Alpha Micro meets growing demand for Bluetooth low energy devices with launch of Laird Technologies’ Bluetooth v4.0 Dual-Mode Modules

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“The BT800 is 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.”

Growing demand for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices has prompted 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 classic 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.

"With Class 1 range and dual-mode support, our new BT800 series modules are the right choice for OS backed devices that need a cost-effective, high-performance solution for connecting to Bluetooth devices, old and new," said Laird Product Manager Jonathan Kaye. "A packaged Laird USB dongle option is also available for greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness in serving a variety of additional applications."

The Laird BT800 Series modules are ideal for applications where designers require maximum performance in a small size. With a tiny footprint (8.5 x 13 mm), yet output power at 8 dBm, a BT800 Series module is perfect for 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.

"Laird eases integration and speeds time to market by providing a low-cost developer's kit, full certifications, quick and responsive global support, and a strong global supply chain of distributors with development kits always in stock," added Kaye. Its BL600 Series modules, which made their debut in April of this year, offer a simple way to add single-mode BLE, or Bluetooth Smart ™, to small, portable, power-conscious devices. "Our BL600 series modules are the right choice for a broad range of sensors and devices that need Bluetooth Smart," said Kaye. "The BT800 series modules now add Bluetooth Smart Ready™, enabling connections to both Bluetooth Smart™ devices and Classic Bluetooth devices."

 

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Last updated: 12 November 2013