Microchip expands wireless IC offering with 12 products that further simplify Bluetooth® integration

May 30, 2024

  • Dedicated Bluetooth Low Energy/BLE offering includes modules, system-on-chip/SoC devices and plug-and-play options
  • Developers face many obstacles when adding Bluetooth® to their products – from limited knowledge and resources, budget constraints and time pressure, to difficult performance and integration requirements.

Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) is expanding its range of BLE solutions with 12 new products that offer developers a comprehensive choice to overcome these hurdles and break down the barriers of simple to sophisticated designs. These new products include the radio-ready WBZ350 module and the PIC32CX-BZ3 SoC device, which provides an easy entry point for integrating a BLE MCU. The list of all 12 new products can be found on Microchip’s Bluetooth Low Energy website.

Rishi Vasuki, Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Business Unit at Microchip, said: ‘Choice is becoming increasingly important when integrating Bluetooth into products of all kinds. Developers need options and the ability to switch between them as their skills and application needs evolve.

No other supplier provides BLE solutions that are as easy to use as our plug-and-play modules, or offers the same choice for more advanced designs – all from a single source. Function and simplicity or innovation and rapid development can be optimally balanced.’

In addition to the Bluetooth MCUs, Microchip offers the RNBD350 plug-and-play module, which adds BLE to designs at a lower cost and with less complexity. The module minimises the time, cost and engineering resources required for wireless designs that require regulatory certification and software development. For experienced developers who want more flexibility, Microchip offers robust, radio-based multi-protocol MCU SoCs.

Applications for Microchip’s new BLE ICs include IoT smart home and building systems, industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions and automotive.

Developers using the expanded BLE offering for entry-level applications will benefit from a simple development process, in-house support and development tools without compromising on Bluetooth functionality.

In addition, Microchip’s MCU expertise will help them with product selection and the ability to easily upgrade to more advanced BLE options when they are ready to tackle more demanding design challenges.

Developers can also tap into Microchip’s growing range of wireless ICs for end-to-end solutions. Here, common wireless ICs for Wi-Fi®, Zigbee®, Thread and Sub-GHz are available, designed to work seamlessly with the Bluetooth offering.

Development tools

Microchip supports customers with a comprehensive range of development tools, software and app source code for iOS® and Android® platforms, building blocks, application examples, demos and free design check services to drive product development.

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