Bluetooth Smart/LE module for drop-in connectivity, in distribution

June 23, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14 has Panasonic's PAN1740 next-generation Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module enabling low-energy wireless connectivity.

This module is positioned by Panasonic as offering a reduced form factor, significantly lower power consumption and embedded Software Stack. A single-mode configuration, the Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip module is optimised for low power, small size and low system cost products, making it suitable for smart watches, fitness trackers, smartphone accessories, medical monitors (such as heart rate monitors and glucose meters) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The BLE achieves its low power consumption primarily by keeping its radio turned off for a large proportion of time. BLE also sets up connections very quickly, which further minimises the radio?s on-time. BLE can transmit authenticated data in as little as 3 msec, versus the 1000 msec typical for Bluetooth Classic.

Priced from £11.82 (UK Pounds or equivalent) (single piece/low volume price), the PAN1740 comes in a 9.0 x 9.5 x 1.8 mm SMD package with shielded case and chip antenna and reduces the external component count and development effort. Its industrial temperature ranges spans -40°C to 85°C.

Power consumption of 4.9mA in Tx and Rx mode makes the use of coin cell batteries viable or reduces the needed battery capacity and cost of existing solution by at least 50%. It meets Bluetooth 4.0 standard, while FCC, IC and CE approvals are under preparation.

The module comes with a complete software development platform, including a qualified Bluetooth Smart single-mode stack to be programmed on-chip. Bluetooth Smart profiles for consumer wellness, sport, fitness, security and proximity applications are supplied as standard, while the facilities are present to develop additional customer profiles as needed.

Farnell element14; www.premierfarnell.com