Panasonic Industry Europe claims that its latest Bluetooth module has the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth Low Energy SoC. The PAN1760A module benefits from a peak power consumption of only 3.3mA in transmit and receive mode. This enables advanced wireless functionalities in IoT, medical, and industrial applications without compromising battery life, says Panasonic. Mandatory and optional Bluetooth 4.2 features are supported.

The small surface mount device measures just 15.6 x 8.7 x 1.9mm and is based on Toshiba’s single chip TC35678 Bluetooth semiconductor device with embedded Toshiba Bluetooth 4.2 LE stack and embedded flash for user applications in standalone operation.

The PAN1760A product can either be operated in AT-command or host mode for simple integration of Bluetooth connectivity into existing products, or in standalone mode. In standalone mode, with 256kbyte flash memory and 83kbyte RAM for user application, the PAN1760A can be used for many applications without the need for an external processor, saving cost, complexity, and space, advises Panasonic.

According to Pascal Meier, product manager, Panasonic: “Design engineers can easily migrate from using older versions of the PAN1760, the PAN1761, and the PAN1026 modules to our new PAN1760A component, as all versions share exactly the same footprint. The required code changes when migrating from PAN1026 or PAN1760 are only very minor. Previously developed software (Bluetooth Low Energy profiles and applications) can also easily be migrated with a minimal effort.”

The PAN1760A module is currently awaiting FCC, IC, and CE approval.

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