Mesh networking capability was introduced to the Bluetooth® Low Energy specifications in July 2017 by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a means of supporting large-scale networks requiring many-to-many node connections.
Designers who wish to take advantage of this capability can use ON Semiconductor's RSL10, a multi-protocol, Bluetooth 5.0-certified radio System-on-Chip (SoC) which offers the lowest power consumption in its class.
The RSL10 is for use in devices which require advanced wireless features such as Bluetooth mesh networking, while occupying a small board footprint and extending battery run-time.
For faster system development, the RSL10 SoC may be supplied integrated into a Systemin- Package (SiP). The ready-to-use RSL10 SIP includes an antenna, the RSL10 SoC, and all passive components in a single, miniature package.
ON Semiconductor provides RSL10 software to allow for rapid development of ultra lowpower Bluetooth Low Energy mesh networking applications. Sample code enables easy configuration and deployment of mesh networks with any combination of proxy nodes (to connect a mobile phone), relay nodes, friend nodes and Low-Power Nodes (LPNs), with support for multiple LPNs per friend.
Documentation explains the process of configuring and provisioning an RSL10- based mesh network.