The last few years have witnessed a significant increase in the adoption of Bluetooth technology. Moreover, the last two years have been particularly important in digital infrastructure owing to all companies opting for a stronger online presence. These needs have driven users to opt for low power wireless technology that is easily available across devices. The global shift to remote and online services called for better Bluetooth PC accessories. Bluetooth has become the default wireless technology used by fitness trackers, wireless headphones, wireless speakers and a host of other applications and the demand for this technology is expected to continue to only bloom over the next few years. everything RF has compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular Bluetooth modules on the website in 2021.
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Bluetooth 5.0/Zigbee 3.0 Module for Lighting, Home Automation, Beacons, and Industrial Applications
The STM32WB5MMG from STMicroelectronics is a Bluetooth 5.0/Zigbee 3.0 Module that supports OpenThread, dynamic/static concurrent modes, and 802.15.4 proprietary protocols. It is based on ST’s STM32WB55VGY wireless microcontroller which provides good receiver sensitivity and a high output power signal. The module is available in an LGA package that measures 7.3 x 11 x 1.342 mm with an integrated chip antenna and is ideal for lighting and home automation, wireless audio devices, wellness, healthcare, personal trackers, gaming and toys, smart locks, beacons, and accessories, and industrial applications. Click here for more details.
Bluetooth 5.2 Low Energy Modules for Advanced Applications
The NORA-B10 Series from u-blox are Standalone Bluetooth 5.2 Low Energy Modules with an integrated MCU for industrial automation, medical and healthcare, smart cities, and smart buildings. These modules are built on the Nordic nRF5340 chip and have dual Arm® Cortex®-M33 processor cores with integrated flash and RAM memory. The first core is for high-performance applications clocked at either 128 or 64 MHz. The second core is clocked at 64 MHz and optimized for efficiency and low power. Click here for more details.
Bluetooth LE 5.2 Module with Mesh, NFC, Thread, and Zigbee Support
The ISP2053-AX from Insight SiP is a Bluetooth LE 5.2 Module that supports Mesh, NFC, Thread and Zigbee, IEEE 802.15.4, and ANT wireless protocols. It delivers a data rate of up to 2 Mbps and has a range of 450 m with a Tx power of 8 dBm and has an Rx sensitivity of up to -104 dBm. This module is based on an nRF5340 Nordic Semiconductor wireless SoC with two Arm Cortex-M33 processors - an application processor and a network processor. The application processor has 1 MB Flash and 512 KB RAM, and the network processor has 256 KB Flash and 64 KB RAM optimized for low power. Click here for more details.
Bluetooth Smart 5.0 (BLE) Module with PCB Trace Antenna
The 2608011024010 from Wurth Elektronik is a Bluetooth Smart 5.0 (BLE) module with an integrated PCB Antenna. It provides a data rate of up to 2 Mbps ad has a line-of-sight range of 50 m. The module uses a Nordic nRF52832 radio chipset which has up to 39 radio channels. It has a Tx output power of up to -2 dBm and an Rx sensitivity of -91 dBm. The module requires a DC supply of 3 V, consumes 7.5 mA of current while transmitting, 5.4 mA of current while receiving and 0.4 µA of current in sleep mode. Click here for more details.
Bluetooth V4.1 Smart (Low Energy) Single-Mode Module
The SESUB-PAN-D14580 from TDK is a Bluetooth V4.1 Smart Single-Mode Module that is built for wearable devices. It is available in a space-saving ultra-small package that measures 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.0 mm. This module consumes very low power with a current consumption of 5 mA when transmitting and 5.4 mA with receiving with 0. 8 A in standby mode based on a 3 V supply. It is based on the DA14580 IC from Dialog Semiconductor. Click here for more details.
2.4 GHz Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (BLE) Module
The SaBLE-x-R2 from LSR is a 2.4 GHz certified Bluetooth low energy module. This module provides an output power of 5 dBm with a receive sensitivity of -96 dBm. It can deliver over 2x the signal range and can operate at nearly 1/3 the average power for a 1-second connection interval when compared to previous Bluetooth low energy modules. This self-contained module integrates an ARM Cortex-M3 application processor, ARM Cortex-M0 processor for the RF core, Sensor Processor Engine, flash memory, and high- and low-speed clocks. Click here for more details.
Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE) Module
The PAN1781 from Panasonic is a Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE) Module that provides advanced wireless connectivity in a small package. The module delivers a data rate of up to 2 Mbps with Tx power up to 8 dBm and Rx sensitivity of -103 dBm. It is based on the Nordic nRF52820 SoC featuring a 64 MHz ARM Cortex-M4 with embedded 256 kB flash memory and 32 kB internal RAM. It has a 128-bit AES/ECB/CCM/AAR co-processor, on-module DC/DC and LDO regulators with automated low current mode and a built-in temperature sensor. Click here for more details.
Low-Cost Bluetooth Low Energy Module for IoT Applications
The SmartBond TINY DA14531 from Dialog Semiconductor is a Bluetooth Low Energy Module with an integrated antenna. Based on a Bluetooth 5.1 SoC, this module is optimized to significantly reduce the cost of adding BLE functionality to an IoT system. Its easy-to-use design and software allow developers to quickly and intuitively develop highly functional connected devices, targeting the next generation of the connected consumer, connected medical, smart home, and smart appliance applications. The module delivers 2.2 dBm of output power and has a sensitivity of -93 dBm It requires a supply from 1.8 to 3.3V. Click here for more details.
2.4 GHz Bluetooth 5.2 Module for Industrial and Building Automation
The BGM220P from Silicon Labs is a 2.4 GHz Wireless Gecko Bluetooth Module that is designed and built to meet the performance, security, and reliability requirements of battery-powered IoT products. It supports Bluetooth 5.2 (BLE), direction-finding, and Bluetooth mesh low power node protocols. Based on the EFR32BG22 SoC, the BGM220P enables Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity while delivering the best-in-class RF range and performance with OTA firmware updates, enhanced security features, and low energy consumption. It delivers a Tx power of up to 8 dBm and has an Rx sensitivity of -98.9 dBm at 1 Mbps. Click here for more details.
Dual Mode Bluetooth 5.0 Module
The FWM7BTZ61 from Fujitsu is a Dual Mode Bluetooth 5.0 Module that is compatible with both Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth classic BR/EDR modes. The symbol rate and data rate accommodate both 1 Mbps and improved 2 Mbps to facilitate communication speeds with other Bluetooth Low Energy devices. The classic mode supports a data rate of 1 Mbps (BR: basic rate) and 2 - 3 Mbps (EDR: Enhanced Data Rate) with output power up to 4 dBm. This module is based on Cypress Semiconductor's CYW20819 SoC. Click here for more details.
Note: This list has been compiled based on actual analytics data from everything RF. It consists of the products that were most viewed by users on everything RF in a specific category in 2021 (not in any specific order).