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Module integrates a BLE 4.1 stack for use with or without a host MCU

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:26am

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BLE moduleMicrochip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.  The RN4020 builds on the Company’s Bluetooth Classic experience and carries both worldwide regulatory certifications and is Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified.  The integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) stack and onboard support for the common SIG low-energy profiles speeds time to market while ensuring Bluetooth compatibility, eliminating certification costs and reducing development risks.  The module is also pre-loaded with the Microchip Low-energy Data Profile (MLDP), which enables designers to easily stream any type of data across the BTLE link. Because the RN4020 is a stack-on-board module, it can connect to any microcontroller with a UART interface, including hundreds of PIC MCUs, or it can operate standalone without an MCU for basic data collection and communication, such as a beacon or sensor.  This standalone operation is facilitated by Microchip’s unique no-compile scripting, which allows module configuration via a simple ASCII command interface—no tools or compiling are required. This BLE module is suitable for:

  • Home automation and appliances.
  • Medical and wearable devices.
  • Toys, tags, fobs and remote controls.
  • Pulse and proximity sensor-based systems.
  • Industrial applications.

For more information, visit www.microchip.com

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