The new PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit from Microchip boasts a PIC32 microcontroller (MCU), HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output multi-color LED, 3 standard single-color LEDs, an analog 3-axis accelerometer, analog temperature sensor, and 5 push buttons for user-defined inputs. The kit also includes a PICkit On Board (PKOB) which eliminates the need for an external debugger/programmer, USB connectivity and GPIOs for rapid development of Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP), USB, and general-purpose applications.
The starter kit also features a plug-in interface for an audio CODEC daughter card which is set to release at a later stage to support Bluetooth audio and includes a PIC32MX270F256D MCU for main processing that runs at 83 DMIPS with 256 KB Flash and 64 KB RAM with a rich feature set including USB, I2S/SPI, mTouch capacitive touch sensing and an 8-bit Parallel Master Port.
The kit reduces software development time by offering a free Bluetooth SPP stack optimized for the on-board PIC32 MCU for setting up emulated serial port connections between two peer Bluetooth devices.
The Bluetooth Starter Kit is targeted for low-cost applications in the consumer markets, such as Bluetooth thermostats and wireless gaming controllers. In the medical and industrial markets, applications include blood glucose meters, wireless diagnostic tools, Bluetooth GPS receivers, Bluetooth serial adapters and cordless barcode scanners.