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Introduction

cB-OBS418 is a small size Classic Bluetooth module based on the Texas Instrument CC2560 radio chip and a ST Microelectronics STM32F10x microprocessor. The module is a direct replacement of the cB-OBS410 module. The module is available in different configurations (see Product Variants) with internal antenna or a U.FL. connector for connecting an External antenna.

The hardware of the cB-OBS418 products are referred as cB-0946 and the module is Type Approved with the type name cB-0946.


Figure 1: cB-OBS418i-04 OEM Serial Port Adapter with internal antenna

Related Documents

There are some documents related to the Serial Port Adapter:

  • The Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands document contains a description of the AT commands supported in the Serial Port Adapter. It also contains information on how to use the AT commands to create Bluetooth applications.
  • The cB-OBS418 Electrical Mechanical Datasheet (this document) contains important information about the OEM Serial Port Adapter. Read this document if you are using the OEM Serial Port Adapter.
  • The Bluetooth Qualification Guide contains a step by step guide that describes how to create a Bluetooth end product listing for products integrating the cB-OBS418.

Product Variants

The module is available in two antenna options.

Table 1: Product variants

Product Name

Regulatory ID
FCC ID
IC ID
MIC ID

Bluetooth Type 

Description

 

cB-OBS418i-04

cB-0946 
PVH0946 
5325A-0946
204-210003

Single mode
Classic Bluetooth

OEM Serial Port Adapter 418 with internal antenna, board-to-board and solder pads.

cB-OBS418x-04

cB-0946 
PVH0946 
5325A-0946
204-210003

Single mode
Classic Bluetooth

OEM Serial Port Adapter 418 with U.FL. connector for external antenna, board-to-board and solder pads.

Block Diagram

 

Figure 2: Block diagram of cB-OBS418

Electrical Interface and Connectors

This section describes the signals available on the module interface connectors. There are three ways to connect to the OEM Serial Port Adapter:

  • Via the PCB solder pads on the edge of the PCB, J6 (see Figure 3). See Section "Using the J6 PCB solder pads" for more information.
  • Via the 2x20-pin 1mm pitch board-to-board (one piece part) connectors, J2 through J3. The J2 to J3 connectors on the OEM Serial Port Adapter exist on the module only as a mating PCB-layout pattern (see Figure 3). See Section "Using the J2/J3 Board-to-Board Connectors" for more information.


Figure 3: The solder pads J6 are available on the long edges of the bottom side of the PCB. The board-to-board connector pads J2-J3 are located between the mounting holes.

Pin Numbering

J2, J3 and J6 bottom side connectors

Figure 5: Bottom view of the PCB with the pin numbering of the J2, J3 and the J6 connectors.

Pin Description

Table 2: Signals description.

J2 Pin Nbr

J3
Pin Nbr

J6 Pin Nbr

Signal Name

Signal Level

Type

IO pin Nbr

Description

1-2

8, 12

3, 25***

VSS

Ground

 

-

GND

3-4

-

4

VCC_3V3

3.3 V

In

-

3.0 - 6.0 VDC power supply

5-10

5, 9-10, 15-18

14-17, 19-21, 29, 35-36

-

-

-

-

Reserved, do not connect.

-

14

23

-

CMOS

In/Out

10

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

13

24

-

CMOS

In/Out

11

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

11

26

-

CMOS

In/Out

12

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

7

27

-

CMOS

In/Out

13

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

6

28

-

CMOS

In/Out

14

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

1

31

-

CMOS

In/Out

15

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

2

32

-

CMOS

In/Out

16

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

3

33

-

CMOS

In/Out

17

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

-

4

34

-

CMOS

In/Out

18

AT command controlled IO pin. See the "Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands" documentation for more info.

11

-

7

RED/Mode

CMOS

Out

2

RED:Logic Red LED Signal (see the Operating Status section). Active low.

Mode: Not used on cB-OBS418. This pin is also used to select Logic level mode (instead of RS232) for connectBlue products with internal RS232 driver. To be compatible with these products check the datasheet for these products about this signal.

12

-

6

Switch-0

CMOS

In

1

Used for the "Connect on external signal" function, see the Serial Port Adapter AT command Specification for more information on the Function switch. Active low.

A secondary function is that the module will restore all factory settings if both the Switch-1 and Switch-0 signals are low during start up.

See the Serial Port Adapter AT command Specification for more information on the Restoring Default Configuration functionality.

See section Switch-0 Signal for design examples.

13

-

8

GREEN/Switch-1

CMOS

In/Out

3

This signal is multiplexed:
GREEN:Logic Green LED Signal (see the Operating Status section). Not valid until 500ms after startup. Active low.

Switch-1: If the level on this pin is pulled-down** the unit goes back to default serial settings. The Switch-1 input is only active during the first 500ms after startup. The module will restore all factory settings if both the Switch-1 and Switch-0 signals are low during start up.
 
See the Serial Port Adapter AT command Specification for more information on the Restoring Default Configuration functionality.

See section GREEN/Switch-1 for design examples.

14

-

9

BLUE

CMOS

Out

4

Logic Blue LED Signal (see the Operating Status section). Active low.
Note:Signal will flicker at data transmission.

See section BLUE Signal for design examples.

15

-

10

UART-CTS*

CMOS

In

5

Clear To Send. Hardware flow control. Active low.

16

-

11

UART-TxD*

CMOS

Out

6

Transmit Data. "0" : Low, "1" : High

17

-

12

UART-RTS*

CMOS

Out

7

Request To Send. Hardware flow control. Active low.

18

-

13

UART-RxD*

CMOS

In

8

Receive Data. "0" : Low, "1" : High

19

-

5

UART-DTR*

CMOS

Out

0

Data Terminal Ready. Active low.

20

-

18, 30***

UART-DSR*

CMOS

In

9

Data Set Ready. Active low.

-

19

1,
22***

CMOS

In

 

Hardware reset

-

20

2

VCC_2V85

2.85 V

Out

-

Regulated interface voltage for voltage level shifting, max 10mA.

* All signals are logic level UART signals (typically 0 - 2.85VDC).
** Use max 4.7kOhm as pull-down which is different to previous product generations from connectBlue.
*** Alternative signal pin recommended to use in new designs (both signal pins should be connected).

Characteristics

The cB-OBS418 module has linear power supplies, which means that the current is constant if the voltage supply is changed.

Power supply

NOTE

Read the Guidelines for Efficient and Safe Use before using the modules.


Table 3: Power supply

Symbol

Parameter

 

Value

Unit

VCC_3V3

Power supply

Min

3.0

VDC

 

 

Max

6.0

VDC

The module is equipped with internal linear voltage regulators.

A power reduction feature is available, but is not enabled by default. The power reduction feature can be enable with the command AT*AMWFM (see Bluetooth Serial Port Adapter AT Commands for information).

Table 4: Current consumption

Mode
VCC_3V3 = 3.3V

 

 

ICC

Unit

Not connected

Connectable, discoverable

Average

12

mA

 

 

Peak

52

mA

Connected

Idle or Receiving

Average

13

mA

 

 

Peak

64

mA

Transmitting @115.2kbit/s

 

Average

20

mA

 

 

Peak

67

mA

Inquiry

 

Average

35

mA

 

 

Peak

65

mA

Input/Output signals

Table 5: Input/output signals

Symbol

Parameter

 

Value

Unit

VIN Low

Logic LOW level input voltage

Min

-0.50

V

 

 

Max

0.80

V

VIN High

Logic HIGH level input voltage

Min

2.00

V

  Typ3.00V

 

 

Max

3.35

V

VOUT Low

Logic LOW level output voltage

Max

0.40

V

VOUT High

Logic HIGH level output voltage

Min

2.40

V

  Typ3.00V

IIO

Sink and source current

Max

4

mA

CIO

I/O pin capacitance

Typ

5

pF

R IN_PULL-UP

Input signals (including ) internal pull-up

Min

30

kOhm

 

 

Typ

40

kOhm

 

 

Max

50

kOhm

t Reset

Reset pulse length

Min

300

ns

Environmental

Table 6: Temperatures characteristics

Parameter

 

Value

Unit

Storage temperature

Min

-40

°C

 

Max

+125

°C

Operating temperature

Min

-30

°C

 

Max

+85

°C

 

Hardware Reset

A hardware input is available on the J3 and J6 connectors (see Pin Numbering). An external reset source must be open drain collector, see section Reset for design examples. The pin is internally pulled-up with 30kOhm. All signal pins are floating in reset state.

Operating Status

The module can be in different modes (see the Serial Port Adapter AT command Specification for more information about the modes) and the RED, GREEN and BLUE signals can be used to detect or indicate the status. The LED signals are active LOW.

Table 7: Signal states in different module modes

Serial Port Adapter Mode

Status

RGB LED Color

GREEN GPIO

BLUE GPIO

RED GPIO

Data mode

IDLE

Green

LOW

HIGH

HIGH

AT mode

IDLE

Orange

LOW

HIGH

LOW

Data mode, AT mode

CONNECTING*

Purple

HIGH

LOW

LOW

Data mode, AT mode

CONNECTED*

Blue

HIGH

LOW

HIGH

*On data activity the active LEDs flashes and will be HIGH for 50-100ms. For information on how to suppress the flashes see section BLUE Signal.

DTR signal can be set to indicate an active Bluetooth link. For more information see Serial Port Adapter AT command Specification.

Antennas

This chapter gives an overview of the different antenna options.

There are 2 different antenna options available:

  • Internal surface mounted (SMD) antenna.
  • An U.FL. connector for external antennas. Different types of external antennas are available.

The sections below lists the antennas that are included in the radio type approvals of the module. For each antenna the "Approvals" field defines in which test reports the antenna is included. Definitions of the "Approvals" field are:

  • FCC - The antenna is included in the FCC test reports, and thus approved for use in countries that accept the FCC radio approvals, primarily US.
  • IC - The antenna is included in the IC (Industrie Canada) test reports, and thus approved for use in countries that accept the IC radio approvals, primarily Canada.
  • R&TTE - The antenna is included in the R&TTE test reports, and thus approved for use in countries that accept the R&TTE radio approvals, primarily the European countries.
  • TELEC - The antenna is included in the Japanese government affiliated TELEC test reports, and thus approved for use in the Japanese market.

In general, antennas with SMD antenna, Reverse Polarity SMA connector or U.FL connector are included in FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC radio tests. Antennas with SMA connector are in general included in R&TTE and TELEC radio tests but not FCC or IC due to FCC/IC regulations.

Surface Mounted Antennas (Internal)

Part Number

cB-OBS418i

 

Antenna name

FR05-S1-N-0-102

Manufacture

Fractus

 

Gain

1 dBi

 

Antenna size (LxWxH)

7.0 x 3.0 x 2.0 mm

 

Comment

The antenna gain is very dependent of the mounting of the module.
See section Antenna Issues for mounting the module considering the antenna.

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC

 

External antennas

The external antennas are connected to the board through a U.FL connector. Some of the antennas are connected directly to the U.FL connector of the board and some are connected using an SMA or reversed polarity SMA connector through a short U.FL to SMA or reversed polarity SMA adapter cable.

Antennas with a part number in the form "cB-ACC-XX" are available for orders via the connectBlue distribution network. For information about other antennas please contact connectBlue.

Antenna Accessories

Part Number

cB-ACC-18 / cB-ACC-48

 

Name

U.FL to SMA adapter cable

Connector

U.FL and SMA jack (outer thread and pin receptacle)

 

Cable length

120 mm

 

Cable loss

Less than 0.5dB

 

Comment

The SMA connector may be mounted in a panel.

 

Approval

R&TTE and TELEC

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-38

 

Name

U.FL to reverse polarity SMA adapter cable

Connector

U.FL and reverse polarity SMA jack (outer thread and pin)

 

Cable length

120 mm

 

Cable loss

Less than 0.5dB

 

Comment

The reverse polarity SMA connector may be mounted in a panel.  

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC

 

Recommended antennas

Part Number

cB-ACC-61

 

Name

Ex-IT 2400 RP-SMA 28-001

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 12.0 x 28.0 mm

 

Connector

Reverse Polarity SMA plug (inner thread and pin receptacle)

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL to Reverse Polarity SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-38).
An SMA version antenna is also available but not recommended to use (Ex-IT 2400 SMA 28-001).

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-63

 

Name

Ex-IT 2400 MHF 28

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 12.0 x 28.0 mm

 

Cable length

100 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-64

 

Name

Ex-IT 2400 RP-SMA 70-002

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 10 x 83 mm

 

Connector

Reverse Polarity SMA plug (inner thread and pin receptacle)

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL to Reverse Polarity SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-38).
An SMA version antenna is also available but not recommended to use (Ex-IT 2400 SMA 70-002).

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-60

 

Name

Ex-IT 2400 MHF 70-001

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 9.4 x 70.5 mm

 

Cable length

100 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-57

 

Name

InSide-2400

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

27 x 12 mm (triangular)

 

Cable length

100 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-66

 

Name

FlatWhip-2400

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 50.0 x 30.0 mm

 

Connector

SMA plug (inner thread and pin)

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL to SMA adapter cable.

 

Approval

R&TTE and TELEC 

 

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-67

 

Name

Outside-2400

Manufacture

ProAnt

 

Gain

+3.0 dBi

 

Size

36.0 x 18.0 x 16.0 mm

 

Cable length

70 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

Alternative antennas


The alternative antennas are available for backward compability but not recommended for new designs.

Part Number

cB-ACC-16 / cB-ACC-36

 

Name

WCR2400-SMA / WCR2400-SMRP

Manufacture

Laird Technologies/ Centurion

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

100 mm (Straight)

 

Connector

cB-ACC-16: SMA plug (inner thread and pin)
cB-ACC-36: Reverse Polarity SMA plug (inner thread and pin receptacle)

 

Comment

cB-ACC-16 is to be used together with the U.FL to SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-18 or cB-ACC-48). 
cB-ACC-36 is to be used together with the U.FL to Reverse Polarity SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-38).

 

Approval

cB-ACC-36: FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC
cB-ACC-16: R&TTE and TELEC

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-27 / cB-ACC-29

 

Name

WCR-2400-IP04 / WCR-2400-IP10

Manufacture

Laird Technologies/ Centurion

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

108 mm (Straight)

 

Cable length

cB-ACC-27: 100 mm
cB-ACC-29: 250 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB.  

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-23

 

Name

PSTG0-2400HS

Manufacture

Mobile Mark Communications Antennas

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 9.5 x 26 mm

 

Connector

SMA plug (inner thread and pin)

 

Comment

To be used together with the U.FL to SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-18 or cB-ACC-48).
An alternative Reverse Polarity SMA version antenna is available (PSTG0-2400HRS).

 

Approval

R&TTE and TELEC

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-28

 

Name

NanoBlue-IP04

Manufacture

Laird

 

Polarization

Linear

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

47.8 x 12.7 x 0.9 mm

 

Cable length

100 mm

 

Connector

U.FL. connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL connector on the PCB. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC

 

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-17 / cB-ACC-37

 

Name

Reel planTec Bluetooth m70

Manufacture

REEL

 

Gain

+1.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 75 x 20 mm

 

Mounting

M16 x 13.6 mm

 

Connector

cB-ACC-17: SMA plug (inner thread and pin)
An alternative version with Reverse Polarity SMA (RPSMA) plug (inner thread and pin receptacle) is available from the manufacturer.

 

Cable length

300 cm. Other cable lengths are available on request.

 

Comment

cB-ACC-17 is to be used together with the U.FL to SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-18 or cB-ACC-48). 
Alternative version with Reverse Polarity SMA (RPSMA) plug is to be used together with the U.FL to Reverse Polarity SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-38).

 

Approval

cB-ACC-17: R&TTE and TELEC.
Alternative RPSMA version: FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC.

 

Part Number

cB-ACC-21

 

Name

R380.500.127

Manufacture

Pulse

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 14.3 x 61.4 mm

 

Connector

SMA plug (inner thread and pin)

 

Comment

To be mounted on the U.FL to SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-18 or cB-ACC-48).
A Reverse Polarity SMA version is also available (R380.500.125).

 

Approval

R&TTEand TELEC

 

 

Part Number

 

Name

R380.500.139

Manufacture

Pulse

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 14.3 x 61.1 mm

 

Connector

Reverse Polarity SMA plug (inner thread and pin receptacle)

 

Comment

The difference compared to the R380.500.125 antenna is that the R380.500.139 antenna has a seal ring.
To be mounted on the U.FL to Reverse Polarity SMA adapter cable (cB-ACC-38).
An SMA version antenna is also available (R380.500.124).

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC

 

Part Number

 

Name

IHF-242

Manufacture

Joymax

 

Polarization

Vertical

 

Gain

+2.0 dBi

 

Size

Ø 9.2 x 82.5 mm

 

Cable length

150 cm

 

Connector

MCX male connector 

 

Comment

To be mounted on a MCX to U.FL adapeter cable. 

 

Approval

FCC, IC, R&TTE and TELEC

 

Mechanics

Module Outlines

Dimensions


 

Figure 7: cB-OBS418 dimensions [mm].

The J2 pads are longer to fit both the single and double row ASP connectors (see section Using the J2/J3 Board-to-Board Connectors).

Weight: 2 g

Mounting Holes

There are 2 x 2.3mm mounting holes on the cB-OBS418 module. The reasons for the 2.3mm holes are that the threaded M2 holes on the single and double row connectors (see section Suitable One-Piece Part Connectors) are not aligned. The outer tangents of the 2.3mm holes align the module if the single row connectors are used and the inner if double row connectors are used (see Figure 8).

Figure 8: The 2.3mm mounting holes [mm].

Using the J2/J3 Board-to-Board Connectors

The board-to-board connector should be a 1mm pitch one-piece part connector. The recommended manufacture is Samtec.

The Electrical Interface and Connectors section contains more information about the connector and the electrical interface.

Single row connectors

The single row connector SEI-120-02 can be used but is not recommended for new designs.

Double row connectors

This connector has a height of 3.0mm and this has to be considered if components are to be mounted on the motherboard under the OEM Serial Port Adapter board. There are alignment pins on the bottom side of the connector.
The connector is available with M2 threaded inserts that fit the mounting holes on the board (see section Mounting Holes). If you want to have a tighter and more secure mounting you may use longer screws and secure it using a nut on the backside of the motherboard.

Table 9: Double row connectors from Samtec.

Samtec order number

Quote number

Equivalent part

Package

Remark

REF-120018-01

55392

FSI-120-03-G-D-M-AB

Tube

With M2 threaded inserts and align pin on bottom side only

REF-120018-02

55392

FSI-120-03-G-D-M-AB-K-TR

Tape-n-Reel

With M2 threaded inserts and align pin on bottom side only

NOTE

When ordering connectors from Samtec or an official Samtec distributor, please use the REF order number and refer to the connectBlue global quote number for best price. For technical questions regarding the Samtec connectors please contact connectBlue or Samtec at (Scandinavia@samtec.com).

See Figure 10 for more information about the connector and necessary measurements on the motherboard. 

Figure 10: Host PCB layout [mm] for double row connector.

Using the J6 PCB solder pads

Host Board

The host PCB footprint should not contain any traces or vias under the module except the pads interfacing the J6 pads to avoid contact with traces/vias on the module. The host pads which are soldered to the J6 pads should match the J6 pads but could be extended 0.5-1.0mm outside the module for visual solder inspection. No other pads than the J6 should be soldered to the host PCB. See section J2, J3 and J6 Connectors for more info about the J6 pads.

Mounting process

We strongly recommend the modules not being soldered more than 1 time after shipping from connectBlue and that the modules are mounted just before the host product is being soldered the last time. Although, connectBlue devices will withstand up to two re-flows to an absolute maximum temperature of 250°C.

  • The PCB in our modules is made of FR4-type with Chemical Gold Pads.
  • The modules are produced in a lead-free process with a lead-free soldering paste.
  • It is recommended that the customers make their own electrical, climate, stress and vibration tests on the final assembled product to secure that the manufacturing process hasn't damaged or affected the Bluetooth module in any way.
  • The device recommended maximum re-flow temperature is 245°C for 10 sec.
  • The device absolute maximum re-flow temperature is 250°C for 3 sec.
  • Each module has a label with serial number in 2D barcode format. The label withstands the re-flow and baking process.

Antenna Issues

The unit cannot be mounted arbitrary, because of the radio communication. The unit with an internal surface mounted antenna (cB-OBS418i) cannot be mounted in a metal enclosure. No metal casing or plastics using metal flakes should be used, avoid also metallic based paint or lacquer. Keep a minimum clearance of 5 mm between the antenna and the casing. Keep minimum 10 mm free space from metal around the antenna including under and above. If a metal enclosure is required, one of the external antenna options has to be used. See Surface Mounted Antenna (Internal) for more information on the antenna options available.

Bluetooth Information

General information

In the tables below you can find information about Bluetooth properties.

Table 10: Bluetooth information cB-OBS418

Parameter

OBS418

Bluetooth radio

Texas Instrument CC2560

Host micro controller

ST Microelectronics STM32F10x

RF output power - Classic Bluetooth

Class 1, Max 5 dBm + antenna gain (See Antennas)

Receive sensitive level - Classic Bluetooth

-90dBm - antenna gain (See Antennas).

Output frequency

2.402 - 2.480 GHz, ISM band

Bluetooth stack

connectBlue Embedded Bluetooth Stack

Bluetooth qualification

2.1

 

Bluetooth Qualification information


For information how to List and Declare your product see the Bluetooth Qualification Guide.

The following Bluetooth profiles are supported (covered functionality):

Classic Bluetooth technology:

    • Generic Access Profile (GAP)
    • Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP)
    • Serial Port Profile (SPP)
    • Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN GW, DUN DT)

The Bluetooth SIG's "Go To Market Toolkit" guides you through four key steps for success when going to market with a Bluetooth enabled product: https://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/bluetooth-brand/go-to-market-toolkit

Regulatory Information

Declaration of Conformity


We, connectBlue AB, of Norra Vallgatan 64 3V
SE-211 22 Malmö, Sweden

declare under our sole responsibility that our products:

cB-OBS418 (cB-0946), OEM Module Adapter III (cB-0068).

to which this declaration relates, conforms to the following product specifications:

R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC:

Effective use of frequency spectrum:
  EN 300 328 V1.8.1 (2012-04) for versions with cB-OBS418 Firmware cB-2265-01 (v4.1.5) or later
  EN 300 328 V1.7.1 (2006-10) for all other versions than the above listed

EMC:
  EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2 (2011-09) 
  EN 301 489-17 V2.2.1 (2012-09)
  EN 61000-6-2 (2005)

Health and safety:
  EN 62479:2010
  EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 + A1:2010 + A12:2011
  IEC 60950-1:2005 + A1:2009

Medical Electrical Equipment

  IEC 60601-1-2 (2007)

 

2014-08-11 Malmö, Sweden

CTO of connectBlue AB

Safety Compliance

In order to fulfill the safety standard EN 60950-1 the unit must be supplied by a limited power source.

FCC and IC Compliance

See the Product Variants section for information about the different product variants.

Compliance for cB-0946

FCC Statement for cB-0946

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

NOTE

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Antenna

Our module type cB-0946 is for OEM integrations only. The end-user product will be professionally installed in such a manner that only the authorized antennas are used.

Caution

Any changes or modifications NOT explicitly APPROVED by connectBlue AB could cause the module to cease to comply with FCC rules part 15, and thus void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

IC Compliance

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d'Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L'exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes:

(1) l'appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et
(2) l'utilisateur de l'appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d'en compromettre le fonctionnement.

This device has been designed to operate with an antenna having a maximum gain of 3.5 dBi.
Having a higher gain is strictly prohibited per regulations of Industry Canada. The required antenna impedance is 50 ohms.
To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain should be so chosen that the equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) is not more than that required for successful communication.

The installer of this radio equipment must ensure that the antenna is located or pointed such that it does not emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable from Health Canada's website www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb

Labeling Requirements for End Product

For an end product using the product cB-0946 there must be a label containing, at least, the following information:

This device contains
FCC ID: PVH0946
IC: 5325A-0946

The label must be affixed on an exterior surface of the end product such that it will be visible upon inspection in compliance with the modular approval guidelines developed by the FCC.

In accordance with 47 CFR § 15.19 the end product shall bear the following statement in a conspicuous location on the device:

"This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions;

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation."

When the device is so small or for such use that it is not practicable to place the statement above on it, the information shall be placed in a prominent location in the instruction manual or pamphlet supplied to the user or, alternatively, shall be placed on the container in which the device is marketed. However, the FCC ID label must be displayed on the device.

In case, where the final product will be installed in locations where the end-user is not able to see the FCC ID and/or this statement, the FCC ID and the statement shall also be included in the end-product manual.  

UL listing information

If a customer intends to UL list a product including any of the Bluetooth modules based on the PCB cB-0946 this information is useful:

The printed circuit board if produced according to the following specification:

  • UL recognized ZPMV2 min. 105 °C flame class V-0 or better.

Japan Radio Equipment Compliance (TELEC)

The cB-0946 module with the product name cB-OBS418 complies with the Japanese Technical Regulation Conformity Certification of Specified Radio Equipment (ordinance of MPT N°. 37, 1981), Article 2, Paragraph 1, Item 19, "2.4GHz  band wide band low power data communication system". The cB-0946 MIC certification number is 204-210003.

When a product is placed on the Japanese market, the cB-OBS418 module product must be affixed with the following Specified Radio Equipment marking:

The minimum size of the logo is Ø3.0mm. The end product holder should also include a copy of the Japan Radio Certificate to the end product technical documentation, contact connectBlue for a copy of the Radio Certificate. Module labels with the above marking may be ordered via the connectBlue distributors using the order code cB-ACC-72.

The end product is recommended to be marked with:

Compliance with RoHS directive



All products based on the PCB cB-0946 are produced according to the RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) directive and complies with the directive.

Guidelines for Efficient and Safe Use

General

Read this information before using your OEM Serial Port Adapter.

For any exceptions, due to national requirements or limitations, when using your OEM Serial Port Adapter, please visit www.bluetooth.org.

NOTE

Changes or modifications to the product not expressly approved by connectBlue AB will void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

Product Care

  • Do not expose your product to liquid or moisture.
  • Do not expose you product to extreme hot or cold temperature (see section Environmental for further information).
  • Do not expose your product to lit candles, cigarettes, cigars, open flames, etc.
  • Do not drop, throw or try to bend your product since rough treatment could damage your product.
  • Do not attempt to disassemble your product. Doing so will void warranty. The product does not contain consumer serviceable or replaceable components. Service should only be performed by connectBlue AB.
  • Do not paint your product as the paint could prevent normal use.
  • If you will not be using your product for a while, store it in a place that is dry, free from damp, dust and extreme heat and cold.
  • The clearance and creepage distances required by the end product must be withheld when the module is installed.
  • The cooling of the end product shall not negatively be influenced by the installation of the module when the module is installed.

Radio Frequency Exposure

The OEM Serial Port Adapter contains a small radio transmitter and receiver. During communication with other Bluetooth products the OEM Serial Port Adapter receives and transmits radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (microwaves) in the frequency range 2400 to 2500 MHz. The output power of the radio transmitter is very low.

When using the OEM Serial Port Adapter, you will be exposed to some of the transmitted RF energy. This exposure is well below the prescribed limits in all national and international RF safety standards and regulations.

Electronic Equipment

Most modern electronic equipment, for example, in hospitals and cars, is shielded from RF energy. However, certain electronic equipment is not. Therefore:

NOTE

This equipment emits RF energy in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) band. Please insure that all medical devices used in proximity to this device meet appropriate susceptibility specifications for this type of RF energy.

Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

Turn off your electronic device before entering an area with potentially explosive atmosphere. It is rare, but your electronic device could generate sparks. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death.

Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They include fuelling areas, such as petrol station, below deck on boats, fuel or chemical transfer or storage facilities, and areas where the air contains chemicals or particles, such as grain, dust, or metal powders.

Power Supply

The OEM Serial Port Adapter must be supplied by a limited power source according to EN 60950-1.

  • Connect your power supply only to designated power-sources as marked on the product.
  • Make sure all cords and cable are positioned so that they will not be stepped on, tripped over or otherwise subject to damage or stress.
  • To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the unit from any power source before attempting to clean it.

Application Notes

Usually only a subset of the available functionality is of interest to the designer. In addition, depending on the host system, the electrical interface can be designed in many ways. The designer can use the step-by-step guide in this chapter as an aid in the design process.

Step-by-Step Guide

Table 12: Step-by-step guide with Yes and No answers.

Question

Yes

No

Are you going to integrate the OEM Serial Port Adapter in a metal enclosure?

Use one of the OEM Serial Ports Adapters with antenna connector for external antenna (cB-OBS418x).

Go on to next point.

Do you wish to use logic level when communicating with the OEM Serial Port Adapter?

See section Logic level Mode for electrical design.

See section External RS232 driver and External RS422 driver for electrical design.

Do you want to use RS232 as the physical serial interface?

See section External RS232 driver for electrical design.

Go on to next point.

Do you wish to connect LEDs to the OEM Serial Port Adapter?

See section LED and Switch Design for design examples for connecting the LEDs.

Go on to next point.

Do you want to detect the status of the module with a controller?

See section Operating Status for status detection and section LED and Switch Design for electrical design.

Go on to next point.

Do you wish to utilize the restore switch?

See section GREEN/Switch-1 for electrical design.

Go on to next point.

Do you wish to utilize the Function switch ("Connect on external signal")?

See section Switch-0 Signal for electrical design.

Go on to next point.

Do you want to manually reset the module?

See section Reset for electrical design. Use a double row connector. See section Double row connectors.

 

Design Examples

This section contains design examples for all interfaces on J2, J3, and J6. The connector type that suits a specific application depends on the needed signal and the preferred interface type (board-to-board or SMD).

Logic Levels

3.0/3.3 voltage host system

A 3.0/3.3V host system can be connected directly to the logic level pins (BLUE, UART-TxD / UART-RxD etc). A serial 100Ohm resistor shall be used (see Figure 12) for protection, see the Characteristics section for logic levels characteristics.

5 voltage host system

A 5V host system can easily be adjusted to the logic levels.

Module input signals in a 5V host system

The module input signals can use a resistive divider (1.8kOhm/2.2kOhm) to adjust the levels (See Figure 12). This is applicable for speeds up to 115.2kBits/s. The divider can be improved by adding a logic buffer (74HCT08) for higher speeds (see Figure 13). The resistor dividers consume current and a better solution could be to use the 5V input tolerant gates in the LVC family. The LVC gates are available in singel, dual and quad gates packages (e.g. 74LVC1G08, 74LVC2G08 and 74LVC08). The LVC gates need to be power supplied with the module signal voltage levels (see Input/Output signals). The VCC_2V85 pin (see the Pin Description section) can be used for suppling the interface circuits. Notice that the VCC_2V85 output voltage supply not is available on all connectBlue modules e.g. if the application is designed to be used with different pin compatible connectBlue modules.

The LVC gates could maybe also be used for output signals if the host input signals are TTL compatible (V IN_HIGH_MIN = 2V). LVC gate can not be used on 5V CMOS input signals.

Module output signals in a 5V host system

The module output pins could require a buffer (see Figure 13) depending on the logic level requirements (see the Characteristics section). HCT gates supplied with 5V can be used in a 5V host system with TTL or CMOS inputs (see Figure 13). LVC gates can maybe be used for output signals if the host input signals are TTL compatible (V IN_HIGH_MIN = 2V). LVC gate can not be used on 5V CMOS host input signals.

The 74HCT08 gate is also available in a single and dual gate package (74AHCT1G08 and 74AHCT2G08).




Figure 12: Logic levels interface to a 3/3.3V system. A protective 100Ohm resistor is used.


Figure 13: Interface example with logic levels to a 5V system. The gate converting from host 5V output to module input can be repleced with an LVC gate if the voltage divider is removed.



A 5V system with open collector outputs is designed in Figure 14.


Figure 14: Open collector outputs.

Serial Interface

The serial interface of the module is Logic Level logic levels and the module can be connected to an external µController (see section Logic level Mode).
An external driver is needed if the module should be on another physical interface like RS232 (see section External RS232 driver - External RS422 driver).
CTS (Clear To Send) and RTS (Request To Send) are used for hardware flow control.
DSR (Data Set Ready) can be used to make a connect attempt. See the Serial Port Adapter AT commands specification.
DTR (Data Terminal Ready) can be used to detect if the module is up and running and ready to receive data.

NOTE

The module must be configured to flow control none if hardware flow control is not used, see the Serial Port Adapter AT Commands specification.

Logic level Mode

The serial UART interface can be used in a host controller application with a UART interface. The design of the interface depends on the power supply voltage of the host system; see the Logic Levels section for voltage translation.

External RS232 driver

An external RS232 driver is needed if the module should have a RS232 serial interface. See Figure 15 for a complete design example that could be connected to the serial port of standard PC. Not used functionality can be left unconnected; see section Serial Interface.




Figure 15: A complete RS232 interface.

External RS422 driver

An external RS422 driver could be used in a point-to-point (full duplex) application (see Figure 16).




Figure 16: A complete RS422 interface.

LED and Switch Design

BLUE Signal

The BLUE logic LED signal is not multiplexed with any other functionality, which makes the design more straightforward (see Figure 18). There are two important notes:

  • A blue LED requires about 3.5V forward voltage drop (cannot be used in a 3.3V system).
  • The BLUE signal can be used to detect if the module is connected or not. The BLUE signal flashes when the module is sending and receiving data (see section Operating Status). See Figure 19 for an example on how to suppress the flashes.




Figure 18: A blue LED can be connected directly to the module if the LED current is below 4mA. A high state (active low) makes the voltage drop over the LED to 2.2V. This is not enough to light the LED.


Figure 19: A Low pass filter and a 74HC08 suppresses the flashes when the module is sending and receiving data. The Blue LED can be removed if not required. The values are not suitable in all applications and need to be verified in a specific application.

RED/Mode Signal

The RED logic LED signal is not multiplexed with any other functionality. See Figure 20 for a 3.3V design.
In a 5V system the high state output from the module is not enough to turn off the LED so a 74HCT08 buffer can be used to raise the high level to 5V (see Figure 21).
The 74HCT08 gate is available in a single and dual gates package (74AHCT1G08 and 74AHCT2G08).




Figure 20: A red LED in a 3.3V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller.




Figure 21: A red LED in a 5V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller.

The RED signal pin is also used to select Logic Level mode (instead of RS232) for connectBlue product with internal RS232 driver e.g. cB-OEMSPA312. The mode functionality is not applicable on cB-OBS418 because there is no internal RS232 driver available. To be compatible with these products check this signal in their Electrical and Mechanical datasheet.

GREEN/Switch-1 signal

The GREEN/Switch-1 signal is a multiplexed signal:

  • GREEN - Logic green LED signal (see the Operating status section). Becomes valid after the module has started up. The startup time can be up to 2 seconds (see the Serial Port Adapter AT Commands specification).
  • Switch-1 - The module reads the status of the signal at startup to decide if the serial interface settings shall be restored (LOW). The module will restore all factory settings if both the Switch-1 and Switch-0 signals are low during start up. See the Serial Port Adapter AT Commands specification for more details. The input signal must be stable for the first 500ms after startup (after reset/power on reset).

The signal is internally pulled-up (see Input/Output signals) to the internal voltage supply (see Power supply) for NOT restoring settings to default values.

If a LED is used and a switch is required to be able to restore the settings, a high impedance buffer need to prevent the signal from being pulled-up via the LED. See Figure 22-23 and the Logic Levels section for buffer selection.
Sometimes, over time, switch contacts can get an oxide layer. This may cause the closed switch resistance to become too high to sink the signal to logic LOW because the signal is internally pulled-up (see Input/Output signals). A design that prevents this can be found in Figure 27.




Figure 22: Switch-1 used together with a green LED in a 3.3V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller. Notice the 1kOhm serial resistor.




Figure 23: Switch-1 used together with a green LED in a 5V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller. Notice the 1kOhm serial resistor.

The buffer can be removed in a 3.3V system if no restore switch is required (see Figure 24).

In a 5V system the high state output from the module is not enough to turn off the LED, so a 74HCT08 buffer can be used to raise the high level to 5V (see Figure 25).
The 74HCT08 gate is also available in a single gate package (74AHCT1G08).




Figure 24: No restore switch used but a green LED in a 3.3V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller.




Figure 25: No restore switch used but a green LED in a 5V host system. The status of the signal can also be used as input to a host controller.

A serial resistor to the restore switch must be used to prevent a short circuit when the GREEN/Switch-1 pin is in output HIGH state and the switch is pressed (see Figure 26).
Sometimes, over time, switch contacts can get an oxide layer. This may cause the closed switch resistance to become too high to sink the signal to logic LOW because the signal is internally pulled-up (see Input/Output signals). A design that prevents this can be found in Figure 27. The GREEN/Switch-1 pin can be left unconnected if none of its functionality is required.




Figure 26: A low resistance restore switch used. Notice the 1kOhm serial resistor.




Figure 27: If the resistance in the switch is not guaranteed to be low enough, a safer design can be used. Notice the 1kOhm serial resistor.

Switch-0 Signal

Switch-0 is used for the external connect function. A secondary function is that the module will restore all factory settings if both the Switch-1 and Switch-0 signals are low during start up. See the Serial Port Adapter AT Commands specification for more details.

Sometimes, over time, switch contacts can get an oxide layer. This may cause the closed switch resistance to become too high to sink the signal to logic LOW because the signal is internally pulled-up (see Input/Output signals). A design that prevents this can be found in Figure 29.



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Figure 28: A low resistance function switch used.




Figure 29: If the resistance in the switch is not guaranteed to be low enough, a safer design can be used.

The Switch-0 pin can be left unconnected if its functionality is not used.

Reset

The Reset-n pin could be sensitive to ESD discharge but the sensitivity can be decreased by adding a a pull-up resistor and a shunt capacitor (e.g. see the design examples below), the values depends on the host design and need to be optimized for each application.

The Reset-n pin can be connected to an external reset source, see Figure 30 for a switch example.If the reset signal is connected to an output signal it must be an open drain collector, see Figure 31.

The Reset-n pin can be left unconnected if not used.



Figure 30: A reset switch.




Figure 31: Design of an open collector reset from an active high output.

A Complete 5V Host System Interface

Figure 32 is a complete 5V host system interface example with an RGB LED and two switches (except the serial interface, see section Serial Interface for information). The design is based on the LM339 Quad OP-amp instead of logic gates.




Figure 32: A complete 5V host interface with operational amplifier.