element14 shipping new Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy module from Panasonic

element14, the Development Distributor, is now shipping the PAN1780 Bluetooth® Low Energy Module from Panasonic, a Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy (LE) module based on the Nordic nRF52840 single chip controller.

The compact module, which measures just 15.6 mm x 8.7 mm x 2 mm, uses Bluetooth 5.0 with the qualified Bluetooth® mesh profile stack, and is ideal for IoT devices within smart city infrastructure, industrial mesh networks or robotics within Industry 4.0 environments:

  • The Cortex® M4F processor, 256 kB RAM and build-in 1 MB flash memory eliminate the need for an external processor saving complexity, space, and cost

  • Ultra-low current consumption makes the module ideal for battery powered devices

  • Output power of up to 8 dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52840 in combination with the LE coded PHY support applications where a long range is required

  • A rich set of security features from the ARM TrustZone CryptoCell 310 security subsystem enable secure device operation ideal for smart health and secure medical peripherals, or edge computing.

The Bluetooth® 5.0 enables a higher symbol rate of 2 Mbps via the high-speed LE 2M PHY with significantly longer range possible using the LE coded PHY at 500 kb/s or 125 kb/s. In addition, new LE advertising extensions allow for much larger amounts of data to be broadcasted in connectionless scenarios.   The PAN1780 also supports Type 2 Near Field Communication (NFC-A) for use in simplified pairing and payment solutions (external antenna required).

The module has an operating temperature range of -40°C up to 85°C and also benefits from a built-in temperature sensor.

The Panasonic PAN1780 Bluetooth® Low Energy Module is available from Farnell in Europe, element14 in APAC and Newark in North America.

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