Certified, small-form-factor Bluetooth Smart module from Cypress

April 15, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The EZ-BLE PRoC Module is claimed to be the only such offering that provides an end-to-end Bluetooth Low Energy solution. Based on Cypress’s PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution it includes Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification, simplifying design and cutting time to market.

The module integrates the programmability and ARM Cortex-M0 core of PRoC BLE, two crystals, an on-board chip antenna, metal shield and passive components, all in a 10 x 10 x 1.8-mm form factor. Users designing with the module can apply to add the Bluetooth logo on their products by referring to Cypress’s Qualification Design Identification (QDID) 67366, a unique serial number assigned by the Bluetooth SIG. The module is compliant to wireless regulatory standards in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea and Europe. The can save, Cypress estimates, approximately $200,000 in development, testing and certification costs.

Designers looking to create Bluetooth Smart products must often use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress has abstracted the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a royalty-free, GUI-based BLE component that can be dragged and dropped into designs using Cypress’s PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE). PSoC Creator enables complete system design in a single tool.

Application details for Cypress’s BLE Component are embedded in PSoC Creator with examples of all supported Bluetooth Low Energy profiles and hundreds of example projects for mixed-signal system designs. The $49 BLE Pioneer Development Kit gives users access to the Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy devices, while maintaining the design footprint from the popular PSoC 4 Pioneer kit. The development kit includes a USB Bluetooth Low Energy dongle that pairs with the CySmart master emulation tool, converting a designer’s Windows PC into a Bluetooth Low Energy debug environment. The EZ-BLE PRoC module can be evaluated with the EZ-BLE PRoC Module Evaluation Board, which plugs into the BLE Pioneer Development Kit.

The EZ-BLE PRoC module is currently sampling with production expected in May 2015. The module is available in a 21-pad SMT that includes the shield and is ideal for space-constrained applications.

Cypress Semiconductor; www.cypress.com