Delivering more available memory, Bluetooth 5-ready hardware, automotive qualification and a small WCSP (Wafer-Chip-Scale Package) option, Texas Instruments has announced two devices in its scalable SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy wireless MCU family.
The devices continue to feature advanced integration including a complete single-chip hardware and unified software solution with an ARM Cortex-M3 based MCU, automatic power management, highly flexible full-featured Bluetooth-compliant radio and a low-power sensor controller.
These additions – along with more processing power, more security and even more memory coming later in 2017 – will allow developers to quickly and easily reuse their project across pin- and code-compatible low-power CC264x wireless MCUs as application demands grow and change. The scalable SimpleLink CC264x wireless MCU family will enable product optimisations based on size, system cost and application requirements rather than using a one-size fits all solution. Additionally, the CC264x family is supported by a unified software and application development environment, royalty-free BLE-Stack software, Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE), system software and interactive training materials.
Get ready for Bluetooth 5
Bluetooth 5 is coming with longer range, higher speeds and increased broadcasting capacity, making it a great wireless RF protocol for low-power, mobile personal networks and remote controls as well as longer-range building and IoT networks. The SimpleLink CC2640R2F wireless MCUs’ highly flexible radio fully supports these new Bluetooth 5 specifications and the accompanying software stacks will be available in the first half of 2017, making it among the first devices in mass production with Bluetooth 5 capability.
Built upon the CC2640R2F wireless MCU, which offers the longest range with the lowest power, the CC2640R2F-Q1 wireless MCU brings best-in-class RF to the automotive market. For car access and emerging applications such as assisted parking, car sharing and in-car cable replacement, the AEC-Q100-qualified device will support Bluetooth 5 in second half of 2017.