Tiny Bluetooth LE SoC needs no software programming

October 28, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Bluetooth LE SoC is software programming free
Wireless-focused fabless semiconductor company InPlay Technologies has announced what it says is the world's smallest and software-programming-free Bluetooth Low Energy SoC.

Based on the company's NanoBeacon technology, the IN100 Bluetooth beacon is a software-programming-free SoC designed to significantly lower the technical barriers to development. The device, says the company, will allow any developer to easily build their own wireless applications without worrying about learning the complex Bluetooth protocol stack and embedded software development.

"As the first chipset in the NanoBeacon technology family," says Jason Wu, co-founder and CEO of InPlay, "IN100 brings a new design option for wireless IoT application developers with its excellent RF performance, software-programming-free, and ultra-low power consumption features, which will lead the next trend in wireless connectivity technology, expanding the use of Bluetooth technology in the Industrial Internet of Things by directly or indirectly targeting software developers at all levels."

With a package size as small as 2.5 x 2.0 mm, the IN100 is offered as an ideal solution for enabling next-generation active RFID or wireless sensor applications. The developer simply configures the predefined ID and advertising parameters in the IN100's One-Time Programming (OTP) memory, and as soon as the device is powered on, it runs as a Bluetooth advertiser and broadcasts with the specified ID information.

The IN100 also supports various types of sensor interfaces, including analog and digital sensor interfaces. Developers can easily connect the IN100 to a sensor, configure its threshold, and once the threshold is reached, wirelessly publish alerts or raw sensor data information via its Bluetooth air interface.

Key features of IN100 include the following:

  • Ultra-low power consumption
    • Avg. 1.4uA @ 10s as advertising interval
    • Avg. 650nA @ 1min as advertising interval
  • The Adv. data payload can be configured dynamically with an external MCU via UART interface.
  • Enhanced Security
    • Authentication of Advertiser's ID
    • Privacy of adv payload
  • 1-wire bus for I/O and space constrained applications
  • Built-in ultra-low leakage load switches
  • Wide operating voltage range (suitable for all types of batteries)
    • 1.1V~3.6V

The IN100 SoC is available in DFN8 (2.5 x 2.0 mm)


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