Proven performance: antenna-less PAN1316C

8th June 2022
Kiera Sowery

 A modern device’s housing is supposed to fulfil several criteria at the same time: Being compact and, for instance, rugged or waterproof at the same time might lead to the undesirable consequence of radio waves hitting an impermeable housing  structure.

With the new PAN1316C, Panasonic Industry has now tackled this particular issue und succeeded in offering a solution to circumvent a housing’s apparent RF unfriendliness:

The dual-mode PAN1316C, supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Classic is ready for the connection of an external antenna via bottom pin, but – as its “sibling” - comes with all the PAN1326C2’s convincing specs as Host Controlled Interface (HCI) Bluetooth Radio Frequency (RF) module.

“We are happy that we have been able to elimininate some developers’ headaches with the PAN1316C”, commented Tomislav Tipura from Panasonic Industry Europe, “and that this outstanding technology is now also available for applications with housings that are anything but ready for radio waves.” 

With a a tiny footprint of only 58,5mm² (9 0mm × 6.5mm ×1.8mm  and coming with the CC2564C, Texas Instruments seventh generation Bluetooth core integrated circuit, it offers best-in-class performance - about twice the range of other Bluetooth Low Energy solutions.

Next to the UART interface, the module contains a audio/voice codec interface which is a  fully-dedicated  programmable  serial  port  that  provides  the  logic  to interface  to  several  kinds  of  PCM  or  I2S  codec’s. The wide operating temperature range is -40°C up to +85°C and the supply voltage range is 1.8V up to 4.8V.

Particularly convenient: The PAN1316C is even 100 % pin-compatible with previous generations of Texas Instruments-based Bluetooth HCI modules.

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