Growing demand for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices has led Alpha Micro Components to extend its product portfolio with the addition of Laird Technologies’ new Bluetooth v4.0 Dual-Mode Modules. The new series offer dual-mode, or Bluetooth Smart Ready support, enabling connections to devices that support BLE and Classic (pre-v4.0) Bluetooth.
“Most importantly they are small enough to fit into compact handheld Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) devices where power consumption is critical, such as handheld computers and barcode scanners, medical devices, ePOS terminals and industrial cable replacement”, said Christos Papakyriacou, Managing Director, Alpha Micro Components.
Offering traditional Bluetooth functionality in a single small form factor module, the high performance Class 1 Bluetooth 800 Series modules, along with associated development kits, are available now in mass-production quantities from Alpha Micro.
The Laird BT800 Series modules are suitable for applications where designers require performance in a small size. With a footprint of just 8.5 x 13 mm and output power at 8 dBm, the BT800 Series module is capable of adding robust, long-range Bluetooth data connectivity to any device that has its own Bluetooth software stack. The series also features HID (Human Interface Device) Proxy Mode, enabling out-of-the box HID connectivity for devices such as a keyboard and mouse. For maximum flexibility in systems integration, the modules are designed to support a full speed USB interface plus GPIO and additionally I2S and PCM audio interfaces. All BT800 Series modules present a Bluetooth standard HCI interface and have native support for a wide range of Windows and Linux Bluetooth software stacks.