Rutronic has added Minew’s new MS88SF2 multi-protocol module to its portfolio. The module is based on the SoC (System-on-Chip) nRF52840, Nordic’s most powerful short-range wireless microcontroller. It can be operated with the wireless protocols Bluetooth 5.0, ZigBee 3.0, Thread and ANT, as well as with proprietary 2.4GHz stacks.
The highly integrated module in a compact package (23.2×17.4x2mm) contains all necessary components from radio to different antennas (PCB & ceramic) and the antenna-matching network or a U.FL/IPEX antenna plug for external antenna connection. As a protection against unwanted radiation and electromagnetic waves it has a metal cover.
The powerful microcontroller offers sufficient computing power for highly complex algorithms owing to its ARM Cortex-M4F processor with a core speed of 64MHz. The 1MB flash memory cannot only hold several radio stacks but also larger customer applications and it offers enough space for data logger tasks. With on-chip DC/DC converter and low-dropout (LDO) controller as well as automated power-saving mode, the flexible power management increases the energy efficiency of the module.
The MS88SF2 is already CE, FCC, IC, TELEC and BQB certified. With its attractive pricing the module lowers the costs of building network nodes, e.g. in applications such as cycling computers, heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose meters, scales, thermometers, mobile accessories, sports and fitness sensors, remote controls and toys, key fobs and wrist bands, 3D glasses and gaming controllers.
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Engineering Review – Bearing Special October 2019
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