusion(TM) offers the flexibility to support various sensor types and sample rate configurations. The development kit also includes iOS and Android applications for data visualization on tablets or smartphones.

Sensors with 12 DOF provide the best possible tracking of human activity by combining position and motion sensing information with magnetic field and ambient environment data. Dialog’s sensor development kit can also be used for 9 DOF application developments.

The DA14583 has an ARM(R) Cortex(R)-M0 baseband processor integrated with an ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart radio. It can be used as a standalone application processor or as a data pump in hosted systems and has a flexible memory architecture, including 1 Mbit of Flash memory, for storing Bluetooth profiles and custom application code.

The Bosch sensors featured in the development kit are the BMI160 6-axis inertial measurement unit, the BMM150 3-axis geomagnetic field sensor, and the BME280 integrated environmental unit, which measures pressure, temperature and humidity.

“The explosive growth in demand for battery-powered IoT devices has put ultra-low power consumption at the top of every design engineer’s wish list,” said Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. “The next priority is small size, particularly for wearables. Dialog’s highly integrated wireless smart sensor development platform is demonstrably the industry’s leading solution to address these design challenges and confirms the company’s market leadership in connected smart sensor solutions. Coupled with its unique sensor fusion software, the module makes it easier than ever to design differentiated products that deliver competitive advantage in the highly competitive consumer electronics markets.”

More information can be found at www.dialog-semiconductor.com/iotsensor.