Module uses dual protocol SoC to support ANT and Bluetooth concurrently

April 15, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Dynastream Innovation’s N548 module is aimed at Internet-of-things applications. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51422 SoC, this 2.4 GHz solution is small, future proof and features concurrent support for both ANT and Bluetooth low energy.

The N548 is sized for wearable, home and industrial trends in a 14.0 x 9.8 x 2.0 mm LGA (Land Grid Array) package. Its makers say that it is a combination of technologies not previously available, taking ultra low power wireless to a new level of connectivity, and that, “ANT is always focused on simplifying issues for developers and this module offers all of the latest ANT and ANT+ advantages in a turnkey hardware solution.”

Designed for manufacturing simplicity, the N548 ANT SoC Module is fully integrated with PCB antenna, 32 kHz crystal time base, DC-DC converter, and 24 GPIOs with six analogue inputs, allowing developers the freedom to focus on their specific applications. It is pre-certified with FCC/IC/CE/JP/AU/NZ designations and Bluetooth qualification. Use it in simple sensors as well as cost-focused applications. The N548 highlights the advantages of the ANT protocol, including its strong position in Android smart phones, while enabling a bridge connection between available ANT+ devices and the iOS platform.

Known for the seamless and reliable interoperability of ANT+, ease of pairing and bi-directional sensor communication, the ANT protocol has become successful in sport, fitness and health devices. Users now rely on ANT to manage multiple sensors in crowded race environments, simple and complex interchanging and pairing of devices, and transferring data from multiple sensors to multiple displays simultaneously. Ultra long battery life and ANT’s efficient, low overhead management of flexible topologies also make ANT the ideal solution for active RFID, smart beacons, asset tags, audience response systems and home automation.