Your relationship with Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Classic has always been a little bit strained. How were you supposed to mediate between the two, when one required low power and the other a high data rate? There are millions of legacy mobile phones, PCs and tablets still using Bluetooth Classic, but the newest wearables and connected home gadgets use Bluetooth Smart. We’re here to tell you that your struggle for harmony is over.
Today, Silicon Labs announces the new BT121 Bluetooth Smart Ready module and software, and with it, the ability to develop for Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Classic on a single module. The BT121 module includes a pre-certified, fully-integrated, high-performance solution that is comprised of a Bluetooth radio, MCU and on-board Bluetooth software stack supported by our Bluetooth Smart Ready SDK and our easy-to-use BGScript™ scripting language.
What all this means for your designs is faster time-to-market, and reduction in development costs and compliance risks. You get a versatile, plug-and-play Bluetooth solution that’s ideal for applications that require connectivity to legacy devices that only support Bluetooth Classic, alongside applications that that use Bluetooth Smart.
This “best of both worlds” solution delivers:
Finally, and perhaps best of all, no RF or Bluetooth protocol development experience is needed to work with the BT121 module in Bluetooth designs. You can use the module as a peripheral along with an external host MCU, or applications can be embedded into the built-in MCU with the Bluegiga BGScript scripting language. You’ll be able to create a completely standalone design with minimal external components.
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