Avnet offers next-gen Panasonic “NanoPower” Bluetooth Low Energy module - Embedded.com

Avnet offers next-gen Panasonic “NanoPower” Bluetooth Low Energy module

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, announces the availability of the PAN1740 is a next-generation Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module with reduced form factor, significantly lower power consumption, embedded BLE stack and profile from Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America.

The PAN1740 is a single mode Bluetooth system-on-chip module and is optimized for low power and small size. The power consumption of only 5mA in Tx or Rx mode allows the use of coin cell batteries and decreases battery requirements up to 50 percent when compared to current generation BLE devices. The 9.0 x 9.5 x 1.8 mm footprint with a fully shielded case and integrated crystal oscillators and chip antenna is one of the smallest BLE footprints available. The PAN1740 is qualified to Bluetooth 4.0 standard – FCC, IC, CE certifications are pending.

BLE is designed for applications requiring wireless communication devices that have been optimized for low power consumption rather than maximum data transfer rates. It consumes as little as one-hundredth the average power required by Bluetooth Classic (BLE’s peak current draw is as low as 15mA, compared to Bluetooth Classic’s standard rate of 40mA.) Depending on the application and level of current consumption, BLE can run on a single coin-cell battery for months or even years. A white paper on Bluetooth Low Energy is available here.

Features of the “NanoPower” Panasonic Single Mode Bluetooth Low Energy Module include:

  • Tx current @ 0dBm: 5mA
  • Place and play
  • Autonomous, Stand Alone Operation
  • Small Footprint: 9 x 9.5 x 1.9 mm High sensitivity (-93 dBm typ.)
  • Tx power control up to a maximum of 0 dBm
  • Bluetooth Smart module
  • Embedded BLE stack and GATT profile
  • Industrial Temperature Range: -40 / 85° C
  • Two internal crystal oscillators
  • Integrated shielding to resist EMI

Avnet is taking pre-orders for the Panasonic PAN1740 “NanoPower” now. Prototype quantities will be available at the end of March, with production quantities available in mid-April.

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