Bluetooth portfolio covers ultra-long range to indoor location

October 15, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Bluetooth portfolio covers ultra-long range to indoor location
Swiss company, u-blox has further underlined its continued commitment to Bluetooth® low energy innovation by expanding the BMD product series that it recently acquired from Rigado.

The three latest additions to the u-blox BMD Bluetooth module series, the BMD-341, the BMD-345 and the BMD-360, enable a host of new applications, from high precision indoor positioning to medical and industrial applications in challenging signal environments.

Fully compliant with the latest Bluetooth v5.1 specification, the BMD-360 module is the first u-blox Bluetooth module to support Bluetooth’s direction finding feature. The BMD-360 is highly optimized for cost sensitive, long range beacon applications, asset tags for smart building and smart manufacturing systems, Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, warehouse logistics, and many other high precision, indoor location-based services. Central to its functional capabilities is the nRF52811 system-on-chip (SoC) from Nordic Semiconductor. This incorporates a 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 processor running at 64 MHz, and a built-in antenna element.

The BMD-360 is complemented by the BMD-345 and BMD-341 Bluetooth 5.0 modules, both of which are built around Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC. Both modules feature a U.FL connector for applications requiring an external antenna. This makes them ideal for deployments in challenging use cases, such as medical and industrial devices built into metal enclosures.  


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