PAN1781 Bluetooth 5 Low Energy module

Panasonic has unveiled the PAN1781, a Bluetooth 5 Low Energy module based on the Nordic nRF52820 single chip controller.

According to Panasonic, the PAN1781 is suitable for a variety of different applications and markets.

Bluetooth 5 features a higher symbol rate of 2 Mbps using the high speed LE 2M PHY or a significantly longer range using the LE coded PHY at 500 kb/s or 125 kb/s. The new channel selection algorithm (CSA#2) also helps to improve the module's performance in high interference environments. Furthermore, the new Low Energy advertising extensions allow for much larger amounts of data to be broadcasted in connectionless scenarios.

An output power of up to 8 dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52820 in combination with the LE coded PHY render the module suitable for applications, where a long range is required and, in addition, the module’s ultra-low current consumption will benefit a broad range of modern battery powered devices.

With the Cortex M4 processor, 32 kB RAM, and the built-in 256 kB flash memory, the PAN1781 can easily be used in standalone mode, eliminating the need for an external processor, saving complexity, space, and cost.

The PAN1781 also supports angle of arrival (AoA) and angle of departure (AoD) direction finding using Bluetooth.