Redpine Debuts Multi-Protocol Wireless Device

November 21, 2013

The WiSeMote-EH Internet of Things module provides connectivity through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth Low Energy interfaces; incorporates photovoltaic energy harvesting; and supports location services.

SAN JOSE, CA /PRNewswire/ -- Redpine Signals Inc., a leading developer of ultra-low-power and high-performance multi-standard wireless chipsets and systems, announces the release of the "industry's first multi-functional device with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (BT), and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, incorporating photovoltaic energy harvesting." The device includes a sensor and an e-paper display that maintains display content at microwatts of power consumption. The device uses Redpine's RS9113 M2MCombo SoC device to provide connectivity through Wi-Fi, BT, and BLE wireless interfaces for sensor data transfer and display updates. The device also supports location in conjunction with Redpine's RTLS infrastructure.

The extremely low-power e-paper display ensures that, with normal indoor lighting, display updates are possible every few minutes perpetually without the use of a battery. Configuration and re-configuration of the device is achieved either through an IP network via Wi-Fi or through a smartphone via BT or BLE.

WiSeMote-EH supports multiple wireless protocols to exploit the strengths of each for a given metric. All IP data connectivity is supported by Wi-Fi while local control and monitoring is achieved with an ultra-low-power BLE interface.

"We have leveraged Redpine's technology and expertise in ultra-low-power wireless chip and system design and in RTLS in creating the WiSeMote-EH device," said Venkat Mattela, CEO of Redpine Signals. "All core components of the device are optimally developed for this application, which include an ultra-low-power RF transceiver, a high-efficiency CMOS power amplifier, a multi-thread processor, firmware, and system design. We spent many person years of effort to engineer the firmware to give us the system profile to sustain the required operation for the available energy harvested," he added.

"Cisco recently launched an Internet of Things division, focusing on linking data, machines, and people and the standards that go with them," said Bob Friday, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group. "Redpine's solutions, together with a wireless IP network interface, will be a key ingredient for enabling enterprise IoT solutions for customers to transform their business and enhance their user experience through connected devices."

The versatile device finds application in a number of areas. These include retail stores, for displaying product information updates, and conferences, for displaying attendee information and promotions, among others.

The WiSeMote-EH is sampling now, with production quantities in Q12014. Redpine Signals will demo the product at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA 2013 show, booth #M05 in Santa Clara, CA, from November 20–21.

About Redpine Signals
Headquartered in San Jose, California, Redpine Signals Inc., is a fabless semiconductor, M2M devices, and wireless system solutions company, focusing on innovative, ultra-low-power and high-performance products for next-generation wireless applications. Redpine was founded in 2001 and was the "first in the industry to launch an ultra-low-power and low-cost single-stream 802.11n chipset in late 2007." Again, in 2009 Redpine pioneered the adoption of self-contained 802.11n modules in the then emerging M2M market. Redpine offers chipsets, modules, devices, and systems covering multiple market segments in M2M (industrial, medical, automotive, connected home, smart energy, building automation, and real-time location), mobile, and networking markets. Its technology and product portfolio includes chipsets, modules, and devices, with multi-stream 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual mode Bluetooth 4.0, and ZigBee wireless connectivity. The company has more than 220 employees worldwide.

For more information on Redpine products, contact Redpine at info@redpinesignals.com.

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