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SparkFun BLE Mate 2

SparkFun BLE Mate 2

SparkFun | A-000000-01667
Check out the new Bluetooth breakout board by SparkFun, specially designed for Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0. Compatible with Arduino and Arduino Pro, the board is equipped with the BC118 Bluetooth BLE 4.0 module.
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SparkFun BLE Mate 2: the Bluetooth 4.0 breakout board

The Sparkfun BLE Mate 2 is a breakout board fitted with the BC118 Bluetooth BLE 4.0 module. It offers a 6-pin header compatible not only with the Arduino Pro et Arduino Pro Mini boards developed by SparkFun, but also with SparkFun’s FTDI Basic development board.

Sparkfun BLE Mate 2 - BC118 schematics

The SparkFun BLE Mate 2 has built-in level translation, so it can be used with boards supplying a voltage of more than the 3.3 V.

The integrated BC118 Bluetooth module is capable of transmitting data via UART at 9600 bps (default) with a frequency band of 2402 MHz to 2480 MHz. As the name implies, it is a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) board, so it has a very low average power consumption (16 mA).

Please note that the BLE Mate 2 only supports Bluetooth 4.0; it won’t connect to Bluetooth 2.0 devices. It’s also worth noting that connecting to Bluetooth modules other than the BC118 will be much harder.

BLE Mate 2, Bluetooth Mate Silver and Bluetooth Mate Gold

The BLE Mate 2 breakout board’s architecture is very close to that of the 2 other development boards by SparkFun, the Gold and Silver Bluetooth Mates.

They function in a very similar way, but with one difference: the Gold and Silver boards enable a Bluetooth 2.0 connection, whereas the BLE Mate 2 supports only certified Bluetooth 4.0 low energy connections.

The BLE standard offers the same rate of data transmission as classic Bluetooth, while consuming 10 times less power, which makes it extremely useful for creating small connected objects requiring low energy consumption.

Technical specifications of the Bluetooth SparkFun breakout board

  • Bluetooth (BLE) Certified 4.0
  • Supply voltage: 3.3 to 4.7 Vdc
  • Average consumption: 16 mA
  • Frequency band: 2402 MHz to 2480 MHz
  • Range: 30 m
  • Built-in antenna

 

Resources for the Bluetooth low energy breakout board

Below you’ll find the full documentation for the Bluetooth low energy breakout board:

Module BC118 user guide

BC118 module datasheet

BC118 module datasheet

Command guide - Melody Smart

Command guide - Melody Smart

Eagle Files - Sparkfun BLE Mate 2

Eagle Files - Sparkfun BLE Mate 2

BLE Mate 2 GitHub

BLE Mate 2 GitHub

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