Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) is a low energy mode of Bluetooth wireless technology that has an effect on power consumption especially for battery-operated applications. The attractive point of BLE lies in that it can operate while being connected to applications for smartphones and tablets. Renesas Bluetooth Low Energy solutions provide smart connections with the lowest level of power consumption in the industry and can be used in applications such as healthcare and fitness devices, home electric appliances and RFID tags that use beacons to connect them with smartphones at low power consumption without wires.
Included in Renesas' BLE product portfolio is the RX23W 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) solution that offers built-in security functions essential for Bluetooth® 5.0 Low Energy and IoT devices, as well as a wealth of peripheral functions such as touch keys, USB and CAN, and it provides system control for devices and wireless communication on a single chip. The RX23W supports full features including long range and mesh network for Bluetooth 5.0 LE. And, it supports "Channel Selection Algorithm #2", making it is more resistant to interference from other 2.4GHz RF signals and it realizes stable communication even in environments with radio interference.
The RX23W MCU incorporates a dedicated to Bluetooth high-precision low-speed on-chip oscillator, eliminating the need for external matching circuits and external capacitors.
To purchase the RX23W MCU, contact your local Renesas sales office or distributor.
The target board for RX23W incorporates an emulator circuit that can be used for your own application design without the need for further tool investments. This product provides through-holes for pin headers that allow access to all MCU signal pins, allowing for easy prototyping with a breadboard. You can begin evaluation immediately after purchasing an evaluation board using software which can be downloaded from our website.
This evaluation board is best suited for the following purposes.
- Evaluation of Renesas' RX23W device
- Evaluation of BLE functions and performance
- Use for customer's principle prototype
The Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack is the software required to operate the RX23W MCU. It conforms to the Bluetooth v5.0 specification and all BLE functions of Core Specification v5.0 can be supported. In addition, three types of libraries are provided depending on the function set, so that a configuration suitable for the specifications of the end product can be selected.
Bluetooth qualified 56 types (as of December 2019) of standard Profiles/Services are available. Among them, the Mesh profile is provided as a dedicated library "Bluetooth Mesh Package", so please use this to develop products that conform to the Bluetooth Mesh Networking specification.
Additionally, Renesas offers BLE software solutions corresponding to a wide variety of application development.
The QE for BLE is a dedicated tool for developing embedded software in systems which support the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack. This solution toolkit runs in the e2 studio integrated development environment (IDE). The combination of the e2 studio and QE for BLE makes it easy to test the communications features of Renesas' RX23W BLE microcomputer, thus reducing development periods for products being placed on the market. The standard profiles are generated from this tool. It can also design and generate the custom profile.
BTTS Windows Application
In the survey/evaluation phase of the development process, new BLE functions, API execution procedures and parameters of API can be learned by evaluating the functions and performance of Bluetooth LE supported by the RX23W using the Bluetooth Test Tool Suite (BTTS).
In the certification phase of the device, it can be used as a GUI tool to operate the device under test (DUT) in the Radio Law certification test.
The available SX-23BT microcomputer module is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 LE and includes an RX23W MCU.
- Obtained Radio Law Certification in Japan, United States, Canada, and Europe.
- Installed RX23W-BGA85 pin and fully supports the functions of RX23W.
- Employs 0.7mm pitch SMT to facilitate board mounting
- Mount SX-23BT and output each terminal to a through hole.
- By connecting the Renesas E2 emulator, immediate evaluation is possible.