This is the world’s smallest low-energy Bluetooth chip, designed to improve the autonomy and connectivity of watches and small devices. The R&D news comes as the Swiss watchmaking industry hopes to recover from its longest slump since the 1980s.
The tiny integrated circuit, designed by EM Microelectronic, Swatch Group R & D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel, measures just five square millimeters but its surface is packed with five million transistors.
It is claimed to be the smallest Bluetooth chip in the world, with the lowest energy consumption and highest start-up speed capability.
“The ultra-miniaturization of electronic components is crucial for the densification of functions in portable electronic devices and for the Internet of Things,” said a statement last Friday.
The device, with the latest Bluetooth standard, version 5.0., is aimed at increasing the autonomy of connected objects.
It can work alone or in conjunction with various sensors; system integrators can take advantage of a microcontroller with very low power consumption or can use the chip to add a Bluetooth communication function to any portable electronic device.