Deploying Bluetooth® Low Energy and NFC for secure connections and easy pairing : Page 5 of 5

September 19, 2016 //By Heiner Tendyck
By supporting wireless applications that can operate with ultra-low power consumption, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) opens up a number of new application opportunities for designers - particularly when it is combined with the benefits of NFC technology.

Toshiba also offers a Bluetooth Software Development Kit (SDK) – a complete solution that simplifies the use of Toshiba Bluetooth LSIs and significantly reduces time-to-market. The proven solution – which is available free-of-charge from Toshiba´s developer webpage – supports multiple chipsets and platforms including host-based and standalone BLE systems, SPPover BLE profile, and the BLE + NFC combined functionality. The software API supports BLE GATT server and client as well as the GAP central and peripheral function.


Figure 4: The SDK is a fully-featured tool based on established technology.

Minimum design effort is required to configure a beacon to work with any of these standards. The designer simply specifies the data format in a data array then makes a single function call to configure the beacon. A standard C++ debugging environment then compiles and runs the SDK code and the beacon is operational. The integration of any available Beacon standard iBeacon™ (Apple), AltBeacon (Radius Networks), EddystoneTM (Google) and more] is easily possible through the combination with Toshiba´s SDK.

 

About the author:

Heiner Tendyck is Principal Engineer, System LSI Marketing Department – Wireless Solutions, Toshiba Electronics Europe – www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com  

 

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