Bluetooth ic supports multiple communication methods

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced a dual mode Bluetooth ic, compliant with the latest Bluetooth v4.0 communication standard.

The device can support both Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy communication methods and will find applications in a range of wireless data communication devices, including remote controllers, sensor devices, toys, medical equipment and smartphone accessories. By incorporating both the Serial Port Profile that is used for Basic Classic communication and the Generic Attribute Profile used for Low Energy communication into a single ic, Toshiba says the TC35661SBG-501 contributes to component reduction and development efficiency efforts. The inclusion of the SPP and GATT profiles on chip also reduces loads on external microcontrollers. Standard and proprietary BLE profiles can be attached to interface to the high level GATT API. The TC35661SBG-501 supports UART, I2C and GPIO interfaces, as well as sleep mode and host wake up functions which aid battery life for mobile devices.