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Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy wireless communication LSI
ML7105

2012 News Release

November 7, 2012

Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy Compatible Wireless Communication LSI Featuring the Industry’s Lowest Current Consumption

Contributes to greater miniaturization and longer operating time in portable health and fitness devices

LAPIS Semiconductor has recently announced the development of a wireless communication LSI compatible with Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy*1, making it ideal for health and fitness applications. Features include the lowest current consumption in the industry ( 9.8mA at transmission, 8.9mA at reception*), prolonging operation in battery-equipped devices while enabling compact, low-capacity coin cell batteries to be used. A protocol stack required for Bluetooth® wireless communication is included as well.

Terminology

  • *1:Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy
    • The latest version that significantly reduces power consumption compared with the previous Bluetooth standard, enabling long-term operation for several years with just a single button cell battery.
      Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. in the U.S.

The latest Bluetooth® wireless standard, v4.0 Low Energy, is expected to drive expansion into new markets and devices, including health and fitness products for daily health management, such as pedometers, activity monitors, blood pressure / heart rate monitors, and equipment that integrates multiple sensors ( i.e. cycling computers ). A number of existing Bluetooth devices are also transitioning to Bluetooth® Low Energy due to the improved functionality and extremely lower power consumption provided by v4.0.

In response, LAPIS Semiconductor has succeeded in developing a wireless communication LSI capable of operating using less than 10mA through a redesigned RF circuit structure, optimized circuit current, and low-power RF circuit technology, such as ZigBee®*2. This increases operating time in current systems and allows even smaller batteries, including coin cell types such as the CR2032 ( 230mAh ), which until now were limited for use in low-power devices ( i.e. calculators, electronic toys, and remote controllers ) because they could not provide the several tens of mA required by conventional wireless communication LSIs, to be used by minimizing the effects of voltage drops due to internal battery resistances.

Terminology

  • *2:ZigBee®
    • A near-field wireless communication protocol standardized by the ZigBee® Alliance.
      The physical and MAC layers use the IEEE802.15.4 communications protocol.

Key Features

  • Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy single mode LSI
    • Optimized for Bluetooth® Smart devices, both Master and Slave functions are included, ensuring compatibility with PC accessories and smartphones as well as enabling use as a relay between various sensor applications, such as wrist-mounted health and fitness devices and bicycle computers, PCs and smartphones.
  • Low power consumption design
    • Proprietary RF circuitry results in the industry’s lowest current consumption ( 9.8mA at transmission, 8.9mA at reception, 0.7µA at sleep ). In addition to the RF circuit, a partial power-OFF circuit is built in for total system power optimization along with a clock control circuit for autonomous clock control.
  • Built-in protocol stack
    • A Bluetooth® v4.0 Low Energy host stack is incorporated, enabling support for Bluetooth® Smart devices by simply implementing profiles to the existing application processor in the customer’s set based on the application. Sample programs and a reference board are available ( fee required ).
  • Internal microcontroller + memory
    • ARM Ltd.’s Cortex-M0 MCU is integrated, along with program-specific 12kByte SRAM for customer applications. User applications can be downloaded from external memory via I2C bus.
  • Equipped with multiple standard serial interfaces
    • Multiple general-purpose serial interfaces for communicating with the host microcontroller and other components are built in, including SPI Slave, UART, and I2C.
  • GPIO and I2C bus integrated for controlling sensor devices and peripherals
    • An I2C bus is included for interfacing with various sensor devices and peripherals, along with 4ch GPIO ideal for power control and / or interrupt signals.
  • Sensor node evaluation kit
    • The evaluation kit for the ML7105 integrates a LAPIS Semiconductor microcontroller and a sensor node consisting of a ROHM sensor group on the same board. Easily configure a sensor network by combining the board with the ML7105 wireless module. Application software, including sample code, along with driver software for various sensor devices, are also included in the kit.

Applications

  • Health and fitness devices
  • Medical equipment
  • PC peripherals
  • Industrial equipment

Availability

  • Part No.
    • ML7105
  • Sample Shipment
    • September 2012
  • Sample Price
    • Yen 1,000 ( tax not included )
  • Evaluation Board ( alone )
    • September 2012
  • Mass Production
    • From March 2013

Technical Details

  • Bluetooth® SIG Core Spec v4.0 compliant
  • Built-in low power consumption RF block
  • Integrated general-purpose Cortex-M0 processor from ARM Inc.
  • 64kByte ROM for program storage ( CODE_ROM )
  • 16kByte RAM for data storage ( DATA_RAM )
  • 12kByte for user program storage ( CODE_RAM )
  • Internal baseband controller supports Bluetooth® LE single mode
  • UART included for Bluetooth® Host Controller Interface
  • SPI_SLAVE for Custom Host Controller Interface
  • EEPROM or I2C ( Master & Slave ) for Custom Host Controller Interface
  • GPIO
  • Supports Low Power Clock ( 32.768kHz ) for intermittent transmission / reception
  • Built-in regulator
  • Supply voltage
    • 3.3V Typ. ( 1.6V to 3.6V )
  • Operating temperature
    • -20°C to +75°C
  • Power consumption
    • Sleep : 0.7µA
      Transmission : 9.8mA ( 0dBm )
      Reception : 8.9mA
  • Package
    • 32pin QFN ( 5.0mm × 5.0mm × 0.8mm )

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