Atmel launches low-power Bluetooth Smart platform

January 19, 2015

Toni_McConnel-January 19, 2015

Atmel Corporation has unveiled the BTLC1000, an ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart solution achieving sub-1µA in standby mode, while delivering what the company claims is the industry’s best dynamic power consumption, increasing battery life by as much as one year for some applications.

The BTLC1000 pushes the limits of space constrained areas with its 2.1mm X 2.1mm Wafer Level Chipscale Package (WLCSP), targeted for the rapidly growing IoT and wearables markets, including portable medical, activity trackers, human Interface devices, gaming controllers, beacons and much more.

Expanding the Atmel SmartConnect wireless portfolio, the BTLC1000 is a Bluetooth Smart link controller integrated circuit that connects as a companion to any Atmel AVR or Atmel | SMART MCU through a UART or SPI API requiring minimal resource on the host side. The standalone Atmel | SMART SAM B01 Bluetooth Smart Flash MCU leverages the embedded ARM Cortex M0 core combined with the integrated analog and communication peripherals to implement application-specific functionalities and is available as a system-in-package or a certified module. Both devices are fully integrated with a self-contained Bluetooth Smart controller and stack enabling wireless connectivity for a variety of applications to be quickly implemented without the wireless expertise typically required.

Bluetooth Smart devices are a new breed of Bluetooth 4.1 peripherals with only a single Bluetooth 4.1 radio connecting only to Bluetooth Smart Ready devices. Bluetooth Smart is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology that works with an application on the smartphone or tablet you already own. The cost-effective Bluetooth Smart technology can easily give developers and OEMs the flexibility to create solutions that will work with the billions of Bluetooth-enabled products already in the market today, and is supported by every major operating system. The technology brings every day devices such as toothbrushes, heart-rate monitors, fitness devices and more to be connected, communicating through applications that reside in Bluetooth Smart compatible smartphones, tablets or other similar devices already owned by consumers.

General samples will be available in March 2015.

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