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Panasonic and Toshiba collaborate on Bluetooth Smart module

Steve Rogerson
March 1, 2016
Panasonic is launching a next-generation (nanopower) Bluetooth Smart module for IoT applications. The Pan 1760 Bluetooth smart module v4.1 with integrated antenna and embedded GATT profile is a system-on-chip (SoC) for low energy Bluetooth applications such as data transfer to smartphones and tablets, wireless health monitoring, smart homes, general industry and portable applications without a host MCU.

The module is based on fellow Japanese company Toshiba’s single chip TC35667-006 Bluetooth semiconductor device. The integrated RF transceiver’s programmable 512kbit EEPROM and 32kbit RAM can be used for application code storage and execution and allow for stand-alone operation without any need for a host MCU. 

Central and peripheral modes are supported and the part has FCC, IC and CE approvals. Very low-power sleep modes are available and short transition times between operating modes further enable low power consumption.

Enlarging Panasonic's Toshiba-based Bluetooth module ecosystem, the Pan 1760 and Pan 1026 share the same form factor and module footprint. Bluetooth LE applications and profiles developed using the Pan 1026 can almost be transferred 1:1 to the Pan 1760. Only small changes for the higher feature set of the Pan 1760 are needed.

“With the introduction of the Pan 1760 Bluetooth module, Toshiba and Panasonic strengthen their cooperation with further new modules to come during 2016, creating a whole Bluetooth ecosystem,” said Simone Saile, product manager at Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems division.