Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Advisor

Parkerson, Pat

Reader

Thompson, Dale

Second Reader

Qinghua, Li

Abstract

Bluetooth Low Energy provides a platform for many developers to implement low power communication for a wide range of applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging concept that is gaining traction in the world of embedded systems. Bluetooth Low Energy is one of the latest enablers of this movement and the Simblee module improves BLE accessibility. This thesis provides an evaluation of the average power consumption the Simblee uses in different use cases. By leveraging one of the Simblee’s most notable features, the Ultra Low Power mode, very low power consumption can be achieved, potentially increasing battery life from weeks to years. The Simblee module can be programmatically put into Ultra Low Power mode in intervals during normal execution to achieve different levels of power consumption at the cost of increased latency. Depending on the use case, low latency can be sacrificed in favor of lower power consumption.

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