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Swatch Group creates the world’s smallest Bluetooth chip

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The Swatch Group just announced the introduction of a new Bluetooth chip which sets important world records:
• It is the smallest Bluetooth chip on the market. The ultra-miniaturization of electronic components is crucial for the densification of functions in portable electronic devices.
• It has the lowest energy consumption for different scenarios of use, thus increasing the autonomy of connected objects, an essential factor in this field.
• Its high-speed start-up capability is unparallelled, which makes it possible to improve the reactivity and the lifetime of, for example, electronic beacons.

Designed 100% by EM Microelectronic, Swatch Group R&D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), the new integrated circuit has already been officially qualified to meet the latest Bluetooth standard, version 5.0.

Nick Hayek, President of the Executive Group Management Board of the Swatch Group, showing the new chip

The chip consists of more than 5 million transistors on a surface of about 5 mm². Designed for maximum flexibility, 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 is also one of the world leaders in circuits and systems with very low energy consumption, as well as in technologies adapted to small connected objects (the Internet of Things).

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) and, of course, smart watches.

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