The Laird BL652 series of modules are Bluetooth 4.2 qualified and employ Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC. The module is designed to target industrial and medical applications by featuring numerous pre-certified antenna options, a high level of security and encryption, industrial-rated operating temperature range, and development options that include either the Nordic nRF52 SDK or Laird’s own event driven programming language – called ‘smartBASIC’ – that Laird states significantly eases development and speeds time to market for developers
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that global technology leader Laird, an ODM of embedded connectivity solutions based in the U.K., has developed their second-generation of Nordic-based Bluetooth® low energy certified modules, utilizing the Nordic nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC). The module is a comprehensive certified solution that leverages the latest technology to enhance security, power consumption, and future-proofing for Bluetooth low energy (formerly known as Bluetooth Smart) applications. The Laird BL652 module targets industrial and medical applications, as well as broader applications that are a part of what Laird categorizes as “Enterprise Internet of Things” or “EIoT” for short.
The BL652 is designed to simplify the RF development and certification work required to develop a Bluetooth low energy EIoT application. In addition to offering the flexibility of the Nordic nRF52 Software Development Kit (SDK), Laird also offers a Laird-developed, object-based programing environment called ‘smartBASIC’, which the company says its customers have used as the basis for developing and deploying solutions since 2012.
“smartBASIC was created to enable even those new to Bluetooth low energy – a common scenario in the emerging EIoT – to quickly and successfully develop real world applications,” comments Jonathan Kaye, Laird Connectivity Solutions Product Director. “smartBASIC doesn’t require a costly toolchain or complex development environment, only a terminal emulator of the customer’s choice. Furthermore, Laird also provides complementary apps and utilities to speed and simplify development for Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms.”
Kaye continues: “Our embedded smartBASIC engine provides our customers with their own personal EIoT Bluetooth low energy ‘expert’ built into every module. In addition, because Laird has been developing modules based on Nordic’s previous generation nRF51 Series for the past four years with our BL600 series, we will enable our existing customers to seamlessly port forward their smartBASIC application to this new nRF52 Series module as well.”
To further accelerate developers’ time-to-market, the BL652 is pre-approved to all necessary wireless certifications and qualifications including Bluetooth 4.2, features an integrated antenna or option for external antenna, and is qualified over the full industrial –40º to +85º C operating temperature range. In addition, the BL652 features NFC™ and robust security and encryption (secure 128-bit AES with Diffe Hellman-enabled pairing) to provide a solution Laird says is capable of meet the demands of industrial and enterprise applications alike. Laird also offers industry-renowned support and technical expertise in Bluetooth applications for developers designing with the BL562 module.
“Modules are a valuable option for companies and developers that are new to RF technology or wish to fast-track a product to market,” concludes Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “The IoT will grow to include many companies that may not have any background in RF design or Bluetooth low energy wireless technology. By using a module such as the Laird BL652 they will be able to access the latest market-leading wireless technology without having to go up a steep learning curve with all the design risk and time that will necessarily involve.”
The nRF52832 SoC redefines the single-chip Bluetooth low energy category by marrying barrier-breaking performance to power efficiency, and featuring a unique on-chip NFC tag for user-friendly Touch-to-Pair and offers new levels of design flexibility unmatched by any existing Bluetooth low energy solution.
The nRF52832 SoC features a category-first 64MHz ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor; 512kB Flash and 64kB RAM; a best-in-class ultra-high performance, ultra-low power multi-protocol Bluetooth Smart, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz radio with -96dB RX sensitivity, 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents, an on-chip RF Balun, plus a unique fully-automatic power management system that makes achieving optimal power consumption easy for designers.