Jeff Rowberg
Designer of the Keyglove and other open electronic devices, based in Roanoke, VA.
Joined: March 19, 2011
Country: United States
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy Breakout
Description

SHIPPING EXPLANATION:

  • Worldwide - Standard: 7-14 Business Days - $6.00
    (USPS First Class International, not tracked or insured)
  • Worldwide - Express: 3-5 Business Days - $45.00
    (USPS Express International Flat Rate, tracked and insured)
  • Domestic (United States) - Standard: 3-7 Business Days - $2.00
    (USPS First Class, tracked but not insured)
  • Domestic (United States) - Express: 2 Business Days - $20.00
    (USPS Express Flat Rate, tracked and insured)

  • ITEMS SHIPPED WITHOUT INSURANCE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER. I have had some trouble shipping to Germany particularly with the $6 USPS First Class International shipping method. You are welcome to choose any method, but keep the risks in mind.

    This breakout board gives you full access to all of the pins of Bluegiga's BLE112 Bluetooth Low Energy module. Notable features:

  • Standard 0.1" pin spacing
  • Two aligned pin rows for easy breadboard mounting
  • Narrow enough to allow for pin access on both sides of a typical double-column 5-pin breadboard
  • Micro USB port for power + data (when USB enabled on the module)
  • CC debugger header (2x5-pin 0.05" pitch)
  • Module reset button
  • Power LED (can be disabled/enabled with solder jumper)
  • User LED to P0_0 (can be disabled/enabled with solder jumper)
  • Power directly from CC debugger for easy reflashing/testing (solder jumper control)
  • Special 5V pin routed to USB 5V and through 3.3v regulator for > 3.3v supply (solder jumper control)
  • Follows Bluegiga's reference design for USB circuits
  • Preloaded with BGAPI-enabled firmware and simple GATT database

  • NOTE 1: These modules come from me with a "BLE112 BGAPI" firmware image flashed on them:

  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/BLEFirmware/BGLib_U1A1P_38400_noflow

  • This has the USB interface enabled for DFU updates and the UART interface enabled for BGAPI control. This firmware is NOT visible by default from BLE scanning apps or tools; advertisements must be enabled specifically with a BGAPI command (06 00 02 06 01 02 02). Once this is done, the module should be visible in LightBlue (free) and other iOS apps (no reliable Android support known yet). This firmware also allows USB reprogramming using Bluegiga's "dfutool.exe" from their SDK. However, to reprogram it from any state, you will need the TI CC Debugger:

  • http://www.ti.com/tool/cc-debugger

  • For those of you looking to use this with an Arduino or similar prototyping environment, check out my BGLib Arduino code library (and others!), complete with examples:

  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/Arduino
  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/Python
  • https://github.com/jrowberg/bglib/tree/master/MSVCSharp

  • NOTE 2: Building this by hand is not an easy task. If you are not very comfortable with SMT modules and hot-air rework, I strongly recommend buying the assembled module instead of the board itself.

    The BLE112 is a single-mode Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth 4.0) device. It is not backwards-compatible with older "regular" Bluetooth (2.0, 2.1, and 3.0) and can only communicate with other BLE devices (such as the BLED112 USB dongle, iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd Gen, or other certain very new mobile devices). Details on the module are available here:

  • http://www.bluegiga.com/en-US/products/bluetooth-4.0-modules/ble112-bluetooth--smart-module

  • Check out the technical resource area of Bluegiga's site, where you can find all kinds of documentation and application notes for the BLE112 (free registration required). The Bluegiga Forum doesn't require registration to view and is an excellent resource, with many articles written by yours truly:

  • https://bluegiga.zendesk.com/forums/21316731-Knowledgebase
  • http://support.bluegiga.com/ (Bluegiga support forums)
  • http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Category:BluetoothLE (TI BLE wiki)

  • You can buy the BLE112 module itself from SemiconductorStore or Mouser for about $15:

  • http://www.semiconductorstore.com/cart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=46652
  • http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Bluegiga-Technologies/BLE112-A/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMt1Kg3wsyvxe2VNUu4igQjl

  • A full Mouser project with single-module quantities of all parts for the current version 2.1 of the board is here:

  • https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=5b6105b2f7
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    Destination & Service Shipping Time Cost
    Worldwide - Standard 7-14 Business Days $6.00 for first item, $0.00 for each additional item
    Worldwide - Express 3-5 Business Days $45.00 for first item, $0.00 for each additional item
    Domestic (United States) - Standard 3-7 Business Days $2.00 for first item, $0.00 for each additional item
    Domestic (United States) - Express 2 Business Days $20.00 for first item, $0.00 for each additional item
    * shipping times are estimates.
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    $50.00
    Assembled
    - Ships in 2 days -
    BLE112 Breakout Board v2.1 with mounted BLE112 module and required components. Just add header pins of your choice! (BGAPI-READY FIRMWARE)
    $6.00
    PCB only
    (only 3 left!)
    - Ships in 2 days -
    BLE112 Breakout Board v2.1 (PCB only, no parts included). Some SMD work required to mount the module (pin pitch is 0.04") and other parts.
    Note: If shipping internationally, special local taxes (VAT) and customs may apply and are not included in prices or invoices unless otherwise noted. All prices are in USD.
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