Panasonic has introduced the PAN4620, a dual-mode radio module which enables simultaneous and independent connections over Bluetooth® Low Energy and Thread or other 2.4GHz IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networks.
The module incorporates all the required hardware elements, including a chip antenna, and the protocol software, providing a simple and quick way for OEMs to implement wireless connectivity in devices for applications such as smart homes and building automation.
The PAN4620 module is based on the NXP Semiconductors Kinetis KW41Z system-on-chip, which combines a 2.4GHz radio supporting 802.15.4 and Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity, and a microcontroller based on an Arm® Cortex®-M0+ core.
Because it includes a built-in MCU, the module offers design flexibility. Featuring 512kbytes of Flash memory and 128kbytes of SRAM, the PAN4620 can easily be used as a stand-alone controller in small and low-power devices. This architecture eliminates the need for an external processor, reducing system complexity and saving space and cost.
The module can also be used alongside a host microcontroller or applications processor to provide a complete solution for 802.15.4 and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.
Supplied with NXP’s certified Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stacks, the module supports concurrent operation of two radio systems. This is ideal for IoT applications, since it enables end-points to connect wirelessly to the internet without the need for a gateway. In addition, the Thread network protocol does not define an application layer, so various application layers can be used such as dotdot, IoTivity or OpenDOF.
The PAN4620 is supplied with FCC, IC and CE approvals. The surface-mount module measures 15.6mm x 8.7mm x 1.9mm. Its orderable part number is ENW-C9B01A1EF.
PAN4620: Can be used as a stand-alone controller
Daughterboard Provides for Easy Evaluation of the PAN4620
Panasonic provides an evaluation board for its combination 802.15.4 and Bluetooth radio module. The compact PAN4620 daughterboard provides access to all the module’s pins. It also features an on-board LED, three user buttons and a Micro-USB connector.
Panasonic recommends using NXP’s Bluetooth®, ZigBee® and Thread Software Development Kit (SDK) to implement applications on the PAN4620 module. The SDK offers full software development support via a high-level application programming interface.