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Low-power Bluetooth Smart SoCs inspire more compact designs

Posted: 06 Oct 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Atmel  Bluetooth Smart  SoC  MCU  ARM Cortex 

Atmel Corp. has rolled out what it flaunts as the industry's lowest power, smallest footprint Bluetooth Smart solution in production quantities. Consuming less than 4mA in RX and less than 3mA TX at 3.6V, the device ups battery life by as much as one year or more for certain applications, stated the company.

Pushing the limits of space constrained areas, the Atmel SmartConnect Bluetooth Smart BTLC1000 solution footprint, in a 2.2mm x 2.1mm WLCSP, is significantly smaller than what is available on the market, boasted Atmel. The solution takes the rapidly growing IoT and wearable markets to the next level in power consumption and form factor enabling extraordinary applications for smart wearables such as fitness trackers and medical devices, along with human interface devices, asset trackers, beacons and much more. The devices also support beacons and other application standards for leading smartphone operating systems, the company added.

The BTLC1000 is an ultra-low power Bluetooth SMART SoC with an integrated Atmel | SMART ARM Cortex-M0 MCU and Bluetooth transceiver. The solution can be used as a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) link controller that connects as a companion to any Atmel AVR or Atmel | SMART MCU. It can also be used as a standalone applications processor with embedded BLE connectivity and external memory for a variety of applications like beacons, mobile and human interface devices. Also available as a production-ready and fully-certified module for FCC ETSI/CE and IC regulations, the BTLC1000 solution significantly facilitates product design and reduces overall time-to-market.

Bluetooth Smart SoCs

Atmel's BTLC1000 can be powered by a number of different battery types, ranging from coin cell, AA and AAA batteries to Lithium polymer batteries, without the need for external power management circuitry. The BTLC1000 uses an innovative radio and DSP architecture that delivers extremely low power consumption along with high performance. The BTLC1000 provides a cost-effective solution for many Bluetooth Smart-based applications by integrating the Bluetooth Low Energy Radio and Baseband with an ARM Cortex-M0-based MCU. The need for very few external components cuts the total system solution cost.

To accelerate a designer's development, an all-inclusive Atmel BTLC1000 XSTK starter kit is available to evaluate the Atmel BTLC1000 with the Atmel | SMART ultra-low-power SAM L21 Xplained PRO host MCU evaluation board. The BTLC1000 XPRO extension board can also be ordered individually and can be plugged into any of the supported Atmel host MCU Xplained boards to easily add Bluetooth Smart connectivity.

Atmel's ATBTLC1000A-MU-T SoCs are available for $1.59 at 1K quantities. The Atmel ATBTLC1000A-UU-T SoCs (WLCSP package) are also available for $1.54 at 1K quantities. The ATBTLC1000-XSTK and ATBTLC1000-XPRO kits are available for $99 and $25, respectively.





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