Clarinox Technologies has announced the release of Jannal Intelligent Design Environment, which enables engineers with little RF experience to quickly create and test Bluetooth and Wi-Fi embedded systems for hardware and Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) combinations.
Microchip Technology introduced the new PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, which enables custom application development on the PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) for Bluetooth and USB digital audio solutions. The Microchip development kit includes an interface for use for iPod and iPhone products, and enables expansion to support these devices. The Microchip PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (part # DV320032) is available now for $199.99. The kit is ideal for developers who want to add high-quality wireless audio to their design.
Laird introduced the BT800 Series of dual-mode Bluetooth v4.0 modules. The BT800 Series modules are ideal for AIDC devices, such as handheld computers and barcode scanners, medical devices, ePOS terminals, and industrial cable replacement. The high performance Class 1 Bluetooth 800 Series modules, along with associated development kits, are available now in mass-production quantities.
Radicom Research introduced the RB510 Embedded Bluetooth Modules for OEM’s. The RB510 series Bluetooth audio module features an embedded DSP core, stereo CODEC, flash and antenna. The chip is available now. Prices start at $13 each (in quantity of 1,000). The Radicom RB510 modules are ideal for high quality Bluetooth headset designs and other mono and stereo audio applications.
Radicom Research introduced the RB4000 and RB4000HM Bluetooth modules. The new Radicom modules replace RS232 cable by providing short-range wireless data connectivity. The RB4000 (surface-mount PCB module with on-board antenna), RB4000HM (through-hole module), and RB4000HM-c (built-in U.FL connector) Bluetooth modules are available now. Prices start at US$9.00 for the RB4000 in quantities of 500 pieces.
Texas Instruments introduced the OpenLink open source Wi-Fi and Bluetooth daughter card for AM18x evaluation modules (EVMs). The standalone WiLink 6.0 daughter card is a combo wireless connectivity add-on card. It is based on the LS Research TiWi module with Texas Instruments WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) solution. The standalone daughter card is available for $249. The production-ready WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) OpenLink module is bundled in the AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit, which is priced at $1,150.
Microchip Technology introduced their Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, which is 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). The kit features Microchip Bluetooth PICtail Plus Daughter Board, 16-bit USB PIC24FJ256GB110 and 32-bit CAN/USB PIC32MX795F512L Microcontroller Plug-in Modules, and CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth demonstration stack and SPP profile. The Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit (part # DM183036) is available now for $109.99.
e-con Systems announced the e-WiB Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. The e-WiB is based on the Marvell 88W8688 (Marvell 8688), which features 802.11b/g and Bluetooth class 2.1 EDR. The Wi-Fi Bluetooth add-on module is designed as single antenna for WiFi and Bluetooth. e-WiB features SDIO/SPI interface for Wi-Fi and UART/SDIO interface for Bluetooth. The small size and low profile physical design makes it easy for system design to add wireless connectivity. The e-WiB module is available with Windows CE 6.0 R3 support.
The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U ICs, from STMicroelectronics, enable designers to connect an antenna to a Bluetooth transceiver using a single chip. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are integrated baluns, used to convert the antenna signal to a balanced pair of signals as required by the Bluetooth transceiver. The new devices occupy up to 70% less printed-circuit-board area, simplify design and assembly, and ensure better balanced signal channels with low losses. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are in production now, in 4-bump flip-chip packages, priced at $0.25 for a minimum order of 5000 pieces.
The BTM410/411 and BTM420/421 Bluetooth radio modules, from Laird Technologies, are designed for data applications and are fully integrated, sub-miniature Bluetooth data-oriented modules. The Bluetooth modules feature a full Bluetooth stack, Serial Port Profile (SPP) support, UART interface, and a comprehensive AT command set to allow an easy interface to a host processor. It is the fastest method of adding a Bluetooth wireless data link to an embedded system with wireless connection.