Miniaturized WSM device is equipped with antenna, lower power consumption, and greater processor capabilities
Murata Americas has announced the release of its Nordic-based BLE module. The latest WSM device consists of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing, and an on-board antenna. Additionally, it contains two pins for an off-board omni-directional antenna and an NFC antenna. The module provides a Serial Port Interface (SPI) and UART interface to Nordic’s nRF52832 M4 Cortex processor.
The WSM-BL241-ADA-008 module provides BLE connectivity between tablets, cell phones, cloud services, and other proprietary functions. Further, Nordic Semiconductor’s software developer’s kit enables developers to create and run edge device applications that can monitor and capture diagnostic information for preventive maintenance. These features can be combined in apps for both iOS and Android devices that run BT v4.2.
With this functionality and small footprint, it is ideally suited for OEMs wanting to develop Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Target markets include Industrial IoT, energy, and home and office automation applications. Specific end products include asset tracking devices, medical insulin pumps, white goods, and other consumer goods that require connectivity.
“Murata leads in developing the transformational tools that enable connectivity. That is why world-class companies like Nordic Semiconductor choose to team with us,” said Jim Philipp, Senior Marketing Manager, Murata Americas. “Murata’s packaging technology for the miniaturization of electronics is unsurpassed. We are very excited to introduce this device to a market that demands greater levels of freedom and flexibility.”
“As the IoT rapidly rolls out, the underpinning technology is increasingly in demand – making it essential that companies launch their Bluetooth® low energy IoT products quickly and cost effectively,” says Geir Langeland, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nordic Semiconductor. “Murata has taken full advantage of the nRF52832 SoC’s powerful features to offer a module that can be incorporated into compact wireless products by engineers with limited RF experience – decreasing time to market – yet can support the most demanding Bluetooth® low energy IoT applications.”
Murata in Brief
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com