Bluetooth 4.0 Single-mode Module BlueSoleil i410e Released


IVT has released a drop-in single mode Bluetooth low energy system-in-package (SiP) module, BlueSoleil i410e.

BlueSoleil i410e is a completely self-contained Bluetooth low energy SiP module that includes CSR’s µEnergy™ 1000 connectivity-on-chip solution integrating the radio, baseband and software stack (Bluetooth low energy PHY, Link layer and Host), plus an integrated antenna, 16MHz crystal and passive components. The module measures 16.6mm(L) *13.8mm(W)* 2.5mm(H).

BlueSoleil i410e is also designed to be fully compliant with BQB requirements and requires no other external supporting components beyond an inexpensive external 16-bit RISC microcontroller(MCU) (used to run the upper Profile and Application layers of the Bluetooth low energy stack) and 3.3V power source.

BlueSoleil i410e is miniaturized enough to fit into highly space constrained applications such as watches, health and fitness sensors (e.g. pedometer, heart-rate-, blood pressure- and glucose-monitors), remote controls and key fob-style proximity detectors.

IVT has developed BlueSoleil firmware that allows developers to test the communication link of its module and develop Bluetooth functionality. As a result, the module requires minimal engineering overhead in order to incorporate it into a product as a fully functional wireless connection.

The Bluetooth low energy part of Bluetooth Version 4.0 specifies two types of implementation, single mode and dual mode. Single mode chips consume only a fraction of the power of Classic Bluetooth, allowing the short-range wireless standard to extend to coin cell battery applications for the first time.

Since Bluetooth low energy wireless technology is an interoperable standard, BlueSoleil i410e will be able to communicate with both single mode Bluetooth low energy chips from other manufacturers, and dual mode Bluetooth low energy chips that are likely to become a de facto feature in almost all new Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and computers.

Developers don’t need extensive RF experience to design-in i410e into Bluetooth low energy products. This is particularly relevant given that Bluetooth low energy is expected to grow ultra low power wireless into brand new markets and applications where engineers may not have previous experience of RF engineering."

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