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ConnectBlue Bluetooth Dual-mode System-on-Module is compact and customisable

M2M Connectivity introduces the new System-on-Module OBP421 in a compact and customisable design for use in industrial, medical and Internet of Things applications.

The Bluetooth Dual-mode (Bluetooth Smart Ready) System-on-Module OBP421 from connectBlue is a compact and fully customisable module particularly suitable in industrial, medical and Internet of Things (IoT) applications where Bluetooth dual-mode capability, quick time-to-market and cost efficiency are important factors.

The Bluetooth Dual-mode System-on-Module OBP421 helps achieve full control of all system resources in one compact solution.

Being Bluetooth Smart Ready, the OBP421 will enable the user to create, compile and link real C code embedded applications with the ability to access any connected Bluetooth smart sensor using the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT).

Examples of customer specific embedded application software written in C include protocol conversion, data logging, scaling and filtering of digital and analogue I/O signals, HMI functionality, CAN-bus connectivity, and intelligent (I2C/SPI) sensor connectivity.

The standard Bluetooth Serial Port Module OBS421, which has already been proven in use in demanding applications, was recently equipped with an even more powerful microcontroller unit (MCU), laying the foundation for the OBP421 launch.

This ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit RISC core operates at a 72 MHz frequency with high-speed embedded memories consisting of Flash memory up to 384 kB and SRAM up to 64 kB. The microcontroller offers an extensive range of enhanced I/Os, peripherals, 12-bit ADCs, general-purpose 16-bit timers, PWM timers, as well as standard and advanced communication interfaces such as I2C, SPI, USART, and CAN.

connectBlue CEO Rolf Nilsson explains that the powerful microcontroller enables the OBP421 module to be used as a complete host CPU replacement. The customer can thus use the OBP421 for the entire system’s needs, benefitting from the design, testing and type approvals already implemented in the OBP421. Thereby, the customer gets a compact system design on proven hardware with full application flexibility, gaining greatly on time-to-market and cost efficiency.

Customers that have already purchased the Bluetooth Serial Port Module OBS421 can get the Bluetooth System-on-Module OBP421 functionality by purchasing a Starter Kit for the application software implementation and sign a royalty-free software licensing agreement.

The Bluetooth Dual-mode System-on-Module OBP421 is a Bluetooth v4.0 module with 300m wireless range, GATT support for Bluetooth Smart, Android support and iOS support (Bluetooth low energy only). Each module is individually tested during production and the OBP421 is radio type approved for USA (FCC Part 15), Europe (ETSI R&TTE), Japan (MIC – formerly TELEC) and Canada (IC RSS). The OBP421 is also compliant with EMC, Safety and Medical standards, and Bluetooth qualified. The module has an embedded Bluetooth dual-mode stack (SPP, DUN profiles and connectBlue Low Energy Serial Port Service) as well as a temperature range of -30°C to +85°C.

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