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TI's Bluetooth modules ease wireless integration

Posted: 01 Nov 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  wireless  connectivity  modules 

Texas Instruments Inc. introduces the CC2560 and CC2564 wireless Bluetooth v4.0 technology-based devices in QFN packages.

The CC2560 device offers Bluetooth v4.0 classic support for audio and data applications while the CC2564 device offers either dual-mode Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy or dual-mode Bluetooth/ANT+. Applications that benefit from the dual-mode solution include those that require wireless communication to Bluetooth classic products and Bluetooth low energy or ANT+ devices such as sports and fitness aggregator gadgets or smart watches. The dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0 solution can also be used as a sensor solution to deliver longer range to communicate with mobile devices that may or may not have Bluetooth low energy technology.

The devices are said to offer improved power efficiency and twice the range of competing Bluetooth low energy solutions. They enable simplified and minimised hardware and software development for quick time-to-market. Plus, they come with royalty-free Bluetooth software stack offered from TI and developed by Stonestreet One that supports various MCUs such as TI's MSP430 and Stellaris MCUs. This allows for extensive application prototyping and development.

The company encourages customers to download a two-layer reference design (schematics, layout and BOM) that can be copied and pasted into end applications. Also, TI is set to release full-featured evaluation boards and design materials for hardware and software prototyping with the CC2560 and CC2564 QFN devices in Q4 12.

The CC2560 and CC2564 Bluetooth v4.0 devices are available in ROHS-compliant QFN packages priced at Rs.101.09 ($1.86) and Rs.116.30 ($2.14), respectively. Both are available in 7.83mm x 8.10mm and 16.5mm x 16.5mm packages.

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