Bluetooth kit geared for consumer, medical, industrial apps
Microchip Technology Inc. has unleashed the PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit that features a PIC32 MCU, HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output multi-colour LED, three standard single-colour LEDs, an analogue 3-axis accelerometer, analogue temperature sensor and five push buttons for user-defined inputs.
The kit has a PICkit On Board (PKOB) that eliminates the need for an external debugger/programmer, USB connectivity and GPIOs for rapid development of Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP), USB and general-purpose applications. The starter kit also features a plug-in interface for an audio CODEC daughter card that is set to release at a later stage to support Bluetooth audio.
The Bluetooth Starter Kit includes a PIC32MX270F256D MCU for main processing that runs at 83 DMIPS with 256KB Flash and 64KB RAM with a rich feature set including USB, I2S/SPI, mTouch capacitive touch sensing and an 8bit Parallel Master Port. The kit reduces software development time by offering a free Bluetooth SPP stack optimised for the on-board PIC32 MCU for setting up emulated serial port connections between two peer Bluetooth devices, indicated the company.
The Bluetooth Starter Kit is targeted for low-cost applications in the consumer markets such as Bluetooth thermostats and wireless gaming controllers. In the medical and industrial markets, applications include blood glucose meters, wireless diagnostic tools, Bluetooth GPS receivers, Bluetooth serial adapters and cordless barcode scanners.
The PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit is supported by Microchip's free MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE) and MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework. Additionally, the free Quick Start Package is available, featuring an Android application development environment. It also includes a free software development kit (SDK) with the application source code and binary for Microchip's Bluetooth SPP library. Both are optimised for the on-board PIC32 MCU.
The PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit (part #DM320018) is available for purchase.
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