Bluetooth Smart module from Microchip uses CSR silicon

August 01, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Microchip Technology's Bluetooth Smart module is based on the CSR1012 chip. The BLE RN4020 module is a complete turnkey solution, which takes CSR's Bluetooth Smart ICs to a wider range of customers.

The FCC and ETSI compliant module gives developers access to CSR's Bluetooth Smart technology. The module is supported by Microchip's MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment, which provides developers with access to a large library of example Bluetooth Smart development code.

CSR1012 provides a smaller form factor package ensuring that the module has minimal impact on size-constrained designs. Measuring 11.5 x 19.5 x 2.5 mm, the RN4020 module has a built-in PCB antenna with 7 dBm transmit power and a receive sensitivity of -92.5 dBm, enabling operation over 100 m. BLE RN4020 is available from Microchip's website.