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Murata introduces world's smallest Bluetooth® Smart wireless module

September 12, 2013

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
President/Statutory Representative Director: Tsuneo Murata

Murata introduces world's smallest Bluetooth® Smart wireless module

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. today announced the LBCA series of ultra compact and ultra low power consumption Bluetooth® Smart modules. Measuring only 5.4 x 4.4 mm (LBCA2BZZFZ without antenna) , these surface mount devices are a quarter of the size of previous models and are aimed at the increasingly wide range of wearable computers, especially wristband-type applications, such as fitness monitoring, smart watches and remote controllers. Conforming to the Bluetooth® 4.0 low energy protocol, the modules are available both with (LBCA2HNZYZ) or without a built-in antenna (LBCA2BZZFZ) . With a 0dBm output power, the modules typically have a range of 30 meters. Interfaces include UART, SPI, I2C and GPIO. Peak current consumption is up to 4.5 mA, dropping down to a deep sleep current of 0.6 uA or less. Average current consumption during communications is 6 uA when 20 bytes of data are transmitted once per second. It is anticipated that with this use case up to 4 years operation is possible when using CR2032-type coin cells. The modules come certified to FCC/IC, CE and TELEC regulations, significantly helping to reduce the development costs and time-to-market for new designs.

Murata will be exhibiting this innovative chip ferrite beads at their booth in "CEATEC JAPAN 2013", which will be held from October 1.

Applications

  • Healthcare/sports and fitness devices
    (Ex. Thermometers, blood glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, blood pressure monitors, activity monitors)
  • Wearable devices
    (Ex. Watches, wristbands, spectacles, rings, shoes, hats)
  • Home and entertainment devices
    (Ex. Remote controllers, toys, keys, lights)
  • Mobile/PC accessories
    (Ex. Tags, mouse, keyboards)

Parts number

  • LBCA2BZZFZ (Compact SMD type)
  • LBCA2HNZYZ (SMD type with built-in antenna)

Electric characteristics

  • Wireless standards: Bluetooth® 4.0 low energy (Central/Peripheral/Broadcaster/Observer)
  • Output power: 0dBm
  • Communication range: 30m
  • Interface: UART/SPI/I2C/GPIO/ADC/Quadrature Decoder
  • Current consumption
    Peak current: 4.5mA
    Deep sleep current: 0.6µA or less
    Average current during communications: 6µA* (when 20 bytes of data are transmitted once per second)
    * Four years of operation with coin cells (CR2032)

External Size

5.4 x 4.4 x 1.0mm (Compact SMD type)
7.4 x 7.0 x 1.0mm (SMD type with built-in antenna)

Terminology

*1 Bluetooth® Smart: This indication is for devices that support Bluetooth® low energy, which is the low-power-consumption version of Bluetooth®. Bluetooth® and Bluetooth® low energy are short-range wireless communication systems that use license-free 2.4GHz band radio waves.
*Bluetooth® standards are prescribed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) .
*2 Murata Simple Data Profile (MSDP) : Murata Manufacturing original profile for transmitting and receiving data.

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. With annual revenues of ¥585 billion (~$7.1B USD) , 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 http://www.murata.com/

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