Microchip – RN487x Bluetooth Low Energy Module: The Easy to Use, Complete Yet Compact Bluetooth Solution

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The RN487x modules, (based on Microchip’s IS187x Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) ICs), is a Bluetooth 4.2 Low-Energy module designed for easy implementation into a broad range of applications. Supporting the latest Bluetooth standard, it delivers up to 2.5x throughput improvement and more secure connections vs. Bluetooth 4.1 based products. Developers can easily interface to the device via a standard UART interface, or through on-board scripting to automate basic operations without a host microcontroller.

The RN487x modules combines a completely integrated Bluetooth software stack, necessary peripheral components and offers a shielded regulatory certified version with built-in antenna to create an easy-to-use drop-in solution. Developers are freed from the complexities of Bluetooth Software and RF development and can simply utilize the RN487x as a wireline replacement.

Perfect for IoT (Internet of Things) applications, when interfaced to a BLE enabled smartphone or Bluetooth Internet Gateway, applications can be monitored, controlled and updated from anywhere in the world.

APPLICATIONS

  • Health/medical devices
  • Sports activity and fitness
  • Retail
  • Beacon applications
  • Internet of Things (IoT) sensor tag
  • Remote control
  • Wearable smart devices and accessories
  • Industrial control
  • Smart energy/smart home

FEATURES/SPECS

  • Fully-certified BLE module
    • BLE SIG, FCC, IC, CE, MIC, KCC, NCC
  • On-board Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy stack
  • ASCII command interface API over UART
  • Scripting engine for hostless operation
  • Compact form factor:
    • RN4870: 12 × 22 mm
    • RN4871: 9 × 11.5 mm
    • RN4870U: 12 × 15 mm
    • RN4871U: 6 × 8 mm
  • Beacon Private Service for Beacon Services
    • iBeacon™/Eddystone™
  • UART transparent service for serial data streaming
  • Remote configuration over the air
  • Operating voltage: 1.9V to 3.6V (3.3V typical)
  • Temperature range: −20°C to +70°C

BENEFITS

  • Embedded enhanced security
    • White list and resolvable private address
    • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) based connection security
    • Secure AES128 encryption
  • GAP, GATT, SM, L2CAP and integrated public profiles
  • Ceramic chip antenna (RN4870/RN4871)
  • External antenna connection via RF pad (RN4870U/RN4871U)

SUPPORTED SERVICES
The RN4870 supports four built-in GATT services:

  • Device Information public service
  • Airpatch private service, which handles Over The Air (OTA) updates
  • BeaconThings, which handles beacon services control
  • UART Transparent private service, which handles data streaming function
  • Custom private services *

* Private services are not registered with the Bluetooth SIG and are not interoperable with other Bluetooth Low Energy devices, unless the aforementioned device implements the private service.

Part numberDescription
RN4870-V/RM118 Bluetooth 4.2 BLE Single mode, Class 2, Surface mount module with antenna and shield. Size: 12 mm x 22 mm
RN4870U-V/RM118Bluetooth 4.2 BLE Single mode, Class 2, Surface mount module, external antenna, no shield. Size: 12 mm x 15 mm
RN4871-V/RM118 Bluetooth 4.2 BLE Single mode, Class 2, Surface mount module with antenna and shield. Size: 9 mm x 11.5 mm
RN4871U-V/RM118Bluetooth 4.2 BLE Single mode, Class 2, Surface mount module, external antenna, no shield. Size: 6 mm x 8 mm
RN-4870-SNSR RN4870 Bluetooth Low Energy PICtail™/PiCtail Plus Daughter Board
RN-4871-PICTAIL RN4871 Bluetooth Low Energy PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board
Coming Soon-40ºC to 85ºC version

Development Kits:

RN4870-PICtail

RN4870 PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board
(Part # RN4870-PICtail)

RN4870 Bluetooth Low Energy PICtail™/PiCtail Plus Daughter Board (RN-4870-SNSR)

This board enables development with the RN4870 BLE module. The board includes a sensor daughter board for experimentation with on-board light and temperature sensing, a potentiometer, a pushbutton switch and LEDs. The board can be interfaced via USB and any PC terminal program, or over the PICtail interface connected to one of Microchip’s microcontroller development boards such as the Explorer 16 Development Board.

RN4871 Bluetooth Low Energy PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (RN-4871-PICTAIL)

This board enables development with the small form factor RN4871 BLE module. The board can be interfaced via USB and any PC terminal program, or over the PICtail interface connected to one of Microchip’s microcontroller development boards such as the Explorer 16 Development Board.

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