Seamless data connectivity to, or from, smartphones, tablets or PCs including iAP (iPod Accessory Protocol)
Every BTM46x series Bluetooth® module from Laird Technologies is designed to add robust, short-range Bluetooth data connectivity to any device. The BTM46x modules build on the proven BTM44x series of module hardware based on the market-leading Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) BC04 chipset. The innovative firmware on the BTM46x series allows OEMs to seamlessly support Bluetooth data connectivity for all PCs, smartphones, and tablets including Apple iOS devices. The BTM46x modules are approved by Apple as part of their MFi program (Made for iPod / iPhone / iPad).
The BTM46x modules abstract the OEM from the intricacies of Apple’s iAP protocol by handling all iAP commands, authentication, and communication with the Apple authentication co-processor. The module enables Apple licensees to leverage Bluetooth data connectivity, via the iAP protocol into their MFI accessories, and enables rapid time to market for their products.
With a compact footprint of 12.5 mm x 22 mm, the modules deliver maximum range with a minimum size. To ease integration, the modules are designed to support a separate power supply for I/O. Another integration advantage is the inclusion of a complete Bluetooth v2.1 protocol stack with support for multi-point connections and numerous Bluetooth profiles, including Serial Port Profile (SPP), HID (Human Interface Device) and Apple’s iAP protocol. BTM46x modules are fully qualified as Bluetooth End Products, enabling designers to integrate the modules in devices without the need for further Bluetooth Qualification.
An integrated AT command processor interfaces to the host system over a serial port using an extensive range of AT commands. The AT command set abstracts the Bluetooth protocol from the host application, saving many months of programming and integration time. It provides extremely short integration times for data oriented Bluetooth applications. Included firmware provides programming support for multi-point applications that use up to seven simultaneous data connections to and from the robust BTM46x modules.
It is required that any OEMs who are looking to design any product that connects to iPhones, iPads, and iPods must be registered with Apple’s MFi Program. The first port of call for OEMs looking to develop in this area is to become an Apple licensee in the MFI program at https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/ with additional FAQs available at http://mfi.apple.com/faqs.
Once the OEM has become an Apple licensee, Laird can supply the BTM46x module and associated detailed documentation.
BTM46x Features and Benefits
Please Note: Due to licensing requirements stipulated by Apple, customers must be an Apple licensee in the Apple Made for iPod (MFi) program in order to purchase the BTM46x, or to receive detailed technical documentation for the product. This includes access to DVK-BTM461 schematics, BTM46x application notes, quick start guide, and user guides. Contact Laird at email@example.com for further details and access to complete documentation.
The BTM46x Series is certified for compliance to regulatory and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) standards and specifications. Laird Technologies customers can leverage the grants, approvals, and formal test reports associated with these certifications to achieve required device certifications; for details, consult the information below. For additional guidance, contact the wireless certifications group via email.
The BTM46x Bluetooth Series has been tested for compliance to various CE and ETSI standards and specifications:
These formal test reports may be leveraged by mobile and portable device vendors as part of their self-declaration to obtain the CE mark required by members of the European Union. ETSI/CE rules differ from those of the FCC and IC in that there is no provision for a modular approval. All approvals and certifications must exist at the device level rather than the module (radio) level.
The BTM46x is fully compliant with Annex IV procedures in article 10.5 of R&TTE directive 99/5/EC.
The BTM46x is fully compliant with European Union Directive 2003/95/EC or Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) as per our Declaration of Compliance. Click to view the Statement of Compliance to EU WEEE Directive and RoHS Directive.
The BTM46x Series has been tested and found to comply with FCC Part 15 Subpart B limits. The OEM integrator should have their end product tested by a qualified test house to verify their complete device meets these limits. Specific limitations are indicated on each grant.
The BTM461 Series holds full modular approvals. The BTM46x Series is fully approved for mobile and portable applications.
The BTM46x Series is certified to the Industry Canada (IC) RSS-210 (Issued 8 December 2010) standard. IC 6616A-certification is based on FCC certification testing, using the same antennas and transmit power and covering the same frequency bands.
The BTM46x Series is certified to the Japan RF ARIB STD-T66 standard.
The BTM46x Series has received the Bluetooth SIG Qualification, the BTM46x Qualified ID can be found through this link. For more information visit the Bluetooth SIG website, here.
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