Bluetooth 5 prototypers, this one’s for you.
The Bluetooth Xpress BGX13P Evaluation Kit from Silicon Labs is – you guessed it – based on the BGX13P Bluetooth module. That module includes a Bluetooth 5 radio with programmable output power, all of the PHYs required by the Bluetooth 5 spec, and integrated low-frequency oscillator for transitioning into sleep states. This technology suite enables a range of up to 200 m line-of-sight. But the highlight of this kit really isn’t the hardware. It’s the software that counts. The BGX13P comes pre-loaded with Si Labs’ full Bluetooth 5 protocol stack and cable replacement firmware that runs the company’s Gecko OS. These elements allow you to connect the kit to a companion smartphone app – BGX Commander – without doing any programming at all. Just plug the device into a PC via the microUSB interface, fire up a terminal app, and start sending commands and data between your smartphone and the kit.
Since there’s no micro on the board, a 20-pin female connector socket allows you to connect to more robust starter kits like the EFM8 or EFM32 boards, also from Silicon Labs. If you’re interested in learning more about the Bluetooth Xpress BGX13P Evaluation Kit, you can find out a www.silabs.com/start-bgx. There you can also find info on where to buy the kit, which will set you back $21.27. Or, fill out the raffle here and see if you can win this one for free:
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