Laird Connectivity has announced the new BL654 PA (Power Amplified) series which delivers power and range performance in a single Bluetooth solution. Building on the success of the BL654 Series, the BL654 PA provides OEMs with maximum design flexibility and performance.
The BL654 PA is a complete multi-protocol embedded wireless offering with exceptional processing capability and extended PA/LNA support ideal for long- range applications or extremely challenging RF environments.
Powered by the Nordic nRF52840 silicon, the small form factor BL654 PA modules and development kits provide a secure, robust BLE and Cortex-M4F CPU for any OEM’s product design. The BL654 PA provides maximum development flexibility with programming options for a simple, intuitive AT command set, as well as Laird Connectivity's own smartBASIC environment.
smartBASIC is a proven event-driven programming language that makes integration easier for designers, especially those who may be new to Bluetooth wireless technology. The programming language offers built-in functions that replace hundreds of lines of C code and allows designers to leverage Laird Connectivity's years of Bluetooth expertise. It also acts as a bridge between software and hardware, allowing an application to work on any smartBASIC radio.
The BL654 PA series brings out all the nRF52840 hardware features and capabilities including USB access, up to 5.5V supply considerations, and builds additional TX power capabilities via an integrated Skyworks PA. In addition to the stand-out Bluetooth 5 features of enhanced data rates and LE long range, the BL654 PA also integrates BLE mesh capabilities in a high TX power platform, NFC, and Thread (802.15.4).
Jonathan Kaye, Laird Connectivity’s Senior Director of Product Management, said: "The BL654 PA series is unmatched in the industry, providing engineers with secure Bluetooth connectivity and extended range ideal for any industrial IoT application.
"The BL654 PA was designed with our North American industrial customers in mind, enabling further progress to the IoT where the extended range on top of the capabilities of Bluetooth 5 are needed. The adapters and development kits enable OEMs to drive their entire product development from a single, integrated multi-wireless MCU core platform with multiple software development environments.”
The BL654 PA also boasts robust security, industrial temperature rating, a small footprint, and modular FCC, IC, KC, RCM, and Bluetooth SIG approvals, which extend to an OEM’s design with no new testing for the fastest route to production.
Multiple low-cost development kits will be available to simplify application development and provide everything required for initial evaluation right out of the box.