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PRESS RELEASE: connectBlue™ Releases a Turnkey Bluetooth Low Energy Module

February 14, 2012

connectBlue launches a new Bluetooth module based on the latest Bluetooth Specification Version 4.0, featuring Bluetooth low energy technology. The Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 offers a unique set of features and functionality that provides customers with a turnkey complete solution. The OLP425 can either be delivered as is with digital and analog GPIOs or complete with battery, temperature sensor, accelerometers, and humidity sensor.

Bluetooth low energy technology was introduced in 2010 in the Bluetooth v4.0 Specification. Bluetooth low energy technology is rapidly being integrated in small mobile Android / Apple iOS / Windows devices thanks to the unique features of an extremely long battery lifetime, fast connection times and interoperability focus provided by the standard. Industrial and medical customers can now easily utilize "apps" for Human Machine Interface (HMI), gateway and data acquisition functionality. In the past they had to rely on application tailored tools; now they can use a smart phone instead.

"But we can offer more than "just" the Bluetooth low energy advantages," says Rolf Nilsson, CEO of connectBlue. "Our new OLP425 module is a unique low energy platform; our hardware is either delivered out-of-the-box or it is extra-equipped with added features. The customers then embed their own application software. All in all – our new module provides a complete and cost efficient Bluetooth low energy experience."

connectBlue's Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 is delivered with a number of digital and analogue GPIOs. The module can be equipped to support additional customer requirements with a coin cell battery, temperature sensor, accelerometers, and humidity sensor. Using the IAR Embedded Workbench, the customers then embed their own application software in the Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425. Such possible customer application software includes machine / device access and asset management, data conversion, data acquisition, and logic.

Since Bluetooth low energy technology is particularly suitable for small, mobile devices, connectBlue is introducing a new smaller connectBlue module standard with the Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425. The Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 is radio type approved for FCC, IC and R&TTE, compliant with EMC, Safety and Medical standards, and Bluetooth 4.0 qualified. These certificates allow customers to save on development resources and easily integrate wireless communication without having to go through lengthy and costly approval and qualification processes.

An application scenario for the Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 is the collaboration between connectBlue and Tridentify (which was announced on October 12, 2011). The solution revolutionizes the handling of blood bags as it allows blood banks to increase blood availability, tracking and quality.

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connectBlue's new Bluetooth low energy platform module OLP425 opens up possibilities for new applications which were previously not possible with the existing wireless technologies. Thanks to its small form factor, ultra-low power usage, full certification and testing, the low energy platform offers a turnkey wireless functionality either out-of-the-box with GPIOs or custom designed with a coin cell battery, temperature sensor, accelerometer, and humidity meter.

About connectBlue
connectBlue™ is a leading provider of robust Industrial and Medical wireless solutions, designed and tested for the most demanding applications and environments. Based on Bluetooth technology, Wireless LAN (WLAN) and IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee, connectBlue provides ready-to-use products and modules as well as custom design solutions. connectBlue has its head office in Sweden and local offices in Germany and USA. For more information, please visit www.connectblue.com

The connectBlue word mark and logo are owned by connectBlue AB.

For further information

connectBlue – Americas:
Bill Saltzstein, President connectBlue, Inc.
Phone: + 1 425.442.5854
Email: bill.saltzstein@connectBlue.com  

connectBlue – Asia-Pacific:
Pelle Svensson, APAC Business Development Director
Phone: +46 40 6307103
Email: pelle.svensson@connectblue.com

connectBlue – Europe, Middle East & Africa:
Martin Engdahl, Sales Director
Phone: +46 40 6307123
Email: martin.engdahl@connectblue.com