Bluetooth wireless module suits IoT gateway applications

8th September 2015
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Bluetooth wireless module suits IoT gateway applications

The BL620 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless module from Laird is in stock at Alpha Micro. The module features enhanced firmware that provides Bluetooth Central mode connectivity. It makes the task of provisioning BLE connectivity to a host of compact battery powered devices very straightforward. These designs might only be powered by ‘AAA’ or coin-cell batteries so the extremely low power consumption profile of the BL620 makes it ideal for these applications.

Like the rest of the BL6xx series, the module can be quickly programmed for use in stand-alone applications with the smartBASIC event-driven programming language that greatly simplifies BLE development.

The Central mode function allows the BL620 to operate as a gateway device, receiving data from another BLE device such as a sensor and then forward it on to a cloud-based service. Central mode devices might typically be used within a smartphone, tablet or a home gateway unit.

Applications running on a central mode device can perform a number of features not available when running in the BLE Peripheral mode.

These include updating or triggering web services and opening a URL. Central mode also added GATT client and server services with the ability to have four simultaneous connections.

Measuring just 19 x 12.5 x 3 mm the ultra compact BL620 module consumes 3.5 uA in idle mode and up at 10.5 mA when transmitting at 0 dBM. Maximum transmit power is 4 dBM and the receiver sensitivity is typically -91 dbM. Peripheral support includes UART, SPI, I2C together with an ADC and 28 GPIO pins.

The module supports the Bluetooth application profiles including those of Heart Rate Service, Health Thermometer and Blood Pressure Service.

The BL620 is certified to all relevant international safety and wireless standards.

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