Friday, June 15, 2012

Low Cost Bluetooth Low Energy Proximity Key Fob is Smaller Than a Credit Card and Can Run for a Year off a Slimline CR2025 Coin Cell

Developed by world-leading wireless sports & fitness monitoring developer and manufacturer – Dayton Industrial – that also developed the world’s first production-ready Bluetooth low energy heart-rate belt last year – the proximity key fob employs an ultra low power Nordic Semiconductor µBlue™ nRF8002 Bluetooth low energy chip and will support practically any proximity-based property location or security application

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces that Hong Kong-headquartered Dayton Industrial Co. Ltd – a world leading OEM/ODM (Original Equipment/Design Manufacturer) of wireless monitors and associated products (such as watches and bike computers) for top global sports & fitness consumer brands – has now announced a Bluetooth® low energy proximity key fob based on Nordic’s µBlue™ nRF8002 System-on-Chip (SoC) that is less than half the size of a credit card.

The nRF8002's class-leading ULP performance and size will enable the Dayton Bluetooth low energy proximity key fob to run for around a year from a regular 3V CR2025 lithium coin cell battery under typical (daily) usage conditions while featuring an extremely slim (0.5cm-thick) and compact (4.9 x 3.2cm) plastic sensor housing that features a single push button and two submerged LED status lights (one red to signal alerts, and one green to signal pairing status) within a product that weighs less than 40g. There are also additional micro-vibrator and buzzer alert options.

This production-ready product platform will allow OEMs and developers to develop a whole new range of both standard (Bluetooth v4.0 profile-based) and non-standard (uniquely developed) proximity, property location and security applications (‘apps’) for use with devices that employ Bluetooth v4.0 wireless technology such as the latest iPad and the iPhone 4S.

Bluetooth low energy is a hallmark feature of the latest Bluetooth v4.0 specification and if certain qualification requirements are met can be used to develop Bluetooth Smart devices (such as wireless sensors, peripherals, and accessories) compatible with any Bluetooth Smart Ready hub product (e.g. A smartphone, tablet/computer, and other gadget). (See ‘About Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth Smart, and Bluetooth Smart Ready’ below.)

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