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First Samples of Bluetooth Low Energy Single Mode Solution

Tue, 11/24/2009 - 9:22am
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA reveals that it is already shipping to key customers silicon samples and development kits of the first member of its µBlue™ Bluetooth low energy single mode solution, the nRF8001.

While the Bluetooth low energy specification is still under development, Nordic is providing a complete beta implementation, including host and profiles subsystem, enabling its lead customers to begin both hardware and software development of their first single mode Bluetooth low energy applications. Nordic expects to have a feature complete and qualified product shortly after the specification is finalized by the Bluetooth SIG.

Key features of the µBlue nRF8001 include: •Highly integrated single mode slave solution; 㩔-pin 5x5mm QFN package; •Fully embedded radio, link controller, and host subsystem; •Profiles and application examples included within the µBlue SDK™; •Sub 15mA peak current consumption; •Microampere range average current consumption; •Years of battery operating life for coin cell battery-powered applications (depending on duty cycle).

“We are making the nRF8001 silicon samples and Prototype Kits available to seed the market,” says Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Product Manager for Ultra Low Power Wireless at Nordic Semiconductor ASA. “Even though the Bluetooth low energy specification is still under development and some aspect of the product will have to be completed and changed, we have a complete solution that works.

“Most importantly this means that we can provide our lead customers with something that enables them to get started developing end-products,” continues Bonnerud. “We believe that Bluetooth low energy is a great technology that will accelerate the market for ultra low power wireless. Nordic Semiconductor will deliver market leading solution to fuel that growth; the nRF8001 is just the beginning.”

Bluetooth low energy wireless technology will encourage rapid deployment of ultra-low power (ULP) wireless by providing a technology that is interoperable. Moreover, Bluetooth low energy wireless technology-equipped products will be able to communicate with mobile phones and PCs featuring modified Bluetooth wireless technology transceivers opening up a whole new range of possibilities. The technology will operate in the globally accepted 2.4GHz Industrial, Scientific & Medical (ISM) band. It features a physical layer bit rate of 1Mbps over a range up to 15 meters.

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