Dialog Semiconductor introduces the world’s lowest power Bluetooth Smart Chip
Dialog Semiconductor today launched SmartBond (part number DA14580) – the world's lowest power and smallest Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip which more than doubles the battery life of an app-enabled smartphone accessory or computer peripheral in comparison to competing solutions on the market.
Getting Smarter With Bluetooth V4.0
Bluetooth V4.0 promotes a previously overlooked technical feature that shows it isn't 'only' about communicating with other devices, meaning it can offer much more than may have initially been supposed. Harald Naumann, Field Application Engineer, Wireless, at Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, takes a detailed look in this ES Design magazine article.
TI extends remote control portfolio with new Bluetooth low energy solution with broad industry support
Texas Instruments today announced the extension of its remote control solutions offering with a new Bluetooth low energy advanced remote control kit. As a technology, Bluetooth low energy allows for remotes with mouse-like pointing and keyboard functionality as well as gesture-, touch- and motion-based input controls so users can take their viewing and gaming experience to the next level.
Express Logic and Clarinox Deliver Full Bluetooth Support for ThreadX Platforms
Express Logic today announced the availability of ClarinoxBlue, a full-featured Bluetooth communications stack from Clarinox Technologies that supports Express Logic's widely-deployed ThreadX RTOS. Clarinox's partnership with Express Logic provides an optimal environment for engineers developing products with Bluetooth, WiFi, GPRS/3G, and other embedded short range wireless communications capabilities, including RFID, Zigbee, and NFC.
Laird Technologies Launches Low-Energy Bluetooth Smart Modules for Medical and Other Devices
Laird Technologies today announced and explained that medical devices that send small amounts of data wirelessly will be able to run for months or even years on a coin cell battery when they use new Bluetooth Smart modules
Frontier Silicon launches converged Bluetooth digital radio module at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair
Frontier Silicon today announces the launch of Tuscany, its new module for Bluetooth audio devices. Tuscany's versatile and flexible design makes it ideal for audio devices with any combination of high-performance Bluetooth, dual Band DAB/DAB+, FM with RDS and Apple Lightning/Android docking.
World's first Arduino-compatible micro-computer with Bluetooth low energy allows electronics makers to add smartphones and tablets to their projects
Nordic Semiconductor today announces from wireless startup 'Open Source RF' – launched on KickStarter.com – the world's first 'Arduino' compatible open-source micro-computer that can communicate wirelessly with any Bluetooth v4.0 (which includes Bluetooth low energy as a hallmark feature) compatible smartphone (including the iPhone 4S/5) or tablet (such as the 3rd and 4th generation iPad or the iPad mini) and is based on a new RFD51822 module that is based on the multiple-award winning Nordic nRF51822 SoC ('System-on-Chip') developed by Nordic's long standing module partner and wireless specialist, RF Digital.
BlueCreation releases most complete Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Module
BlueCreation today announced BC127, the most complete Certified Bluetooth 4.0 Audio module available in the market. BC127 offers a complete package with all profiles, high-end codecs such as AAC and aptX, digital and analog audio out combined with the capability to connect to iOS and Android Applications with a simple control and configuration interface.
Using Bluetooth Technology in a Demanding Environment where Reliability, Robustness and Interoperability are Key Success Factors
Using wireless radio technologies in a demanding industrial or medical environment requires paying careful attention to the needs of the application. For instance, applications that are considered not mission critical include the use of Bluetooth for device configuration and maintenance.
TI Delivers Industry’s Only Over-The-Air Download Capabilities For Seamless Software Updates
Answering the growing need for smartphone and tablet applications that update seamlessly, Texas Instruments announces a truly wireless solution with a unique over-the-air-download feature in its BLE-Stack 1.3 software for use with the CC2540 and CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chips. Single-mode Bluetooth low energy or Bluetooth Smart is increasing in popularity because it allows consumers to connect to their smartphones and tablets to automotive, home office, medical and health, sports and fitness as well as mobile and PC accessories.
Microchip Adds RN52 Bluetooth Module For Streaming Audio
Microchip Technology has revealed the expansion of its wireless product portfolio with a certified Bluetooth Audio Module that supports audio for voice and music. The RN52 module provides extremely low power consumption in a small, surface-mount form factor, and includes standard Bluetooth audio and data profiles for all smart-phone platforms.
Frontier Silicon Transforms Listening Experience With Advanced Bluetooth Connectivity For Digital Radios
Frontier Silicon has announced the launch of its new DAB 5.0 Software Development Kit. By adding Bluetooth connectivity to Frontier's Verona DAB/DAB+ module, DAB 5.0 introduces a closer level of integration between smartphones/tablets and radio/audio devices delivering a simple and intuitive user experience.
Control Your Garage Door With Your Smartphone Thanks To BlueRadios
BlueRadios is proud to announce the Housecall Smartphone Garage Controller, a Bluetooth Smart transceiver which easily retrofits almost all standard garage door openers, allowing them to be controlled and monitored via the free Housecall smartphone application. With a range of up to 300 feet, Housecall allows the user to open or close a garage door, as well as check on the current open/close status of the door, eliminating unnerving uncertainty.
BlueRadios Features Kionix Accelerometer in Bluetooth 4.0 Universal Wireless Sensor Development Platform
BlueRadios introduce a new Bluetooth 4.0 Universal Button Sensor reference design for motion-, temperature- and light-sensing applications. Featuring an integrated Kionix KXTF9 tri-axis accelerometer—which provides static and dynamic acceleration and activity monitoring—the BlueRadios Low-Energy Programmable Universal Button Sensor reference design also includes an ambient light sensor and a temperature sensor.
CSR Shakes up Video Gaming Industry with aptX Low Latency Demo at CES
In what is believed to be the first practical demonstration using Bluetooth to deliver action- synchronised, high-quality audio to a wireless gaming headset, CSR has broken the barrier that has separated the Bluetooth wireless audio and gaming worlds. By overcoming Bluetooth's inherent inability to allow users to play games interactively with synchronised high-quality audio and visual action, the CSR aptX Low Latency codec at the heart of the demonstration is designed to open the door to new markets for Bluetooth technology, making it possible for manufacturers to create "universal" headphones and headsets that can be used both for high-fidelity wireless audio and gaming applications.
New TI Bluetooth low energy software stack, BLE-Stack 1.3
With the increasing popularity and use of single-mode Bluetooth low energy in automotive, home office, medical and health, sports and fitness, and mobile and PC accessories, Texas Instruments released its newest BLE-Stack 1.3 software to support continued development and enhancement of Bluetooth low energy.
connectBlue launch Bluetooth Access Point RBE221s
connectBlue today launched the rugged Bluetooth Access Point RBE221s which provides a reliable and robust Bluetooth connection between the Ethernet based infrastructure and industrial equipment. The new connectBlue Bluetooth Access Point RBE221s is a complete Bluetooth to Ethernet enabler as it connects up to seven Bluetooth devices to the 10/100 Base-T Ethernet network.
CSEM & RivieraWaves unveil world's lowest-power Bluetooth Smart integrated silicon IP solution
An integrated Bluetooth Smart solution combining an ultra-low power radio transceiver with a flexible and fully Bluetooth Smart-qualified low power baseband controller, protocol stack and profiles consumes less than half the power of today's standard solutions, and is now available for licensing.
connectBlue Expands its Bluetooth Low Energy Product Suite
connectBlue, today announced the addition of three new Bluetooth low energy solutions to the company's Bluetooth low energy product suite. The new solutions offer Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy serial communication and consists of the Bluetooth Serial Port Module OBS421, Bluetooth Low Energy Serial Port Module OLS425 and Bluetooth Low Energy Serial Port Module OLS426.
Bluetooth v4.0’s Smart start
Bluetooth v4.0 is fundamentally different to previous versions because it's based on two protocols instead of just one. And that's created some confusion that the Bluetooth Smart branding sets out to address. Svein-Egil Nielsen, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Emerging Technologies & Strategic Partnerships and Member of the board, Bluetooth SIG.
Low-cost Quartz Crystals in Cermaic Housings from PETERMANN-TECHNIK
PETERMANN-TECHNIK has today announced that it now offers LOW-COST MINI-SMD quartz crystals in ceramic housings measuring 3.2 x 2.5 mm and 2.5 x 2.0 mm and at a frequency of 32,000 Mhz, specially designed for Bluetooth Low Energy module CC2540 by Texas Instruments.
Start Bluetooth Low Energy Smartphone App Development In Minutes
Texas Instruments announce the availability of its Bluetooth low energy SensorTag kit. With a downloadable SensorTag App, sample applications, and no required hardware or software expertise, the kit removes the barriers to entry for smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets.
TI expands its CC2560 and CC2564 Bluetooth wireless connectivity portfolio with QFN packages, more module designs and new software
Texas Instruments have announced that its Bluetooth v4.0 technology-based CC2560 and CC2564 wireless devices are now available in easy-to-integrate QFN packages offered by TI and its distribution partners. TI also announced the availability of additional production-ready modules based on the two devices, as well as software and tools. The QFN packages and various modules give customers choice regarding power, size and cost requirements.
Low-Cost Mini-Quartz Crystals for Bluetooth low energy
Petermann-Technik offers the Low-Cost-Mini-SMD quartz crystal in a 3.2 x 2.5 mm ceramic housing with very narrow frequency tolerances. Petermann-Technik offers mini-SMD quartz crystals in 3.2 x 2.5 mm ceramic housings for all manufacturers of Bluetooth low energy chipsets.
Toshiba and Panasonic cooperate on highly integrated Bluetooth module
Toshiba Electronics Europe and Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Europe have announced that they are cooperating on a highly integrated module that will enable users to add Bluetooth connectivity to devices easily and efficiently. Target applications will include industrial, automation, medical, personal sport and fitness equipment.
TI’s BLE-Stack 1.2, next-gen Bluetooth low energy application software
TI have unveiled their latest Bluetooth low energy application software, the BLE-Stack 1.2, based on the Bluetooth v4.0 release. The BLE-Stack 1.2 is designed to further drive Bluetooth Smart and Smart Ready devices such as wearables—a market experiencing large growth as manufacturers take advantage of the increased numbers of Bluetooth v4.0-enabled smartphones and tablets.
Compact ultra low power Bluetooth Low Energy module includes chip antenna
Murata today announced the mass production of the LBCA2ZZVZE Bluetooth Low Energy wireless module that includes a chip antenna and all the Bluetooth protocol stacks required for low-energy communication. Designed for a broad range of consumer electronics the module also benefits from healthcare protocol profiles being included in the stacks.
EM Microelectronic Announces the EM9301, the World’s Lowest Voltage Bluetooth Low Energy Controller
EM Microelectronic announces its Bluetooth smart-qualified controller, the EM9301. Optimized for ultra-low power wireless sensing, remote control and monitoring applications, the EM9301 operates on as little as 0.8V. It can be powered by a wide range of common single-cell batteries or energy harvesters such as solar cells, piezo-electric and electro-magnetic elements.
Fully Qualified Class 2 Bluetooth Module
The RN-42 from Roving Networks is functionally compatible with the RN-41. The primary difference between the RN-42 and RN-41 is that the RN-42 is a Class 2 device, meaning its range is about 50 to 60 feet and correspondingly the power consumption is reduced. The RN-42 is perfect for short range, battery powered applications and by default is ready to use in the SPP configuration. The RN-42 uses only 26uA in sleep mode while still being discoverable and connectable.
Nordic Semiconductor officially launches the world’s first complete Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth Smart) mouse and keyboard reference design to customers
Available now, this new reference designs extends Nordic Semiconductor's Bluetooth low energy (or Bluetooth Smart as Bluetooth low energy will now be marketed to consumers) offering with a complete hardware and software solution for Bluetooth Smart mice and keyboards. The nRFready µBlue Desktop reference design is set to take Bluetooth wireless computer peripherals to the next level by delivering over a year of battery life for a mouse, and up to 10 years for the keyboard.
CEVA Extends Bluetooth Portfolio With Bluetooth 4.0 IP
CEVA, Inc. today announced the availability of its low energy CEVA-Bluetooth 4.0 IP, for both single mode and dual mode applications. Building on more than a decade of experience in designing and licensing Bluetooth technology for embedded applications, CEVA-Bluetooth 4.0 extends the existing CEVA-Bluetooth IP product line, which has shipped in millions of handsets, consumer electronics and automotive products.
connectBlue Releases a Turnkey Bluetooth Low Energy Module
connectBlue launches a new Bluetooth module based on the latest Bluetooth Specification Version 4.0, featuring Bluetooth low energy technology. The Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 offers a unique set of features and functionality that provides customers with a turnkey complete solution. The OLP425 can either be delivered as is with digital and analog GPIOs or complete with battery, temperature sensor, accelerometers, and humidity sensor.
Broadcom Enables up to 10 Year Battery Life for Bluetooth Keyboards
Broadcom Corporation has introduced a new reference design and accompanying software that will dramatically increase battery life for wireless keyboards based on the classic bluetooth basic rate radio. Broadcom's new design, featuring updated firmware and innovative techniques designed to minimize power consumption, will yield a new generation of keyboards and other Human Interface Devices (HIDs) that could operate for the life of the product on a single pair of AA batteries.
BlueRadios and Stonestreet One Deliver Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Low Energy Module
BlueRadios, Inc. and Stonestreet One together introduce BlueBridge BR-LE4.0-D2A, a completely self-contained Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode low energy module which utilizes the Texas Instruments CC2564 base band chip, integrating antenna, radio, MSP430 microcontroller, and fully integrated Bluetopia® software stack into an 11.8x17.6x1.9mm package. In addition, BlueRadios is introducing a pin-for-pin compatible nBlue™ BR-LE4.0-S2A single mode nano ampere network module with the TI CC2540 processor. Both modules are fully compliant with FCC and CE EMC requirements.
austriamicrosystems announces new Active Noise Cancelling ICs for improved hearing in both Bluetooth and wired mono headsets
austriamicrosystems has announced two new additions to its Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) IC family for improved hearing in noisy environments. Both the AS3400 and AS3420 feature the lowest power available, resulting in at least 20% longer battery life than other ANC solutions. They also improve audio performance over competing solutions with a 10 dB positive SNR -- no matter the environment -- improving intelligibility in wired or wireless mono communication headsets.
Qualcomm Atheros Collaborates with Acer to Bring the Latest Bluetooth Technology to the Consumer Laptop Platform
Qualcomm Atheros Inc. have announced its new Bluetooth 4.0 + HS chip solution for laptops and other computing devices. An industry first, the Qualcomm Atheros chip for Bluetooth 4.0 + HS enables laptops to detect and connect wirelessly with Bluetooth low energy (LE) devices such as those for proximity detection and health monitoring.
Bluegiga announces the availability of BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 development kit
Bluegiga Technologies announces the availability of its new Bluetooth 4.0 development kit. The product is designed for development and evaluation of Bluetooth 4.0 single mode applications and to simplify the development of Bluetooth low energy applications in order to shorten development cycles and time-to-market.