Panasonic’s Bluetooth dual mode, place and play RF module, the PAN1026 features an embedded ARM processor, Bluetooth 4.0, serial port profile (SPP), command set API and integrated antenna. This cost-engineered solution is based on a single chip solution that integrates an ARM processor with a Bluetooth controller. Bluetooth 4.0 combines the data rate of Bluetooth Classic (3Mb/s) and ultra-fast connection time of Bluetooth Low Energy (3mS). Bluetooth Low Energy is designed to create low data rate networks using a minimum amount of power. The embedded serial port profile (SPP) frees application resources while the command set API creates a simple but flexible firmware interface. An onboard antenna does away with 2.4GHz RF circuit complexity.
Created with the design engineer in mind, product design cycles are greatly reduced using Panasonic’s free of charge reference design and design review services1. PCB layouts are simplified using available Gerber files and minimized with Panasonic’s tiny footprint technology. The module is just 15.6mm x 8.7mm x 1.9mm and fully shielded to improve immunity. All Panasonic Bluetooth RF modules carry FCC, IC, CE and Bluetooth certifications.
The PAN1026 recognizes Apple’s authentication coprocessor and supports Bluetooth communication2 with Apple’s iPhone and iPad®. Connectivity also includes Android, smart phones and all Bluetooth enabled devices3.
Prototyping and testing are accelerated by utilizing the EVAL_PAN1026 development kit and EasyDualMode software development environment. The EVAL_PAN1026 contains two PAN1026ETU development modules on Panasonic’s ETU platform – ETU for Easy to Use. EasyDualMode allows both BLE and Bluetooth Classic application development in a single environment. EasyDualMode software is available free of charge on Panasonic’s RF module website.