Supporting both Bluetooth low energy v4.1 and NFC, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems adds a short-range, Bluetooth low energy and NFC combo module for implementing Bluetooth functionality into end-products. An NFC enabled remote device may independently create a wake-up signal with neither host control nor local battery consumption.

Based on a Toshiba SoC, the cost-effective PAN1761 Series supports both Bluetooth low energy functionality v4.1 and NFC through a NFC Forum Type 3 compliant tag. The module enables robust Bluetooth low energy central and peripheral nodes to be built with low total bill-of-material costs. The configuration of the device allows NFC to wake-up Bluetooth low energy from standby using a NFC field and automatically initiate a Bluetooth connection. Highly secure Bluetooth connections are created using NFC to exchange link keys (Out-of-Band pairing). Bluetooth low energy applications with extended battery life are possible as a result of zero power consumption in standby mode.

The PAN1761 device comes in a 15.6mm x 8.7mm x 1.8mm surface mount package (same form factor as PAN1026 and PAN1760 Bluetooth modules) with RF transceiver, and programmable Bluetooth low energy EEPROM memory with 32kB on-chip RAM for host-less operation of application software and driver. FStandard SIG Bluetooth low energy and “SPP over Bluetooth low energy” profiles, low-power sleep modes, short transition times between operating modes, and an operating temperature range from -40°C up to 85°C are included. The low power consumption makes the new PAN1761 module a suitable choice for many applications such as healthcare and medical diagnostic systems without any human control interface, Bluetooth low energy sensor applications with a need to send data on request, diagnostic and maintenance systems with a requirement for zero standby power consumption, embedded wireless, wearable devices, mobile phone accessories, as well as industrial sensors and measurement devices.

An evaluation kit (PAN1761-EMK starter kit with NFC antenna) is available.