NEW YORK — Microchip Technology Inc. has rolled out a starter kit aimed at helping consumer, medical, and industrial customers quickly and easily develop Bluetooth-enabled products.
Microchip’s Bluetooth starter kit is based on its PIC32 microcontroller, the PIC32MX270F256D, which runs at 83 DMIPS with 256 kB Flash and 64 kB RAM. The starter kit’s free Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) stack, which is optimized for the PIC32, sets up an emulated serial port connection between two peer Bluetooth devices. As a result, the starter kit helps to sharply reduce software development time, according to Microchip.
Microchip eases Bluetooth development with its PIC32 starter kit (part DM320018, pictured above).
"Microchip's new Bluetooth Starter Kit is an ideal solution for developers who want to add Bluetooth as a wire replacement for their designs in consumer, industrial, medical and gaming markets," said Rod Drake, director of Microchip's MCU32 Division, in a statement. "The kit includes everything that a designer needs for rapid prototype and development of Bluetooth SPP designs."
The starter kit is targeted at low-cost applications in the consumer market, such as Bluetooth thermostats and wireless gaming controllers. It is also well suited for medical and industrial applications, including blood glucose meters, wireless diagnostic tools, Bluetooth GPS receivers, Bluetooth serial adapters, and cordless barcode scanners.
The starter kit features an HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output multi-color LED, three standard single-color LEDs, an analog 3-axis accelerometer, an analog temperature sensor, and five push-buttons for user-defined inputs. It also includes USB, I2S/SPI, mTouch capacitive touch sensing, and an 8-bit parallel master port.
Microchip also equipped the starter kit with a plug-in interface for an audio CODEC daughter card, which is set to release at a later stage to support Bluetooth audio.
The PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit is supported by Microchip’s free MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB Harmony Integrated Software Framework. The free Quick Start Package is available today, featuring an Android application development environment. It also includes a free software development kit (SDK) with the application source code and binary for Microchip’s Bluetooth SPP library. Both are optimized for the on-board PIC32 MCU, and are available today via free download under the Documentation and Software section at www.microchip.com/get/1AVL.
The PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit (part DM320018, $79.99) is available for purchase today.
—Ismini Scouras writes about the semiconductor industry for EE Times.