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Atmel to release new compact, ultra-low power BLE modules

04 Apr 2016

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Atmel Corp. will soon be releasing highly compact, ultra-low power Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity modules designed for space-constrained wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The Atmel SmartConnect XR and ZR modules consume less than 4mA in RX and less than 3mA in TX with 3.6V, and below 1.2µA in sleep mode, increasing battery life by up to 3X longer than other solutions in the market today.

Suitable for small form factor applications, the Atmel SmartConnect BTLC1000-XR and SAMB11-XR modules come in an extremely small 4.5mm x 5.5mm LGA package with 40L, while the BTLC1000-ZR and SAMB11-ZR modules come in a 7.5mm x 10.5mm package with 34-pins and a ground paddle. These new modules are ideal for space-constrained Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including beacons, sensor tags door locks, wearables and more.

No Bluetooth, RF design experience required

All XR and ZR modules integrate the Atmel SmartConnect BTLC1000 solution, an ultra-low power Bluetooth SMART system-on-a-chip (SoC) with an integrated Atmel | SMART ARM Cortex-M0 MCU and Bluetooth transceiver. The cost-effective BTLC1000-XR and SAMB11-XR modules integrate all bill-of-material (BOM) components with the exception of an antenna and an optional 32kHz crystal, greatly enhancing the customers' system assembly yield. The BTLC1000-ZR and SAMB11-ZR modules are fully FCC/CE/IC certified and integrate all BOM components, including a chip antenna with an optional 32kHz crystal. This allows designers with no prior Bluetooth or Radio Frequency (RF) design experience to add BLE connectivity to their designs.

The new modules add to Atmel's existing BLE solutions, giving designers additional options to select from cost-effective, ultra-small modules that require an external antenna, or from fully FCC/CE/IC certified ZR modules with an integrated antenna. Both XR and ZR modules are fully-qualified Bluetooth Smart end products with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (BT SIG).

Atmel's SmartConnect XR and ZR modules can be powered by a number of different battery types, ranging from coin cell, AA and AAA batteries to Lithium polymer batteries, without the need for external power management circuitry. The modules integrate an innovative Bluetooth Low Energy radio and DSP architecture that deliver low-power consumption along with high performance, and provide a cost-effective solution for many Bluetooth Smart-based applications by integrating an ARM Cortex-M0-based application processor.

The Atmel SmartConnect XR and ZR modules will be commercially available in May 2016.




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