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STMicroelectronics New Qualified Bluetooth® Low Energy Application Processor Module

The SPBTLE-1S is already approved for use in North America and EU markets

To help product innovators streamline prototyping and development of connected smart objects, STMicroelectronics has created the SPBTLE-1S ready-to-use Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) module that integrates all the components needed to complete the radio subsystem. The new BLE module integrates ST’s proven BlueNRG-1 application-processor System-on-Chip (SoC) and balun, high-frequency oscillators, and a chip antenna among others.

Click for Larger Image - STMicroelectronics Release New Qualified Bluetooth® Low Energy Application Processor Module Developers can use this module to bypass hardware-design and RF-circuit layout challenges. The SPBTLE-1S is BQE[1]-approved, and FCC, IC, and CE-RED (Radio Equipment Directive) certified to simplify end-product approval for North America and EU markets. ST’s Bluetooth 4.2 certified BLE protocol stack is included, and the supporting Software-Development Kit (SDK) contains a wide range of Bluetooth profiles and sample application code.

Coming in a space-efficient 11.5mm x 13.5mm outline, and with a wide supply-voltage range of 1.7V-3.6V, the SPBTLE-1S module is ideal for small, battery-operated objects powered by various types of sources such as a primary button cell or rechargeable Li-ion battery. High RF output power of +5dBm and good receiver sensitivity help to maximize communication range and reliability.

The BlueNRG-1 SoC at the heart of the SPBTLE-1S implements the complete BLE physical layer (PHY), link layer, and network/application-processing engine comprising a low-power ARM® Cortex®-M0 core with 160KB Flash, 24KB RAM with data retention, and a security co-processor. The SoC also implements smart power management, with a DC/DC converter capable of powering the SPBTLE-1S module to ensure optimum energy efficiency. Users can leverage an extensive set of interfaces, including a UART, two I²C ports, SPI port, single-wire debug, and 14 GPIOs, as well as peripherals including two multifunction timers, a 10-bit ADC, watchdog timer and real-time clock, a DMA controller, and a PDM stream processor interface, which is ideal for developing voice-controlled applications.

Features of the SPBTLE-1S Bluetooth® Low Energy Module

  • Bluetooth v4.2 compliant
    • Supports master and slave modes
    • Multiple roles supported simultaneously
  • High performance, ultra-low power Cortex-M0 32-bit based architecture core
  • Programmable embedded 160 kB Flash
  • 24 kB embedded RAM with data retention
  • Interfaces
    • 1 x UART
    • 1 x I²C
    • 1 x SPI
    • 14 x GPIO
    • 2 x multifunction timer
    • 10-bit ADC
    • Watchdog and RTC
    • DMA controller
    • PDM stream processor
    • SWD debug interface
  • Bluetooth radio performance:
    • Max. Tx power: + 4 dBm
    • Excellent link reliability
  • On-board chip antenna
  • Small Form Factor: 11.5 mm x 13.5mm
  • Complemented with Bluetooth low energy protocol stack library (GAP, GATT, SM, L2CAP, LL)
  • AES security co-processor
  • Bluetooth low energy SDK with wide range of profile available
  • Certificates:
    • EU (RED) type certificate
    • FCC, IC modular approval certification
    • SRRC Chinese certification
    • BT SIG end product QDID
  • Pre-programmed UART bootloader
  • Operating supply voltage: from 1.7 to 3.6 V
  • Operating temperature range: -40 °C to 85 °C

For more information on the SPBTLE-1S Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module, visit the ST Website at STMicroelectronics SPBTLE-1S webpage

[1] BQE. Bluetooth Qualification Expert: a member of the Bluetooth SIG qualified to verify product compliance and able to provide compliance-related services. BQE approval gives exemption from the random audit requirement of the Qualification Enforcement Program.

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[Reprinted with kind permission from STMicroelectronics - Release Date 6th September, 2017]