TI Releases New Bluetooth Low Energy Profiles

To help developers get a jump on designing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless technology into medical devices, Texas Instruments (TI) this week announced the addition of new BLE profiles to its software development kit.

We’ve talked before about what BLE means for medical electronics designers. This key feature of Bluetooth v4.0 is going to enable some pretty cool medical products, such as wireless thermometers and heart rate products. The 10 new profiles and associated sample applications released by TI, which recently achieved Bluetooth Special Interest Group certification, are meant to boost market development of BLE-compliant sensor devices, according to a press reelase from the company.

Part of TI’s BLE-Stack software development kit and available royalty-free to anyone using the company’s CC2540 BLE system-on-chip, the application software requires no external microcontroller and features a free tool for testing BLE peripheral applications, among other benefits.

Sid Shaw, TI’s product marketing manager for low-power RF said in a statement:

We are proud to be the only company to offer this range of profiles to date, allowing our customers to realize their product ideas more quickly and participate in early interoperability testing with their devices against dual-mode devices. Our BLE-Stack adds support for adopted profiles as well as profiles expected to be adopted in the near future. With additional tools updates and our new extensive development kit, designers will now have access to the latest and greatest tools to develop single-mode Bluetooth low energy applications.”

—Jamie Hartford