ON Semiconductor, a Phoenix, Arizona-based Fortune 500 semiconductors supplier company, as per recent reports, has announced the launch of its new solar cell-powered RSL10 Multi-Sensor Platform. The platform, which reportedly is designed to continuously harvest solar energy, supports the development of IoT sensors to gather data and communicate via the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless personal area network technology. The platform, harvesting solar cell energy, is completely independent of batteries or other non-renewable sources of energy.
According to ON Semiconductor, the RSL10 Solar Cell Multi-Sensor Platform, brings together ultra-low-power wireless communications, small LGA form-factor solar cell, and low duty cycle sensing applications, all under the roof of a single platform, making development and deployment of totally maintenance-free IoT sensor nodes, a reality. The RSL10 Platform is enabled by the RSL10 SiP (System-in-Package) solution that features the RSL10 radio, integrated antenna, and all passive components.
“After the success of the RSL10 Sensor Development Kit, we are thrilled to work with ON Semiconductor on a new cutting-edge sensor development platform that is entirely solar powered,” stated Peter Weigand, VP, Marketing, Bosch Sensortec. “The BMA400 is the first real ultra-low-power accelerometer that doesn’t compromise on performance. Combined with the BME280 integrated environmental sensor, this provides a comprehensive sensing solution for IoT applications such as climate control, intrusion detection and asset tracking.”
Wiren Perera, Head of IoT, ON Semiconductor, said, “To support the growth of IoT, manufacturers are actively investigating alternative sources of energy to power their designs, helping to reduce environmental impact and lower manufacturing and maintenance costs. With this solution, established on the RSL10 Bluetooth Low Energy radio, we are proving that a battery-free and maintenance-free approach to smart sensor development is not only possible but can help manufacturers improve their designs.”