Ultra-compact Bluetooth chip
The Swiss Swatch Group introduces its new EM9304, claimed to be the world´s smallest Bluetooth chip, with a size of only 5 mm2. The new integrated circuit was designed EM Microelectronic, Swatch Group R & D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM).
In addition to its compact dimensions, it also features a low energy consumption, thus increasing the autonomy of connected objects, and a high-speed start-up capability, which improves the reactivity and lifetime of electronic beacons and other IoT devices. The EM9304 has been officially qualified to meet the latest Bluetooth standard, version 5.0. 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.
Swatch Group and the CSEM, both based in the "Swiss Silicon Valley", collaborate in a wide range of fields. As announced in February, the two long-standing partners are working to develop a unique Swiss Made ecosystem. It will be specially designed to meet the needs of small connected objects (the Internet of Things). This platform will be built around a completely new, bespoke operating system.
Photo: Nick Hayek, President of the Swatch Group Management Board with the EM9304 Smallest Bluetooth Chip