New Toshiba IC Supports Two Bluetooth Communications Methods

         New Toshiba IC Supports Two Bluetooth Communications Methods

Device adds Serial Port Profile and Generic Attribute Profile Supporting
Bluetooth v4.0

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Toshiba America Electronic
Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology
companies to create breakthrough designs, today launches its TC35661SBG-501, a
new device that includes the Serial Port Profile (SPP) and Generic Attribute
Profile (GATT) to support the Bluetooth^® v4.0 communications standard.
Bluetooth v4.0 offers wireless connectivity to a wide range of devices, and
adds Bluetooth ^ Low Energy (BLE) which reduces power consumption in products
such as sensors, remote controllers, thermostats, long-lasting wearable
computing devices, and other low-power applications.

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"Toshiba has a variety of power and cost saving solutions to support products
implementing Bluetooth communications," says Deepak Mithani, director Mixed
Signal Business Unit at TAEC. "The TC35661SBG-501 keeps pace with updates to
the standard and makes it easy to add new capabilities in Bluetooth
communications without any product redesign. Toshiba is committed to
delivering solutions like these that support the evolving Bluetooth standard
for next-generation wireless communications."

The SPP uses Bluetooth Classic basic data rate to attach to a host PC's COM
port, and the GATT mode is used in BLE "Smart Bluetooth" applications. The SPP
makes a device look like it's connected to a serial port on the Bluetooth host
without needing a serial cable. The GATT profile shares information with
low-power BLE devices. The TC35661SBG-501 gives user an easy way to implement
a Bluetooth device capable of connecting to either Bluetooth Classic, or BLE
host devices without requiring any profile software on the host. The only
requirement is an available serial port.

In both cases, users don't need to implement the SPP or GATT profiles on an
MCU. Normally, the SPP and GATT profiles would run on the host processor
requiring a powerful MCU. By incorporating these profiles into the Bluetooth
transceiver, Toshiba makes it possible to implement Bluetooth systems with a
lower-cost MCU, in some cases even eliminating the need for an MCU altogether.

The operating voltage of the TC35661SBG-501 is 1.8V or 3.3V. The device comes
in a5mm x 5mm, 0.5mm ball pitch TFBGA package. It has a UART, I^2C, and GPIO
interface and is designed for low-power operation incorporating sleep mode and
a host wake-up function. The device includes a complete RF section, and
integrated balun requiring very few external components to implement a
complete Bluetooth radio.

Pricing and Availability
Sample pricing for the TC35661SBG-501device is $5.00 (U.S.). Sample shipments
are currently available with mass production scheduled for November, 2013. The
device is also available in a ready-to-use module.

*About TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable
electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading
designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs,
ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A
committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures
high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs),
hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices,
advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products,
microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading
smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics,
enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating
company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation,
Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's fifth largest
semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue,
April, 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554
subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's
web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and
specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and
believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to
change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained
here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.
In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within
specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product
specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for
Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This
information is available at
http://www.toshiba.com/taec/support/techquestions/index.jspor from your TAEC
representative.

The Bluetooth® trademark is owned by the Bluetooth® SIG

Agency Contact:             Company Contact:
Nancy Sheffield             Deborah Chalmers 
Acclaim Communications      Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
Tel.: (408) 410-9928        Tel.: (408) 526-2454
nsheffield@acclaimcomms.com deborah.chalmers@taec.toshiba.com

SOURCE Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

Website: http://www.toshiba.com/taec
 
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