Bluetooth Modules That Enhance Long Range Positioning Applications

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They come armed with great processing speeds for faster tracking capabilities with different antenna types

In order to carry forward the continuous innovation being made in Bluetooth technology and offer a wide range of solutions to customers,  u‑blox, a global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, has extended its BMD product series with the release of  the BMD‑341, the BMD‑345 and the BMD‑360 Bluetooth modules.

BMD-360

The BMD‑360 module is fully compliant with the latest Bluetooth v5.1 specification. It has a built-in antenna and incorporates a 32‑bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 processor with 64MHz processing speed. Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52811 system‑on‑chip (SoC) plays a pivotal role in enabling the module’s functionalities. The module enhances long range beacon applications, asset tags for smart building and smart manufacturing systems, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, warehouse logistics and several high precision, location‑based services.

BMD-360
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The BMD‑360 is further perfected by the addition of BMD‑345 and BMD‑341 Bluetooth 5.0 modules. The BMD‑360 is fully compatible with the BMD‑330, BMD‑300 and BMD‑301.

BMD-345 and BMD-341

Both modules are built around Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC and feature a U.FL connector for applications requiring an external antenna system. The BMD‑341 and BMD‑345 a compatible with other BDM‑34x products. This is of huge help to electronics designers looking to make upgrades or design products with different antenna types and ranges.

BMD-345

An extended coverage and enhanced signal quality makes them ideal for deployments in use cases, such as medical and industrial devices, agriculture, asset tracking systems and Bluetooth‑based mesh networks repeaters.

BMD-341

“Through the introduction of these modules we add important new features and solution capabilities for our customers, allowing us to attend to a diverse cross section of client needs,” said Len Albertsson, Principal Product Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox. “Offering ever‑greater coverage and new high precision indoor positioning capabilities, it’s exciting to see Bluetooth grow out of its niche as a short range communication technology.”

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Samples of BMD‑341 and BMD‑360 will be available in October, with BMD‑345 to be released later this year.

See here for details on BMD-341 and BMD-345.

See here for details on BMD-360.

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