Dallas, Tex. -- Texas Instruments (TI) introduced its next-generation SimpleLink SensorTag, a new development kit that enables quick integration of sensor data with wireless cloud connectivity. Sensors can be connected to the cloud in less than three minutes through TI's IoT cloud ecosystem including IBM's Bluemix IoT Foundation, according to the company.
In addition, several key features of the SensorTags can help jump start development for the Internet of Things (IoT), said TI. These features include:
- Multiple wireless connectivity options including Bluetooth® lowenergy,6LoWPAN and ZigBee® available today based on the SimpleLink ultra-low power CC2650 wireless microcontroller (MCU).
- 10 integrated low-power sensors with the industry's lowest power consumption for multi-year battery life, according to TI.
- New DevPackplug-in modules that extend the kits' functionality and programmability
- Out of the box capabilities with a free iOS or Android app. No programming experience is required to get started, said TI.
- TI Design reference designs that allow reuse of the SensorTags as a starting point for designs.
The SensorTag kits come with ready-to-use protocol stacks, free Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment (IDE) license, online training and 24/7 online TI E2E™ community support. In addition, TI's cloud-based software development tools provide access to examples, documentation, software and an integrated development environment (IDE).
Two development kit versions are available:
The multi-standard SensorTag, based on the SimpleLink ultra-low power CC2650 wireless MCU, supports development for Bluetooth Smart, 6LoWPAN and ZigBee. This SensorTag has a unique feature that allows developers to change between different 2.4 GHz technologies by loading new software images directly from the SensorTag app over-the-air. When the SensorTag is used as a ZigBee and 6LoWPAN device, it connects to the cloud through a low-cost BeagleBone Black gateway. For Bluetooth Smart development, it connects to the cloud via a smartphone.
Both SensorTags come with 10 integrated low-power sensors including the TI OPT3001 precision ambient light sensor, TI HDC1000 integrated humidity and temperature sensor and TI TMP007 contactless IR thermopile sensor. Additional sensors include a 9-axis motion sensor (gyroscope, compass and accelerometer), altimeter/ pressure sensor, digital microphone and magnet sensor.
DevPack plug-in modules are also available including the $15 Debug DevPack based on the TM4C1294 microcontroller (MCU) to add debug capabilities to the SensorTag. The Display (watch) DevPack adds a 1.35 inch ultra-low power graphical display to the SensorTag. The LED Audio DevPack consists of four high power multi-color LEDs and a 4W audio amplifier powered by a micro-USB for home automation and smart lighting applications. Developers can also create their own by downloading the Build Your Own DevPack guide.
Availability: Available now. A Wi-Fi demo-version of the SensorTag will be introduced soon.
Pricing: The new SimpleLink multi-standard CC2650 SensorTag (CC2650STK) is priced at $29 on the TI Store and through TI authorized distributors. Related software for each connectivity standard is also available:
The SimpleLink SensorTag DevPacks are also available on the TI Store and through TI authorized distributors:
- Debug DevPack (CC-DEVPACK-DEBUG) for $15
- Display DevPack (DEVPACK-WATCH) for $19
- LED Audio DevPack (DEVPACK-LED-AUDIO) for $19
Pricing and availability for the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 SensorTag will be coming later in 2015.