Dialog Semiconductor PLC has added Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)-compliant mesh support to its SmartBond Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip family of devices.
The mesh specification allows Bluetooth devices to be turned into powerful nodes of an interlinked network that can span greater distances. Dialog said this guarantees consumer interoperability between devices from different manufacturers for ease of control from a smartphone, tablet or voice-controlled smart speaker device.
With mesh support, Bluetooth low energy could become a solution for consumer networking applications such as smart home, smart lighting and beacons as well as potential commercial applications including industrial automation, asset tracking, energy management and smart cities.
Dialog said it is offering up a qualified and tested mesh evaluation system, which can run on any of its supported SmartBond device hardware development kits. The development kit is a single board with an on-board debugger, including the mikorBUS interface, enabling connections to a multitude of sensor shields. A full set of development tools are also available for both iOS and Android application support.