Connect the IoT to your smartphone with long range and low power


The Internet of Things (IoT) – that vast, behind-the-scenes network of machines, devices and conveniences – just got smarter.

You’ve likely seen commercials for products allowing you to unlock doors and secure your home from your smartphone. But imagine managing home automation, utility metering, medical monitoring and automotive systems all from the click of an app. Previously inanimate objects − doors, thermostats and cars − will now become “smart” through the use of monitoring sensors, long-range wireless connectivity and the cloud. This is what the introduction of the SimpleLink™ dual-band CC1350 wireless microcontroller (MCU) will allow.

“With our debut of the industry’s first ultra-low-power dual-band wireless microcontroller, you’ll be able to monitor and manage your IoT network from your smartphone,” said JB Lund, general manager, Low-Power Connectivity.

The Internet of Things (IoT) – that vast, behind-the-scenes network of machines, devices and conveniences – just got smarter.

You’ve likely seen commercials for products allowing you to unlock doors and secure your home from your smartphone. But imagine managing home automation, utility metering, medical monitoring and automotive systems all from the click of an app. Previously inanimate objects − doors, thermostats and cars − will now become “smart” through the use of monitoring sensors, long-range wireless connectivity and the cloud. This is what the introduction of the SimpleLink™ dual-band CC1350 wireless microcontroller (MCU) will allow.

“With our debut of the industry’s first ultra-low-power dual-band wireless microcontroller, you’ll be able to monitor and manage your IoT network from your smartphone,” said JB Lund, general manager, Low-Power Connectivity.

A few new ways you will be able to interact with long-range connectivity via your smartphone include:

  • Students and teachers will receive an alert on their smartphones when a smoke detector is activated.
  • If your dog leaves the perimeter of your house, you’ll be able to receive an immediate notification on your phone.
  • Receive notifications from your security network when a battery needs to be replaced or your backyard gate is opened.
  • Enable an elderly person to live at home longer by monitoring medicine intake, sending reminders, warning the doctor of any issues, and providing vital updates.
  • Receive notifications on your phone when a car tire is low.
  • Easily update the software of your low-power wireless sensor network in a factory or store to add features or fix problems quickly.

“There are endless applications,” JB said. “The market is constantly growing, and there are end products we haven’t even thought of yet.”

Ultimate integration

The CC1350 wireless MCU − which was a global collaboration from our offices in Oslo, San Diego and Dallas − integrates Sub-1 GHz long-range wireless connectivity, Bluetooth® low-energy implementations and an MCU on a single tiny chip. The dual-band integrated chip – several times smaller than previous discrete solutions − is backed by our best-in-class software, support and documentation.

It will enable long-range, ultra-low-power communications with IoT-connected applications. The CC1350 device is available for easy development with our LaunchPad™ development kit platform.

“The device was created for industrial, building automation, metering, automotive, consumer, medical and many other markets,” JB. said. “Take building automation for instance. When you call a security company to come and install a new motion detector on the wall in your house, it’s been quite difficult to set up in the past. With a smart system using the CC1350 solution, the new part is easily recognized by the system and configured with a smartphone app. Then, as a user, you’ll be able to check the status of the system and get an alert when the battery needs to be replaced. If the alarm goes off, you can receive a direct notification on your smartphone.

“The CC1350 wireless MCU provides the ultimate integration of smartphone ease-of-use with long-range connectivity and low power on a single chip,” he said.