Jeff Rowberg
Designer of the Keyglove and other open electronic devices, based in Roanoke, VA.
Joined: March 19, 2011
Country: United States
BLE113 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE113 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE113 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE113 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
Description

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IMMINENT CHANGE: I have recently created a new storefront to accommodate the needs of a more customized approach to selling multiple variants. All of my breakout boards will no longer be available through InMojo. For all future purchases, please visit:

  • http://www.jetney.com/ble113

  • InMojo has been excellent in every regard, and this is not to reflect badly on either their platform (which is great) or staff (who have been very helpful). But there are features I need which make sense for breakouts while not being so useful for other types of products. It is more logical for me to create a custom store than ask them to rewrite their entire website. Thanks for a great venue!

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    This breakout board gives you full access to all of the pins of Bluegiga's BLE113-A-M256K Bluetooth Low Energy module. Notable features:

  • 1.3 in x 0.8 in PCB dimensions
  • Standard 0.1" pin spacing
  • Two aligned pin rows for easy breadboard mounting
  • Narrow enough to allow for pin access on both sides of a typical double-column 5-pin breadboard
  • CC debugger header (2x5-pin 0.05" pitch)
  • Module reset button
  • Power LED (can be disabled/enabled with solder jumper)
  • User LED to P0_0 (can be disabled/enabled with solder jumper)
  • Power directly from CC debugger for easy reflashing/testing (solder jumper control)
  • Preloaded with BGAPI-enabled firmware and simple GATT database

  • NOTE 1: These modules come from me with a "BLE113 BGAPI" firmware image flashed on them:

  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/BLEFirmware/BGLib_U1A1P_38400_noflow

  • This firmware has the UART1/Alt1 interface (P0_4=TXD, P0_5=RXD) enabled for BGAPI control. This firmware is NOT visible by default from BLE scanning apps or tools; advertisements must be enabled specifically with a BGAPI command (06 00 02 06 01 02 02). Once this is done, the module should be visible in LightBlue (free) and other iOS apps, and nRF Master (free) and other Android apps. This firmware allows limited UART-based reflashing using a UART DFU protocol documented on Bluegiga's Knowledge Base. However, to reprogram it from any state, you will need the TI CC Debugger:

  • http://www.ti.com/tool/cc-debugger

  • For those of you looking to use this with an Arduino or similar prototyping environment, check out my BGLib Arduino code library (and others!), complete with examples:

  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/Arduino
  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/Python
  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/MSVCSharp

  • NOTE 2: Building this by hand is REALLY not an easy task. If you are not very comfortable with SMT modules and hot-air rework, I strongly recommend buying the assembled module instead of the board itself.

    The BLE113 is a single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0) device. It is not backwards-compatible with older "regular" Bluetooth (2.0, 2.1, and 3.0) and can only communicate with other BLE devices (such as the BLE112 module, BLED112 USB dongle, iPhone 4S+, iPad 3rd Gen, or other certain new mobile devices). Details on the module are available here:

  • http://www.bluegiga.com/en-US/products/bluetooth-4.0-modules/ble113-bluetooth--smart-module

  • Check out the technical resource area of Bluegiga's site, where you can find all kinds of documentation and application notes for the BLE113 (free registration required). The Bluegiga Forum doesn't require registration to view and is an excellent resource, with many articles written by yours truly:

  • https://bluegiga.zendesk.com/forums/21316731-Knowledgebase
  • http://support.bluegiga.com/ (Bluegiga support forums)
  • http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Category:BluetoothLE (TI BLE wiki)

  • You can buy the BLE113 module itself from SemiconductorStore or Mouser for about $13:

  • http://www.semiconductorstore.com/cart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=48447
  • http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Bluegiga-Technologies/BLE113-A-v1/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMsGelYiB%252bjhZpS9PJgNT5YFf7JrVEBvX8iq4UNDNpHamQ%3d%3d

  • A full Mouser project with single-module quantities of all parts for the current version 2.0 of the board is here:

  • https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=73297aa31a
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    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE113 based)

    The board creation has been inspired by the excellent work of Jeff Rowberg: http://www.inmojo.com/store/jeff-rowberg/item/ble113-bluetooth-low-energy-breakout The major difference - a power supply circuit - which allows a wider range of power ...



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