Murata has begun shipping the latest version of its LBMA series Bluetooth module, which at 3.5 by 3.5 by 1.0 mm is the smallest in the world, 30% smaller than Murata's previous version. Additionally, in the ten years since initiating mass production of the original LBMA series in March 2000, Murata has produced in excess of 500 million units, the highest cumulative production volume of Bluetooth® modules in the world. The original LBMA Bluetooth module was 14 x 10 mm, so today's version represents a 90% reduction in footprint in the last 10 years.
With an approximately 90% share of the worldwide mobile phone Bluetooth® module market, Murata leads the world in the production of Bluetooth® modules, initiating the first successful mass production of Bluetooth® modules aimed at the European mobile phone market in March 2000. This latest version of Murata's Bluetooth module technology has been produced to respond to the market's demand for smaller products, using the company's proprietary ceramic substrate, high frequency design/evaluation technologies, and miniaturisation expertise.
The Bluetooth module shipping today, part number LBMA43PQN, achieves high performance and high reliability through advanced high frequency design technology, plus excellent EMI resistance through the use of Murata's original packaging technology. The module uses Bluetooth Ver2.1+EDR, with sensitivity of -79dBm, output power 0dBm (class 2) and requires a supply voltage of 3.3V. The LBMA series is suitable for mobile phones, portable media players, digital photo frames and other mobile internet devices.