SmartMesh IP wireless networks enable Internet of Things

April 15, 2015

Linear Technology is demonstrating its SmartMesh IP embedded wireless mesh networks, powered by Sol Chip’s Solar Battery, at Hannover Fair 2015 Trade Show. The use of solar energy to power industrial Internet of Things applications provides users with a maintenance-free wireless solution, as no batteries are required for operation.

SmartMesh IP wireless mesh networks are built for IP compatibility, and based on 6LoWPAN and 802.15.4e standards. SmartMesh IP embedded wireless networks include Eterna SoC technology that enables up to 8x lower power consumption than competitive solutions, even in harsh, dynamically changing RF environments. Cost-effective, IP-compatible, and widely applicable, SmartMesh IP wireless networks serve an extensive range of applications, such as energy management, building automation, renewable energy, and other implementations in smart infrastructure that require ultralow power.

SmartMesh IP offers these features:

  • >99.999% data reliability;
  • ultralow Power, even routing nodes may run indoors on solar power; and
  • complete networking solution, no network stack development is required.

Sol Chip’s Solar Battery (Light Battery) integrates all the required components, in a single battery unit, to harvest and supply sustainable solar/light energy to low-power applications. Sol Chip’s technology utilizes low-cost manufacturing flow, thereby increasing overall efficiency and decreasing design complexity, while reducing cost.

About the Author

Rick Nelson | Contributing Editor

Rick is currently Contributing Technical Editor. He was Executive Editor for EE in 2011-2018. Previously he served on several publications, including EDN and Vision Systems Design, and has received awards for signed editorials from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He began as a design engineer at General Electric and Litton Industries and earned a BSEE degree from Penn State.

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