Cypress unveiled a Bluetooth Low Energy module that extends the range of Bluetooth to 400 meters, eight times that of current Bluetooth solutions. The new EZ-BLE PSoC XT/XR suits a broad range of home automation, industrial and smart city applications. For example, it enables a parking meter to receive payments via the Bluetooth connections on smartphones, while also reporting in to a central hub that covers a city block.
The new module enables robust operation in outdoor and industrial environments with an extended temperature range of -40˚C to +105˚C, and offered in a small 9.5-mm x 14.5-mm, 32-pad footprint. The module is drop-in compatible with Cypress’s 128/256KB flash memory Bluetooth 4.1 modules.
Cypress also announced a new EZ-BLE PRoC CYBLE-222014-01 module which is said to be the world’s first to enable all three key features of the Bluetooth 4.2 standard—data length extension, privacy and enhanced security. All of these are critical features for many Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The new BLE modules integrate an ARM Cortex-M0 core, Cypress’s CapSense capacitive-sensing technology, two crystals, an on-board antenna, metal shield and passive components.
“At Bluetooth World, Cypress is showcasing both our ability to push the envelope in terms of range and performance and our ability to help our customers leverage the full benefits of industry standards, such as Bluetooth 4.2,” said Dave Solda, Senior Director of the Module Business Unit at Cypress. “Our new long range EZ-BLE PSoC XT/XR module coupled with our upcoming Bluetooth mesh solution enables customers to develop innovative products that can simultaneously communicate with billions of Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and a wide-area Bluetooth network in a cost effective manner.”
The EZ-BLE PSoC XR/XT CYBLE-224110-00 module will be sampling in April of 2016 and the EZ-BLE PRoC CYBLE-222014-01 Bluetooth 4.2 module will be sampling in March of 2016.
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