Bluetooth technology has been developing over decades, Nordic nRF5340 no doubt is the most important edge cutting wireless evolution released in 2020 since then. Throughout the common either audio or data Bluetooth transmission to advanced data & audio connection between devices, IoT applications now have already been derived from past simple purpose toward contemporary comprehensive and complex implements in either commercial or industrial fields.
MDBT53 is a System-on-Module (aka SoM) with a good size of 9.3mm x 14.3mm and 48 GPIO which is an ideal dimension to fit in most applications. MDBT53 provides 3 antenna options, Chip antenna; PCB antenna; and u.FL connector for external antenna which deliver a maximum feasibility for most IoT projects.
MDBT53V is designated for the application which has a space constraint design. A 7.8mm x 12.4mm with 25 GPIO is small enough to offer the opportunity of employing nRF5340 modules in the project. In addition, the module offers an extended working temperature of up to +105°C enabling the module to become the most reliable connectivity source for industrial applications. MDBT53V provides 2 options of antenna, Chip and PCB, for developers’ selection which is capable of optimizing the project plan in terms of performance and budgetary.
Over the past few years, Raytac experienced the fast changing of Bluetooth technology from BT2 all the way to latest BT5.2; from heavy power consumption to advanced Low Energy. Raytac is determined in its the mission to provide better module service in the aspects of quality, coverage, and stable pipeline to all partners. MDBT53 & MDBT53V, nRF5340 solution modules, an epochal Bluetooth technology which significantly improves the connectivity ability from data transmission toward audio broadcasting which would be the best model to provide technology that could benefit and contribute to people’s lives.
nRF51422 is the first solution supports both Bluetooth and ANT+, different from pure Bluetooth Low Energy BLE solution, nRF51822 released earlier. The edge cutting technology enable nRF51422 suporting multiprotocol concurrency capable for both Bluetooth Low Energy and ANT+. At the same time Nordic released SDK S310 for nRF51422 which is a combined peripheral BLE and ANT+ protocol stack that supports concurrent operation and all ANT+ features.
When Nordic moved to nRF52, started from nRF52832, the game changed. Even nF52832 still supports ANT+, the technology support such as SDK releasing or developers’ forums, has moved to direct supported by ANT+ Wireless (formerly Dynastream Innovations). Since then, Raytac suggest developers who is interested in ANT+ product still able to select the modules based on core specification and form factor, but access the firmware development support from ANT+ directly. Developers who are interested to know more about ANT+ is encouraged visit ANT+ FAQ support page first for more information about membership, development, resource and certification.
All Nordic nRF52 solutions supports ANT+ feature, developers may refer to below Raytac module map and find what the protocol supports by the symbol stated besides the Nordic solution indication.
The MDBT53 series deployed Nordic nRF5340 solution which includes dual Arm® Cortex®-M33 processor cores with integrated a 1M flash and 512K RAM Memory; and 256K flash and 64K RAM Memory provides an advanced, powerful ability for applications demand a quick response but ultra low power consumption.
MDBT53 brings a bluetooth new era with below feature brief:
*Bluetooth low energy audio
*Bluetooth Direction Finding, such as Angle-of-Arrival and Angle-of-Departure
*Advanced security level
*Max temperature extended to 105°C
Differ from nRF52 series solution, nRF5340 series module is using nRF Connect SDK (NCS) as the software development kit. It integrates the Zephyr RTOS, protocol stacks, application samples and hardware drivers.
MDBT53 is a small, stand-alone BT5.2 module comes with an integrated Chip or PCB antenna for selection. The u,FL connector version sill soon released to meet the demand for applications which an external antenna for installation or long range transmission is needed.
Raytac MDBT53 series modules provides an optimal and stable RF efficiency which easy the hardware design resource developers’ need. The compact size, stable quality and pre-certified modules offer an advantage to speed up time to market efficiency and minimal the BOM cost.