BL620-US - Bluetooth BLE USB dongle featuring smartBASIC and Central Mode connectivity

The BL620-US USB Dongle has been developed to take advantage of the BL620 module, providing the ability to add BLE Central Mode capabilities to Windows operating systems supporting a USB interface and virtual COM port.

The BL620-US USB Dongle has been developed to take advantage of the BL620 module, providing the ability to add BLE Central Mode capabilities to Windows operating systems supporting a USB interface and virtual COM port. The control and configuration is via a standard virtual COM port and smartBASIC. The dongle provides the ability to load smartBASIC applications over the air (OTA) to a BL600 peripheral mode module.

The BL620 makes it easy to add single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), also known as Bluetooth Smart™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices, including those powered by AAA or coin cell batteries.

The unique feature of this module is smartBASIC, an event-driven programming language that enables standalone operation of the module. smartBASIC on BL620 enables wireless connections to peripheral devices that are in turn connected to sensors so that the data can be collected via GATT operations. smartBASIC has been proven to speed time to market and significantly simplifies BLE integration for embedded devices.

Based on the award winning Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 chipset, BL620 modules provide exceptionally low power consumption with outstanding wireless range, all within a compact footprint of 19 mm x 12.5 mm. The modules incorporate all the hardware and firmware required to support development of BLE Central mode applications, including:

  • Radio hardware
  • UART, SPI, I2C, ADC, and GPIO interfaces for connecting peripherals and sensors
  • A complete BLE software stack
  • Central role functionality with GATT client and server - Ability to connect up to four simultaneous connections
  • Custom Services to suit any application's needs
  • Series addition of a packaged USB Dongle - BL620-US

In addition to carrying FCC modular, IC, MIC, and CE approvals, BL620 modules are fully qualified as a Bluetooth End Products, enabling designers to integrate the modules in devices without the need for further Bluetooth Qualification testing.

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Feature Specification
Wireless
Bluetooth V4.0 - Central Mode
Frequency 2.402 - 2.480GHz
Max Tx Power

+4dBm

Connections
Antenna Internal antenna
Connector USB
Physical
Dimensions

64mm(L) x 20mm(W) x 10.6mm(D)

Environmental
Operating Temperature

-25°C to +75°C (when powered at 1.8V)

-40°C to +85°C (when powered at 3.3V ± 10%)

Storage Temperature -40°C to +85°C
Miscellaneous
Lead free Lead-free and RoHS compliant
Approvals
Bluetooth End Product Listing (EPL) Approved
FCC/IC & CE

All BL620 series

RoHS

Lead-free and RoHS compliant

Part No.
Description
Pack Sizes
BL620-US-xx Packaged BL620 USB Dongle Each
BL620-SA-xx
BLE Module featuring smartBASIC (internal antenna)

Packs of 50

BL600-SC-xx
BLE Module featuring smartBASIC (IPEX MHF4 antenna connector)
Packs of 5
BL600-ST-xx BLE Module featuring smartBASIC (trace pin)
Each
DVK-BL600-SA-xx Bluetooth development Kit for BL600-SA Each
DVK-BL600-SC-xx Bluetooth development Kit for BL600-SC Each
DVK-BL600-ST-xx Bluetooth development Kit for BL600-ST Each

xx - Current firmware version at time of ordering

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Last updated: 31 August 2016