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Bluetooth-MCU dev't kit eases design

Posted: 10 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  microcontroller  MCU  analogue signal 

MSP430 Bluetooth platform

Texas Instruments Inc. has coupled its seventh-generation Bluetooth offering, the CC2560, with an embedded Bluetooth stack running on its ultra low-power MSP430 microcontroller. Two development kits, the EZ430-RF2560 development tool and PAN1315 evaluation module (EMK), are immediately available to new and existing customers for evaluations and upgrades. These development kits accelerate customers' Bluetooth integration process from months to weeks, reduce design barriers associated with RF implementations, and place fully functional Bluetooth technology in customers' hands within minutes of unpacking the development kits.

Designers today rely on the easy-to-use, ultra low-power MSP430 MCU to simultaneously interface to analogue signals, sensors and digital components in a wide range of portable devices. Customers trust the CC2560 Bluetooth solution to provide high RF performance, running on the MCU, the unique flexibility to add future Bluetooth profiles as they emerge. Together, these technologies spark out-of-the-box Bluetooth applications in markets like medical, industrial, consumer electronics.

The EZ430-RF2560 is a low-cost bundled TI Bluetooth evaluation and software development tool for MSP430 and CC2560 solutions that wraps all hardware and software into a convenient USB stick. The development tool helps customers evaluate and test designs in early development phases to estimate total R&D investment. The Bluetooth silicon technology also reduces customer product risk. The tool is pre-tested with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support.

The PAN1315 EMK production-ready, highly advanced software development tool helps customers design new applications with the MSP430F5438 Experimenter board using Panasonic's CC2560-based Bluetooth module. The tool couples Panasonic's HCI-based module with MSP430 MCU for more advanced designs. It also helps removes RF complexity to speed design cycles and reduce customer risks as well as enables advanced designs with more intelligent peripheral sets. The PAN1315 EMKeases customer-specific application integration, allows addition of Bluetooth technology with minimal effort due to MCU software foundation and comes with full community support for faster debugging and development cycles.

"We are excited to offer a customised Bluetooth solution for thousands of MSP430 customers that are looking to integrate connectivity technology in hundreds of new and existing embedded device markets," said Doug Wilson, general manager of TI's emerging connectivity solutions business. "The EZ430-RF2560 and PAN1315 EMK tools open the doors to a simplified development process and help customers easily add Bluetooth functionality to next-generation MSP430-based designs."

The EZ430-RF2560 development tool and PAN1315 EMK are available today for Rs.4,571.52 ($99).

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