Microchip adds Bluetooth module for streaming audio

Microchip has expanded its wireless product portfolio with a certified Bluetooth Audio Module that supports audio for voice and music. The RN52 module provides low power consumption in a small, surface-mount form factor and includes standard Bluetooth audio and data profiles for all smart-phone platforms.

These features make it easier for designers to add high-quality wireless audio, combined with data capabilities, into a broad range of applications, such as wireless stereo speakers, headphones, automotive hands-free, medical devices and computer accessories.

The advantages of wireless technology, together with the rapidly expanding smartphone and tablet markets, are driving the demand for Bluetooth wireless audio accessories. The RN52 module, which is based on technology acquired from Roving Networks, has the Bluetooth stack on board.

Integrating the stack on the module provides a simple-to-use and robust design model that works with any microprocessor or microcontroller means that designers are able to get their accessories to market more quickly. The RN52’s embedded Bluetooth stack includes the popular SPP, A2DP, HFP/HSP and AVRCP profiles, as well as the iAP for use with iPhone and iPod. In addition, it supports a variety of audio codecs, such as SBC, aptX, AAC and MP3.

To make designing RN52-based Bluetooth accessories even more straightforward Microchip is also introducing the Bluetooth Audio Evaluation Kit – part number RN-52-EK.



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