RF-star Reaches (AEC)-Q100 with BLE CC2340 Modules

By Chad Cox

Production Editor

Embedded Computing Design

August 22, 2023


Image Credit: RF-star

RF-star is now offering its BLE CC2340 modules based on TI’s new CC2340 MCUs. The solution delivers standby current less than 710 nA, 40% lower than current devices. There is the capability to achieve upwards of 10+ years of maturity on one battery the size of a coin. RF performance and networking range is enhanced with a low output of up to +8 dBm. The BLE module will easily operate wireless applications like electronic shelf labels and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).


A variety of antenna choices are supported as well as differentiated RF output modes including half-hole ANT RF pin and IPEX connector for flexible application choice. An RF balun is integrated for a simple approach to design without needing an abundance of external devices.  While deployed at the rugged edge, the BLE CC2340 operates between -40ºC to 85ºC, maintaining an efficient and stable wireless connection.

Developed for automotive use, the CC2340 modules based on CC2340R5-Q1 meet the constraints of the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC)-Q100.

Highlights Include:

  • AEC-Q100 certification
  • 10+ years coin battery life
  • BLE long-range communication of coded physical layer (PHY)
  • Up to +8 dBm of output power and industry-leading -102 dBm receiving sensitivity
  • Various wake-up methods (timer, external GPIO wake-up)
  • Compatible with mobile phone Bluetooth
  • High-Security features such as safety induction with a trusted root
  • Meet the needs of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV)

For more information, visit rfstariot.com.

Chad Cox. Production Editor, Embedded Computing Design, has responsibilities that include handling the news cycle, newsletters, social media, and advertising. Chad graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Cultural and Analytical Literature.

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