Nordic’s µBlue prototype development kit simplifies the design and test of wireless connectivity based on the company’s µBlue Bluetooth low energy Peripheral solution. This white paper describes the development kit.
Bluetooth low energy technology has been designed for applications where Classic Bluetooth technology is not viable because of severe power restraints. All Bluetooth low energy applications will have one thing in common: they incorporate sensors or user interfaces (typically powered by coin cell batteries) sending small amounts of data infrequently.
The likely early applications include Personal User Interface Devices (PUID) (such as watches), Proximity, Battery Status, Temperature, and Heart Rate. Other health and fitness monitoring profiles such as blood-glucose and -pressure, cycle cadence, and cycle crank power will follow. And because this is the first time a ULP wireless technology with guaranteed interoperability has been available to electronics designers, Bluetooth low energy promises to extend wireless connectivity to hundreds of new products.
Despite its promise, implementing Bluetooth low energy technology will not be trivial. But with a little help from the chip suppliers, a competent engineer should be able to meet the challenge of implementing a Bluetooth low energy-powered wireless connection into their next portable product.