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National Week of Making Special - Make your own Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Part 1


In honor of the National Week of Making, we introduce Part 1 of how to make your own PCB from the Maker's Guide to the IoT: MCU Edition.  Learn how to speak the language of PCB design covering schematics and layout.

Home Automation Part 4: All About the Ecosystems

How do I know which products in the market will work with the product I'm developing? What is an ecosystem and how does it relate to IoT? This 4th installment of the blog series will help shed some light on the home automation ecosystems.


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City, Tech Leaders Converge in Austin to Discuss Smart Cities

Last week, civic and technology leaders came together during the 2016 Smart Cities Summit here in Austin to showcase technology solutions and discuss what role data will play in smart cities in the years to come.


Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

Smart meters are becoming more and more sophisticated, and integration of connectivity has been a game-changer when it comes to the focus on energy concervation. The number of expected smart meter deployments over the next few years is staggering, and with WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee and sub-GHz technolgoies available, which one do you choose?

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IoT Hero Fitcare Leads Chinese Fitness Market with High-Precision “Heart Rate Watch”

Fitcare_Yin Shaoxiang.pngLearn how this IoT Hero is taking wearable development to the next in China level using our MCUs, heartrate monitor, and UV sensors.  

Changing the World One Hack at a Time

As a part of a national initative, we participated in the ATX Hack for Change event. We spent the weekend working with skilled Austinites to solve the local community's most pressing issues, all with the help of a little hacking.


Are Bluetooth BLE Beacons Secure and Private? Sort of. You Should Read This Post

Based on recent media coverage, beacons may be developing a reputation for being overly invasive. But what's the reality? In this blog we explore the security of Bluetooth BLE beacons. Highlight.png

Build an Arduino-Controlled AM/FM/SW Radio

Check out this project that uses our Si4844-A10 analog-tuned radio receiver and an Arduino to make a full-featured multiband radio.Radio on Breadboard.jpg

Making the IoT Happier with the EZR32 Sub-GHz Wireless MCU

Introducing the EZR32 Happy Gecko, a high-performance, low-energy wireless solution that comes in a small form factor.

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IoT Hero Broodminder Hits Funding Milestone

Congratulations to Rich Morris and his Broodminder wireless beehive scale for successfully completing its funding goals. The Broodminder is an IoT device designed to help protect bee populations during harsh winters. Broodminder.jpg

Top 5 Considerations for Designing a BLE Beacon Quickly, Securely, and Effectively - Part 1

As the benefits of beacons become more widely known, their integration into products and services increase. But designing for beaconing functionality comes with some specific design challenges. 


May 2016 Member Spotlight: klangdon79


We are featuring one of the Silicon Labs Community members who is active or new in the community on a monthly basis to help members connect with each other.

One Giant Leap in Connectivity

Today we're at Computex in Taipei unveiling a new reference design for the USB Type-C specification. As the next step in USB connectivity, Type-C makes life easier for end users by reducing the number of cables and enabling device interoperability. We, in turn, make like easier for developers. 

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