Embedded class1 and class 2 Bluetooth wireless modules that quickly change your serial communications to Bluetooth wireless. The modules have a low pin count, easy configuration and a small profile.
Kanda now supply embedded Serial to Bluetooth Modules that can be added to any product or equipment to give a universal Bluetooth connection, without any bother or knowledge of Bluetooth. These Bluetooth modules have a low pin count and profile, 3.3V operation and include an on-board antenna or external antenna connector.
They provide a simple Bluetooth node for system installers, instrument engineers and product designers, in fact anyone who now uses serial communications in their products. All you need to do is design these 8- or 12-pin DIL modules on to the PCB, connect the existing serial port lines to the module and you have an industry standard Bluetooth Interface.
The modules have configurable operating modes and can communicate with any other Bluetooth node such as PDAs, some mobile phones, PC Bluetooth adapters, laptops, or simply exchange data with each other, in M2M communications for example.
They are easy to add to hardware and they are simple to setup with the Windows Management software supplied with the units. They can also be configured using AT modem commands. A starter kit is available that is perfect for setting up and evaluating the modules -
There are two types of modules, Class 1 and Class 2 Bluetooth. The main difference between these is the signal range, class 2 is limited to 30 metres. Both class 1 and class 2 modules can either have an on-board chip antenna or come fitted with an external antenna connector for longer range operation. Class 2 modules are 8-pin with a range of 30 metres. Class 1 modules have 12 pins and a 50m range with on-board antenna. With an external antenna and 15cm extension cable, which is easy to mount outside a case, they have a range of 100 metres with the supplied stub antenna. Extra range can be achieved using optional Dipole or Patch antennas.
Both the Bluetooth mode and the serial port configuration are easy to change, including Baud Rate, parity, Hardware Flow control, Generic Access Profile and many other settings. This means that these modules can be fitted into a range of existing designs without major re-engineering. The number of uses is endless from serial cable replacement to product updates via Bluetooth.
If an embedded module is not suitable for your application, an external boxed version of the Bluetooth to serial adapter is available
Kanda are manufacturers and distributors of tools for electronic engineers and trainers. Products include microcontroller and PLD training kits, programmers, cables and embedded modules. PC interfaces for CAN Bus, Bluetooth, USB and ZigBee wireless.
Issued by: Kanda on 19 May 2006.
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