LS Research's latest low-power Bluetooth module offers cost-competetive connectivity



LS Research (LSR), a leading developer of RF modules and wireless products, announces the addition of the TiWi-uB1, Bluetooth® Smart Module, to the growing TiWi family of products. Designed for use in a wide range of applications, the new TiWi-uB1 provides low power Bluetooth Smart connectivity at a cost point that is competitive with Asian suppliers. LSR's superior integration support and extended product lifetime sets the TiWi-uB1 apart from the competition. The module includes an integrated Hybrid™ trace antenna for maximum range performance in one small package measuring only 11.6 mm x 17.3 mm. Because it uses just 12.6 mA in transmit mode and 15.7 mA in receive mode, the LSR TiWi-uB1 is perfect for body worn medical sensors, sports and fitness sensors, remote controls and any other application that requires connectivity to a smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth Smart devices. The TiWi-uB1 provides multiple configuration options: its single-chip configuration allows applications to run on the CC2541 from Texas Instruments (TI), while it can also be configured with a network processor interface for applications running on an external microcontroller. "The Bluetooth Smart market is growing quickly as device manufacturers look for ways to wirelessly connect sensor-based applications to the millions of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The TiWi-uB1 from LSR provides manufacturers with a low-cost module, tools, software, apps and services to help device manufacturers get to market faster," said Sid Shaw, global marketing and business manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. TiWi-uB1 SPECIFICATIONS: • Dimensions: 11.6 mm X 17.3 mm x 2.3 mm • Operating temperature: -40 to +85°C • FCC, IC, CE Mark certified (pending) • Bluetooth SIG certified • Power consumption: • 12.6 mA in transmit • 15.7 mA in receive • Output power 0 dBm • RF sensitivity up to -94 dBm • Integrated Hybrid™ Trace Antenna • External antenna option Evaluation and development kits are available for engineers and designers. The kits provide a simple out of the box demo with iPhone connectivity. In the compact EM board form factor, the kit connects directly to SmartRF05EB platform or TI's MSP430 or Tiva C Series MCU boards for code development and includes an antenna design guide for just $49. Suggested MSRP for TiWi-uB1 is only $5.94 at 10k quantities. LSR also provides custom antenna design services, custom iOS and Android apps, turnkey product development and manufacturing, as well as EMC certification and testing. LS Research