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Mouser offers Short-Range Bluetooth Capabilities with New Silicon Labs’ Low-Power BGM113 Blue Gecko Module

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Mouser Electronics announces to now offer the Blue Gecko BGM113 Bluetooth Smart Module from Silicon Labs. Touted to give developers an optimal combination of small footprint, ease of use, and low-energy technology for short-range wireless applications – the new ultra-low-power, Bluetooth 4.1 (Bluetooth Smart) module delivers TX power up to 3 dBm, RX sensitivity down to -94dBm, and up to 50 meters range.

Key Nuggets of the Silicon Labs Blue Gecko BGM113 module include

  • Integrates a 2.4 GHz Blue Gecko wireless system-on-chip (SoC) — which combines a 2.4 GHz transceiver with a 40 MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core and 256 kBytes of flash and 32 kBytes of RAM — and a high-efficiency chip antenna into a complete, ready-to-use system.
  • The BGM113 module is pre-loaded with Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth 4.1-compliant software stack and is field-upgradable using device firmware upgrades to Bluetooth 4.2 and beyond.
  • The module is footprint-compatible with the Silicon Labs BLE113 module, providing developers an upgrade path and support for Bluetooth 4.2.

Mouser Electronics is also now shipping the Silicon Labs SLWSTK6101B Blue Gecko Wireless Starter Kit featuring an on-board J-Link debugger, a virtual COM port interface, an LCD display, a humidity/temperature sensor and test points to access all the pins of the Blue Gecko modules.

The Wireless Starter Kit includes both BGM113 (short range) and BGM111 (long range) radio boards (also available as standalone boards) that can be connected to the starter kit’s mainboard expansion header. The expansion board contains additional peripherals such as an accelerometer, buttons, LEDs, joystick, and an I2C expansion slot.

Key Applications include

The BGM113 module is precisely engineered for space and energy-sensitive radio frequency (RF) applications such as smartphone accessories, wearable sports and fitness products, wireless locks, and point-of-sale devices.

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