Bluetooth & NFC module for enterprise IoT development

January 25, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Alpha Micro Components (Basingstoke, UK) has added a secure, certified Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v4.2 and Near Field Communication (NFC) module, the Laird BL652. The module offers Bluetooth v4.2 support with hardware ready for Bluetooth 5.


The small-footprint stand-alone module has multiple interfaces and an easy-to-use application development environment for integration of secure connectivity into Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) devices without impacting power budgets or space limitations. The BL652 already features hardware ready to add the speed and range increases promised by Bluetooth 5.


Modules in the BL652 series are based around the ARM Cortex-M4F-based Nordic nRF52. This Bluetooth Low Energy core that allows host-free operation, for low-power, maintenance-free applications, such as EIoT devices in industrial or commercial applications, medical devices, sensors, and beacons. The module has an industrial temperature rating from -40 up to 85° C.


Laird’s smartBASIC programming language or Nordic’s native nRF52 Software Development Kit (SDK) are available. Laird's smartBASIC environment, that includes an actively expanding library of application scripts, provides features for most applications while claiming ease-of-use, even for first-time Bluetooth Low Energy developers. To help reduce development time, applications for other modules in the BL600 series can be seamlessly ported to the BL652. The development kit features Arduino shield connectors and support for multiple external sensors.


Configurable interfaces include UART, I ²C, GPIO, SPI, ADC, PWM, and FREQ, as well as NFC. There are also options for either an on-module antenna or an external antenna via an IPEX MHF4 connector. Provision for modular CE, FCC, IC, MIC and Bluetooth SIG approvals that cover multiple antenna listings can help speed time to production by allowing adaptation and extension of existing designs without requiring additional testing.


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