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Development kit aims at Bluetooth-enabled MCU design

Posted: 21 Jul 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless kit  Stellaris MCU  ARM Cortex-M3 

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) unveils the Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit (DK-EM2-2560B) that offers a combination of the Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 MCU performance with high-throughput, power-efficient, CC2560 Bluetooth solution enabling quick and easy design of Bluetooth technology-enabled applications based on Stellaris MCUs.

The Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit enables developers address the demand for more streaming audio, remote control and data transfer in industrial and consumer applications.

With this offering, TI further expands its broad portfolio of complete microcontroller and wireless technology solutions, which includes 16 and 32bit MCUs backed by ZigBee, low-power wireless, RFID, and Bluetooth hardware and software. The Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit is modular and can be combined with the same Stellaris DK-LM3S9B96 development kit that serves as a baseboard for other Stellaris wireless solutions. When coupled with the DK- LM3S9B96 development board, the kit includes all hardware and software needed to begin development. It also claims to speed the design process, as engineers are able to evaluate the working Bluetooth solution within 10 minutes or less using the included quick-start application.

The Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit contains StellarisWare software, including peripheral driver library and example source code and Bluetopia Bluetooth stack—developed by Stonestreet One and licensed, delivered and supported by TI—which includes the Serial Port Profile (SPP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) with sample applications.

Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit contains the following components:
 • Stellaris DK-LM3S9B96-EM2 Expansion Board
 • PAN1323 Bluetooth v2.1 +Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Module
 • TI eZ430 USB emulator with Bluetooth target board and plastic cover
 • Battery board
 • Two AAA batteries
 • Earbud headphones
 • StellarisWare CD

Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth wireless kit features Bluetooth 2.1 technology and EDR support that claims to provide best-in-class Bluetooth RF performance for robust, high-throughput wireless connection, extended range and better power efficiency. Complete, validated, certified, production-ready module (PAN1323 used for evaluation, PAN1315 or PAN1325 used for production) lowers manufacturing and operating costs, saves board space, eases certification, and minimises RF expertise required. Sample applications for the Stellaris LM3S9000 series, with demos showing API usage provided in source code simplifies and reduces hardware and software development, allowing faster time-to-market.

The Stellaris 2.4GHz CC2560 Bluetooth Wireless Kit (DK-EM2-2560B) is priced at Rs.8,883.93 ($199) and available to order today. The DK-LM3S9B96 is sold separately for Rs.19,000 ($425) and available to order today.

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