The RN4871 is a small form factor, Bluetooth Low Energy module measuring just 9 x 11.5 x 2.1 mm. This fully-integrated module is designed for easy implementation into a broad range of applications. It delivers up to 2.5x throughput improvement and more secure connections vs. Bluetooth 4.1 based products. Developers can easily interface to the device via a standard UART interface, available on most Microcontrollers and Processors.
The RN4871 has a completely integrated Bluetooth software stack, and offers a shielded regulatory certified version with built-in antenna. Developers are freed from the complexities of Bluetooth Software and RF development and can simply utilize the RN4871 as a wireline replacement. Perfect for IoT (Internet of Things) applications, when interfaced to a BLE enabled smartphone or Bluetooth Internet Gateway, applications can be monitored, controlled and updated from anywhere in the world.
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Firmware Release Summary, see Software Release Notes for details:
Firmware 1.41.0 (web release only) Adds additional UART configuration flexibility and addresses three known issues. Details are available in the release notes.
RN4871-I(V)/RM140 - (FW 1.40.0) Fixes bug with random private addressing which created IoP issue with select Android devices. Added feature to turn off advertising at power-on in order to easily configure module with the host MCU before advertising. Available in industrial temperature range (I) and varying (V) for easier transition from RN4871-V/RM118.
RN4871-I/RM130 - (FW 1.30.0) Fixes bug with invalid Bluetooth address. Refer to Errata document for more information.
RN4871-I/RM128 - (FW 1.28.2) Introduces LE Secure Connections and Data Length Extension features among other bug fixes. Also improved the operating range to 85C.
RN4871-V/RM118 - (FW 1.18.3) Initial Release.
The RN4871 BLE module is now available on MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC) - a free, graphical programming environment that generates seamless, easy-to-understand C code to be inserted into your project. Visit the MCC page for more information: https://www.microchip.com/mplab/mplab-code-configurator
|Bluetooth 5 Certified|
|Easy to use ASCII command interface for communication with the host microcontroller|
|Module certified for use in USA, Canada, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China|
|Mobile Application supported in Microchip Bluetooth Data (MBD)|
|Latest Firmware Revision: 1.42|
|Supports LE Secure Connections levels 1-3|
|Supports up to 151 byte payloads with Data Length Extensions|
|Scripting features to allow for operation without a host microcontroller|
|White list for determining connections|
|MLDP compatibility with RN4020|
|Remote configuration capability|
|Antenna: Ceramic chip Antenna or external antenna connection|
|On Board Antenna||Yes|
|On Board Shield||Yes|
|BT SIG Certified||Yes|
|Unshielded Option Available||Yes|
|Analog Audio Out||No|
|Digital Audio Out||No|
|Tx Power||+2 dBm|
|Package Type||Surface mount module|
|Package Size||Shield 9 x 11.5 mm, Unshield 6x8mm|
|Temp Range Min||-40C|
|Temp Range Max||+85C|
|Operation Voltage Min||1.9V|
|Operation Voltage Max||3.6V|
|Pins | Packaging||16 | MODULE|
|Temp Range||-40C to +85C|
|Packing Media||Tray (171)|
|RN4870/71 Bluetooth Low Energy Module Data Sheet|
|AN3406 - Fast Prototyping of BLE Sensors for AWS Cloud Using the ATmega4809 Curiosity Nano Development Platform|
|RN487X Bluetooth Low Energy Module Sell Sheet|
|Bluetooth Product Comparison Chart|
|RN4871 Regulatory Approval Documentation|
|RN487x Firmware v1.40 Release Notes|
|RN487x Firmware v1.18 Release Notes|
|RN487x Firmware v1.28.x Release Notes|
|RN487x Firmware v1.30.x Release Notes|
|RN487x Firmware v1.41 Release Notes|
|RN487x Firmware v1.42 Release Notes|
|Wireless Hardware Design Checklist|
|RN4870/71 Memory Programming Guide|
|Using the Remote Configuration Feature in RN4870/71|
|RN4870/71 PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board User's Guide|
|RN4870/71 Bluetooth Low Energy Module User's Guide|
|Device Weight (g)||0.0|
|Shipping Weight (kg)||2.169591|
|Package Width or Size||11.5x9x2.1mm|
|Bluetooth Low Energy Module, Shielded, Antenna, ASCII Interface, 9x11.5mm | Microchip Technology|
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|BLUETOOTH MODULE, V4.2, 2.402-2.48GHZ | Farnell|
|Bluetooth Low Energy Module 1.9V to 3.6V 10kbps 16-Pin SMD Module | Avnet America|