Advanced Power Components announces that Bluegiga Technologies’ new Bluetooth 4.0 development kit is available through APC Hero. The product is designed for development and evaluation of Bluetooth 4.0 single mode applications and to simplify the development of Bluetooth low energy applications in order to shorten development cycles and time-to-market.

Bluetooth low energy is a new, open standard developed by the Bluetooth SIG. It is targeted to address the needs of modern wireless applications, such as ultra-low power consumption, fast connection times, reliability and security. Bluetooth low energy consumes 10-20 times less power and is ready to transmit data 50 times quicker than classical Bluetooth solutions.


The BLE112 Bluetooth 4.0 single-mode module is targeted for low power sensors and accessories. It offers all Bluetooth 4.0 single-mode features: radio, stack, profiles and application space for end user applications so can therefore be used without an additional micro-controller. BLE112 also provides flexible hardware interfaces to connect sensors, buttons or even displays. Bluegiga BLE112 can be powered directly with a standard 3V coin cell battery or pair of AAA batteries. In lowest power sleep mode it consumes only 400nA and will wake up in few hundred microseconds.

Bluetooth low energy devices come in two types: single-mode devices that only support Bluetooth low energy and are optimized for low-power, low-cost and small-size solutions, or dual-mode devices that support Bluetooth low energy and classical Bluetooth technologies. Dual-mode devices are interoperable with all Bluetooth specification versions.

Bluegiga’s Bluetooth 4.0 software development kit allows in-module software development with Bluegiga’s BGScriptTM scripting language. BGScriptTM enables developers to embed applications directly into the BLE112 module in a matter of hours. Bluegiga’s Profile ToolkitTM on the other hand offers a simple XML based description language for Bluetooth profile development.

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