National Semiconductor (distributed by Arrow Electronics ) and partner RTX have unveiled the first in a series of new modules to ease Bluetooth system design.
Dubbed Simply Blue, the first module in the family is the LMX 9820 serial port module, which enables Bluetooth data connectivity via a UART serial port to support applications such as access points, digital cameras, set top boxes, printers and scanners.
Additional modules in the family will be introduced throughout 2003.
All Simply Blue products include an embedded Bluetooth protocol stack, application-specific profiles and a high-level command interpreter.
With a footprint of 10.1 x 14.0 x 1.9 mm, the modules are compliant with Bluetooth v1.1 specification, and include metal can shielding and radio front-end filtering for immunity to close proximity radio noise that is a common issue in most current portable wireless devices.
The modules also include non-volatile memory to support all Bluetooth wireless parameter storage needs, as well as firmware upgrades in the field, and come with comprehensive development support tools, which include demo boards, example source code and technical support documentation, according to National Semiconductor wireless division product marketing manager James Benefer.
“Because each device contains the entire Bluetooth protocol stack and comes as a Bluetooth pre-certified module, National’s Simply Blue products significantly reduce the design complexity and cost-of-adoption associated with implementing Bluetooth in new consumer products,” Benefer added.