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Development Kit Adds Bluetooth Connectivity to Embedded Designs

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 9:16am

dotstack demonstration Bluetooth StackMicrochip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, which includes CandleDragon, Inc.’s dotstack demonstration Bluetooth Stack. The kit provides an easy, cost-effective and flexible add-on for embedded evaluation and development using many 16/32-bit PIC microcontrollers or dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). To speed development and further reduce costs, the Microchip Bluetooth Kit works with the Company’s existing tools.

While Bluetooth wireless technology is a common short-range protocol for PCs and consumer electronics, it is rapidly gaining popularity among a broader set of embedded applications. However, the current Bluetooth wireless technology modules are costly and inflexible because they force developers to use their predetermined baseband radio and microcontroller. Microchip and CandleDragon’s Bluetooth solution enables designers to pair a wide range of radio ICs for Bluetooth connectivity with many of Microchip’s 16/32-bit PIC microcontrollers or dsPIC DSCs. Additionally, CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth stack is Bluetooth SIG compliant and supports multiple profiles in a single microcontroller—including SPP, HFP and HID—with more profiles planned for Microchip’s MCUs in the near future.

“Microchip makes it easy for our customers to cost-effectively evaluate and add Bluetooth wireless technology to their designs, with minimal development time and low risk,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. “Our new Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, combined with CandleDragon’s Bluetooth Stack, goes one step further in enabling embedded Bluetooth connectivity.”

CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth Stack is available today for free—for evaluation and development—via download from Microchip’s Web site at: http://www.microchip.com/get/A0NT. Once the design goes into production, the stack licensing fee starts at $4,250 for 5,000 units.

Microchip’s Bluetooth Evaluation Kit (part # DM183036) is also available today, for $109.99. It comes with the Microchip Bluetooth PICtail Plus Daughter Board, along with the 16-bit USB PIC24FJ256GB110 and 32-bit CAN/USB PIC32MX795F512L Microcontroller Plug-in Modules, both of which come pre-programmed with CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth demonstration stack and SPP profile. This kit is designed for use with Microchip’s existing Explorer 16 Development Board (part # DM240001), available separately for $129.99.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/TBXK.  

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