You can now incorporate Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) technology easily in your project with BLE Mini. BLE Mini requires only a serial port for communication so it supports all major development platforms that have UART interface including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Netduino, BeagleBone etc. In addition, we provide you with access to all Ti's CC2540 I/O pins and the ability to upload firmware via USB, making the BLE Mini an ideal development/prototyping board for your BLE project/accessory/Appcessory.
Android 4.3 or above
Android devices with BLE hardware: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Samsung Note 3
iOS 7 or 8
iPhone 5/6 (all models), iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad (3rd gen or later), iPad mini (all models) and iPod touch (5th gen or later)
Or a second BLE Mini (require BLE Central role support)
Simple interface - with our pre-loaded firmware code name 'Biscuit', you could easily connect to any development board or IC with UART interface.
Compact form factor - (L)39mm x (W)18.5mm x (H)3.8mm this is a very popular request from makers using smaller Arduino boards like Arduino Mini/Micro/Nano/Pro Mini etc.
Support Central or Peripheral role - it can connect to other BLE Mini or BLE Shield, not just iOS device.
Standalone operation - Texas Instruments (TI) CC2540 is a SoC (System-on-Chip) IC that can operate without any external microcontroller. You can develop your own firmware using IAR Embedded Workbench for 8051 Compiler , all I/O pins of CC2540 are accessible.
Firmware upgradable - develop your own or download a "pre-packaged" firmware and upload to BLE Mini via the USB connector, TI CC Debugger is not required.
Provision for connection to external antenna.
Do not connect more than one power source at the same time, otherwise you will damage the board.
You have three options to power BLE Mini
- VIN pin (J4), 3.6V to 11V
- Micro USB connector, 5V
- Coin Cell Battery, 2.3V to 3.6V