Bluetooth Smart SoC now in volume production

January 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Claiming it as the world’s smallest and lowest power device in its class, Dialog’ SmartBond Bluetooth v4.0 Smart SoC, targeting wearable, sport & fitness, medical and computing applications is now qualified and available for design-in, the company has announced.

The DA14580 SmartBond SoC, more than doubles the battery life of an application-enabled smartphone accessory, wearable device or computer peripheral in comparison to competing solutions on the market. In combination with a variety of analogue and digital interfaces and including an embedded ARM Cortex M0 processor, the DA14580 has the lowest power available with less than 15 mW active, 600 nA standby current, and with the smallest package sized at 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 mm, is half the size of competing solutions.

It has now passed the Bluetooth Qualification process. Customers can now design with this device fully confident in the knowledge that it passes the requirements of the Bluetooth v4.0 specification, which ensures interoperability. The DA14580 is now officially listed on the Bluetooth SIG site as a certified Bluetooth controller subsystem and host. The Qualified Design ID (QDID) is used by end customers as part of their product listing when putting a product on the market. The qualification allows Dialog customers to use Dialog’s QDID status to simplify their own qualification process.


SmartBond is designed to enable consumers to use innovative new apps on their smartphones and tablets that can easily connect with watches, fitness-bands and monitors, medical, sporting remote control, computer peripherals and other applications. Dialog has worked with a number of module manufacturers including Panasonic Industrial Devices Europe to develop tiny modules allowing product designers with little RF expertise to rapidly create unique Bluetooth Smart applications. Panasonic selected the DA14580 for its next-generation Bluetooth Smart modules, which are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2014.

A complete development kit which enables quick and easy product development is available at the Dialog website. The DA14580 is also delivered with SmartSnippets, a comprehensive tool suite which integrates a fully qualified Bluetooth Smart single mode stack supporting both master and slave roles.