Communications

Module covers multiple wireless protocols

23rd January 2020
Mick Elliott

Based on the SoC (System-on-Chip) nRF52840, Nordic’s most powerful short-range wireless microcontroller, Minew’s new MS88SF2 multi-protocol module can be operated with the wireless protocols Bluetooth 5.0, ZigBee 3.0, Thread and ANT, as well as with proprietary 2.4GHz stacks.

The module is available at distributor Rutronik UK.

The highly integrated module in a compact package (23.2x17.4x2mm) contains all necessary components from radio to different antennas (PCB & ceramic) and the antenna-matching network or a U.FL/IPEX antenna plug for external antenna connection.

A metal cover ensures protection against unwanted radiation and electromagnetic waves.

With an ARM Cortex-M4F processor offering a core speed of 64MHz, the powerful microcontroller offers sufficient computing power for highly complex algorithms and also for floating-point calculations (due to the coprocessor).

The 1MB flash memory can hold several radio stacks and larger customer applications. It offers enough space for data logger tasks.

With on-chip DC/DC converter and low-dropout (LDO) controller as well as automated power-saving mode, the flexible power management increases the energy efficiency of the module.

The MS88SF2 is already CE, FCC, IC, TELEC and BQB certified. Its attractive pricing lowers the costs of building network nodes in applications such as cycling computers, heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, blood glucose meters, scales, thermometers, mobile accessories, sports and fitness sensors, remote controls and toys, key fobs and wrist bands, 3D glasses and gaming controllers.

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