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Dialog Semiconductor's Bluetooth Smart Device Begins Volume Production

January 30, 2014

Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of power management, AC/DC, solid state lighting and short-range wireless technologies, announced that the DA14580 SmartBond System-on-Chip (SoC), a Bluetooth Smart device, is now in production.

According to a release, the DA14580 SmartBond SoC, more than doubles the battery life of an application-enabled smartphone accessory, wearable device or computer peripheral in comparison to competing solutions on the market. In combination with a variety of analog and digital interfaces and including an embedded ARM Cortex M0 processor, the DA14580 has the lowest power available with less than 15mW active, 600 nA standby current, and with the smallest package sized at 2.5x2.5x0.5mm, is half the size of competing solutions.

The DA14580 has also successfully passed the Bluetooth Qualification process. Customers can now design with this device fully confident in the knowledge that it passes the requirements of the Bluetooth v4.0 specification, which ensures customers have access to quality products that interoperate with each other across the Bluetooth ecosystem. The DA14580 is now officially listed on the Bluetooth SIG site as a certified Bluetooth controller subsystem and host. The Qualified Design ID (QDID) is used by end customers as part of their product listing when putting a product on the market. The qualification allows Dialog customers to leverage Dialog's QDID status to simplify their own qualification process.

SmartBond, is designed to enable consumers to use innovative new apps on their smartphones and tablets that can easily connect with watches, fitness- bands and monitors, medical, sporting remote control, computer peripherals and a vast and fast growing number of other applications.

Additionally, Dialog has worked with a number of leading module manufacturers including Panasonic Industrial Devices Europe Gmbh to develop tiny modules allowing product designers with little RF expertise to rapidly create unique Bluetooth Smart applications. Panasonic selected the DA14580 for their next-generation Bluetooth Smart modules, which are expected to launch in the first quarter of 2014.

Sean McGrath, Senior Vice-President & General Manager of the Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial business unit at Dialog commented, 'This is a really exciting period for us. Our experienced design team has achieved something very special and together with our early customers, we expect the DA14580 to enable breakthrough applications - Panasonic's new module being a great example. Bluetooth Smart products rely on three key aspects: low-power, optimised system cost and small form factor. The DA14580 delivers on all three of these while requiring the fewest external components when compared to competing solutions. This qualification provides our customers with further confidence that the end product they market can be sold as an official Bluetooth product, cementing consumer confidence in the product's capabilities', added McGrath.

A complete development kit is available at the Dialog website. It allows product developers to take full advantage of the key features of the DA14580 in their specific application. The DA14580 is also delivered with SmartSnippets, a tool suite which integrates a fully qualified Bluetooth Smart single mode stack supporting both master and slave roles.

More Information:

http://support.dialog-semiconductor.com

www.diasemi.com

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