New TI Bluetooth® low energy software stack delivers over-the-air downloads and support for multiple stacks on one SoC

 New TI Bluetooth® low energy software stack delivers over-the-air downloads
                  and support for multiple stacks on one SoC

New BLE-Stack 1.3 brings faster, simplified upgrade process to TI's CC2540/1
Bluetooth v4.0 SoCs

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --With the increasing popularity and use
of single-mode Bluetooth^® low energy in automotive, home office, medical and
health, sports and fitness, and mobile and PC accessories, Texas Instruments
Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) released its newest BLE-Stack™ 1.3 software to
support continued development and enhancement of Bluetooth low energy. TI's
BLE-Stack 1.3 includes over-the-air firmware downloads (OAD), which enable
updates to CC2540/1 firmware to be downloaded from a central device, such as a
phone, tablet or PC onto the CC2540/1 system-on-chip (SoC) directly over the
RF link. OAD support helps customers save time and simplify the software
upgrade process, leaving more time to design and create new Bluetooth low
energy devices and applications.

Additionally, for customers using Bluetooth low energy and proprietary
implementations, TI's unique Boot Image Manager (BIM) allows multiple firmware
stacks to reside on a single CC2540/1 SoC. BIM enables an end-product to
support two different Bluetooth low energy stacks or a single Bluetooth low
energy stack and a single 2.4GHz proprietary stack. For more information,
visit http://www.ti.com/blestack13-pr.

"The Bluetooth low energy market is rapidly expanding because of its ease of
use and the innovative, unique applications being created to take advantage of
Bluetooth v4.0-enabled smartphones and tablets. However, barriers to entry
still remain," said Sid Shaw, worldwide business development and marketing
manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "Our new BLE-Stack 1.3 makes
development with the CC2540/41 devices even easier through over-the-air
firmware downloads, new interface support and increased tools functionality to
help developers quickly get from concept to design."

The new software features are further supported by sample applications with
extensive profile support and include upgraded network processor UART and SPI
interfaces for improved power management control. To further the development
of new Bluetooth low energy applications, the new BLE-Stack 1.3 also runs on
TI's SensorTag development kit and Mini-kit. The SensorTag development kit is
supported by OAD, iOS app and the Bluetooth low energy device monitor.

Tools, availability, packaging and price
TI BLE-Stack 1.3 Bluetooth low energy application software is available
royalty-free to all customers using TI's CC2540/1 Bluetooth low energy SoC
family. The CC2540DKMINI, CC2540DK and CC2541EMK development kits are
available on TI's eStore for USD $99, $299, and $99, respectively. TI's CC2541
SensorTag development kit is available on the eStore for USD $25.

Find out more about TI's wireless connectivity solutions

  oTI'sBluetoothlow energy solutions: http://www.ti.com/ble
  oTI's wireless connectivity solutions: www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivity
  oTI's wireless connectivity selection guide:
    www.ti.com/wirelessconnectivityguide 
  oTI E2E™ wireless connectivity support community: www.ti.com/wicon-forum

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