Bluetooth 4.2 module is integrated for high speed, low power operation

Panasonic Industry Europe has introduced the integrated, embedded, dual-mode Bluetooth 4.2 RF module. The PAN1026A delivers high-speed operation at low power consumption, says Panasonic.

The module is based on Toshiba ́s single-chip TC35661 Bluetooth semiconductor device, with an embedded Toshiba Bluetooth SIG-certified stack. There is an integrated embedded SPP (serial port profile of Bluetooth Classic) and a GATT (generic attribute profile of Bluetooth Low Energy) stack.

The PAN1026A module provides all necessary clocks, EEPROM and integrated antenna, to “significantly” reduce external component count and power consumption in applications requiring support of Bluetooth 4.2 standards. The integrated EEPROM has a Panasonic MAC address and it can be used to store link keys.

The PAN1026A is pin- and footprint-compatible with its predecessor, the PAN1026, and also uses the same software development kit for easy upgrades, says Panasonic.

Compared to the PAN1026, the PAN1026A has additional features for secure connections via Bluetooth Low Energy. Next to increased low energy transfer speed, transmission power can also be controlled.

The PAN1026A module is manufactured in a small 15.6 x 8.7 x 1.9mm surface mount package with a shielded case. It is qualified according to the Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.2 standards.

Prototyping and testing can be accelerated by using the PAN1026A evaluation kit (Part Number: ENW89837AUKF). It contains two PAN1026A USB evaluation sticks. The sticks feature a USB to UART converter and allow access to the module pins. They are designed to be used with easy SPP/Bluetooth Low Energy. Also available is a PAN1026AEMK Experimenter Kit (Part Number: ENW89837AWKF). The kit can be used to develop Bluetooth Low Energy applications using the PAN1026A.

The PAN1026A module is certified according to CE RED, FCC, and IC.

Panasonic Industry Europe is part of the Panasonic Group and provides industrial products and services in Europe. As a partner for the industrial sector, Panasonic researches, develops, manufactures and supplies technologies and has a portfolio of electronic components, devices and modules up to production equipment for manufacturing lines across a broad range of industries. Panasonic Industry Europe is part of Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems.

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