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Low-energy Bluetooth packs radio, link controller

Posted: 23 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  low energy solution  Wi-Fi  wireless connectivity 

nRF8001 Bluetooth

Nordic Semiconductor ASA has started shipping samples and development kits of its nRF8001 , the first member of its µBlue Bluetooth low energy single mode solution to its lead customers

While the Bluetooth low-energy specification is still under development, Nordic is providing a complete beta implementation, including host and profiles sub-system, enabling its lead customers to begin both hardware and software development of their first single-mode Bluetooth low-energy applications. Nordic expects to have a feature complete and qualified product shortly after the specification is finalised by the Bluetooth SIG.

TheµBlue nRF8001 is a highly-integrated single-mode slave solution in a 32-pin 5mm x 5mm QFN package. It features a fully embedded radio, link controller, and host sub-system. Its profiles and application examples are included within theµBlue SDK. It uses less that 15mA peak current consumption while its average current consumption is in the microampere range. It is expected to enable years of battery operating life for coin cell battery-powered applications (depending on duty cycle).

Nordic'sµBlue family will be a range of single-mode Bluetooth low energy solutions based on a single-chip architecture integrating radio, baseband, and microcontroller with fully embedded Bluetooth low-energy software stacks. By providing a complete solution,µBlue will significantly ease the effort and cost for manufacturers to make Bluetooth low-energy wireless-enabled products. This high level of integration, tiny chip size and low external component count makesµBlue ideal for size-constrained applications like watches and wearable sensors.µBlue will also be made available in a number of targeted application variants to suit the specific requirements of products in various market segments.

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