During the Bluetooth World trade show, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a Bluetooth Smart module that the company says will provide an end-to-end Bluetooth low energy (BLE) product.
Dubbed the EZ-BLE ProC, the module integrates an ARM Cortex-M0 core of ProC BLE, two crystals, an on-board chip antenna, metal shield and passive components. The module is compliant with the Bluetooth 4.1 specification as well as the wireless regulatory standards in the U.S., Canada, Japan, South Korea and Europe. Cypress says it will be demonstrating the module during Bluetooth World in Santa Clara, Calif.
Targeted at remote controls, health and fitness equipment, home appliances, toys and other wireless applications, Cypress claims that customers can save about $200,000 in development, testing and certification costs by using the module because designers frequently will use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress says the BLE module’s configuration is a royalty-free, GUI-based BLE component that can be dragged and dropped into designs using the Cypress PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE).
The EZ-BLE PRoC module is currently sampling with production slated to begin in May. Cypress is offering a BLE Pioneer Development Kit for $49 to access Cypress BLE devices, while maintaining the design footprint with its PSoC 4 Pioneer kit. The kit includes a USB BLE dongle that pairs with the CySmart master emulation tool, converting a designer’s Windows PC into a BLE debug environment.
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