Bluetooth Modules


Why use a module instead of just a BlueCore chip?
  • FCC certification required for custom RF hardware: $5k-20k
  • Bluetooth consortium licensing fee: $30k
  • BlueCore development tools and resources are proprietary
  • Modules are easier to obtain in small quantities
  • Chips come in hard-to-solder BGA packages
  • Decrease development cost and time
  • Decrease # of external components
Bluetooth single-chip transceivers
Power consumption
Price
BlueMoon PMB8763


BlueLink BRF6300


BGB210S
14 mA

BlueCore4



Fully integrated BT--Serial modules
(Exhaustive list of options)
Typical TX current
Size
Price/unit for 1
Price/unit for 1000
Notes
LMX9838
<65 mA
10 x 17 x 2 mm
$24
$19.84

BTM410
32 mA
12.5 x 22.0 x 1.6mm



RN-41
65 mA
13.2 x 25.8 x 2.05 mm
$45
$19

BlueGiga WT12


$27


BTR310
< 35 mA
24.5 x 15 x 2.8 mm




Prototyping BT--Serial boards
Typical Power consumption
Price
BT--Serial module
Notes
Sparkfun BlueSmirf Gold
25 mA
$65
RN-41
Helpful setup tips
Sparkfun BlueSmirf Silver
25 mA
$50
SF-Bluetooth