Panasonic Industry Europe has launched a new Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy module based on the Nordic nRF52840 SoC single-chip controller.

With an output power of up to +8 dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52840 in combination with the LE coded PHY, the PAN1780 module is suitable for applications that require a long range. The Bluetooth 5.0 features enable a higher symbol rate of 2Mbps using the high-speed LE 2M PHY. In addition, the LE advertising extensions allow for much larger amounts of data to be broadcasted in connectionless scenarios.

Besides BLE5.0 with the qualified Bluetooth mesh profile stack the module also supports 802.15.4 and NFC-A. With its Cortex M4F processor, 256kB RAM and the built-in 1MB flash memory it can be used in standalone mode, eliminating the need for an external processor, saving complexity, space and cost. Complementary available is the PAN1780AT, a variant with additional AT Command Set.

Measuring 15.6mm x 8.7mm x 2.0mm, the compact module features an ARM TrustZone Cryptocell 310 security core that supports a secure boot process. Also a temperature sensor was integrated in the PAN1780 module. The operating temperature range is -40°C up to 85°C and the supply voltage ranges from 1.7V up to 5.5V.

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications such as devices for smart city infrastructure, industrial mesh networks or robotics within Industry 4.0 environments will benefit from the comprehensive features of the PAN1780 module.

Also smart health and secure medical peripherals or building automation applications like smart locks or intelligent lighting are suitable areas of use.