Silicon Labs Releases New Real-Time Energy Profiler IoT Development Tool

Posted 8/4/2015 4:02:26 PM by STUART PARKERSON, Publisher Emeritus

Silicon Labs Releases New Real-Time Energy Profiler IoT Development Tool
Silicon Labs has released the newest version of its Simplicity Studio IoT development platform which enables concurrent micro-controller (MCU) and wireless design. This latest release of Simplicity Studio now offers an enhanced real-time Energy Profiler tool, faster execution speed and an easier installation process.

Silicon Labs’ new Energy Profiler helps developers optimize their IoT designs for ultra-low energy and long battery life by providing a more intuitive user interface, improved usability, and greater energy profiling accuracy and reliability. 

The tool addresses the need for exceptional energy efficiency and extended battery life for battery-powered IoT applications, such as wearables, personal medical devices, wireless sensor nodes, and gas and water meters. The tool also helps extrapolate system-level energy consumption and battery life expectations from MCU and wireless IC data sheets which can be challenging and time-consuming. 

The Energy Profiler tool offers a new Energy Score feature that is unique to the embedded industry, enabling developers to benchmark the energy efficiency of their IoT system designs. The Energy Score helps developers determine which design iteration provides the highest score directly correlated to battery life. A higher score (on a 0 to 10 scale) indicates lower energy consumption and longer battery life. The Energy Profiler also allows developers to save sessions, enabling them to compare relevant data from their saved sessions to gain a better understanding of how design modifications impact overall energy efficiency.

The Energy Profiler features an enhanced energy graphing capability that has the familiar look and feel of an oscilloscope. A developer can now zoom in on the X (time) and Y (power) axes of the energy graph to analyze the details of energy consumption with greater precision. In addition, the profiler provides a direct correlation between the energy graph, function analyzer and application code. This three-way correlation capability enhances a developer’s ability to optimize designs for ultra-low energy consumption.

The size of the Simplicity Studio installation package has been reduced by a factor of ten, enabling developers to visit Silicon Labs’ website, download Simplicity Studio and run a demo in less than ten minutes. In addition, the most frequent tasks in Simplicity Studio, such as software examples and demos, now run up to three times faster than they did in the previous version.

These new enhancements support the Simplicity Studio platform functionality by simplifying the process of developing IoT applications by providing MCU and wireless developers with one-click access to everything they need to complete projects, from initial concept to final product, in a unified software environment. 

Simplicity Studio includes an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), graphical configuration tools, energy profiling and battery estimation tools, network analysis tools, demos, software examples, documentation, technical support and community forums. All of these integrated features combine to make embedded development simple and productive for IoT developers. Simplicity Studio provides built-in intelligence to automatically detect the connected 8-bit or 32-bit MCU or wireless IC, graphically configure the device, and show supported configuration options.

The latest release of Simplicity Studio including the enhanced Energy Profiler is available to developers at no charge and can be downloaded by visiting the Silicon Labs' website
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About the author: STUART PARKERSON, Publisher Emeritus

Stuart Parkerson has an extensive background in niche technology publishing.

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