Weekly Bluetooth Industry Report (Jan 24, 2020)

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Realtek RTL8720DN Dual-Band WiFi & Bluetooth 5.0 IoT Modules Sell for $4 and Up
There are plenty of 2.4 GHz WiFi modules for IoT project based on processors ranging from Espressif Systems ESP8266 to TI CC3200, or Realtek RTL8710. Some others add Bluetooth 4.2/5.0 such as Espressif Systems ESP32, but it’s much harder to find solutions with dual-band WiFi especially if you have a tight budget for your project or product. But Realtek RTL8720DN – part of AmebaD family –  offers just that with the Arm Cortex-M4/M0 wireless MCU supporting dual-band (2.4/5.0GHz) 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and found in modules currently selling for as low as $3.90 or 24 RMB in single units.

Casambi extends technology partnership with OSRAM
Casambi, a Finnish company driving the development of wireless lighting controls and networks based on Bluetooth Low Energy, has announced that it is deepening its technology partnership with OSRAM. An agreement has been signed that will see OSRAM leverage the benefits of Casambi’s embedded Bluetooth module and software technology. The move will act as a base to develop further intelligent Casambi-ready hardware, as well as lighting control software solutions for the professional lighting market.

New Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy module for IIoT and Smart Home applications
With the new PAN1780 Panasonic Industry Europe has released a new Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy module based on the Nordic nRF52840 SoC single-chip controller. With an output power of up to +8dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52840 together with the LE coded PHY makes the module particularly attractive for applications that need a long range. The Bluetooth 5.0 features facilitate a higher symbol rate of 2Mbps employing the high-speed LE 2M PHY.

React Mobile introduces Sidekick Bluetooth 5.0
React Mobile launched the newest version of its Sidekick Bluetooth panic button. With more than 50,000 Sidekick devices deployed worldwide to date, this intelligent device has been redesigned from the ground up to leverage the latest Internet of Things technology and provide increased reliability. The company developed the enhanced React Sidekick 5.0 in line with new state mandates to address the longevity demands of a workforce that often performs its duties alone, away from colleagues and the public view. This new hardware and functionality provides a robust, simple wearable device that staff can access quickly and discreetly to call for help when assistance is needed. 

How to prevent car break-ins: Turn off your Bluetooth
Those apps that scan for devices using Bluetooth could sound great. The AirPods have fallen out of the ear and they’re somewhere in the house. Whip open the app to find them. Or that lost phone, missing tablet or even camera. All good, right? But you’re not the only one using them – and that’s not good.

Mobile Phone Companies to Demonstrate UWB Payments
While mobile phone payment solutions rely on the tap of a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled handset, many technology companies are preparing for the release of new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in which ultra-wideband (UWB) technology enables payments without the requirement of tapping a smartphone.

Xicato Lights The World’s Longest Dinosaur
Xicato’s world class lighting solutions with open API + ETC’s software enable leading lighting designers to deliver a life-like experience worthy of the world’s most magnificent fossil. Sue, the world’s longest Dinosaur lives in Chicago within a collection that dates as far back as 1893 in the Chicago’s Field Museum overlooking the Lake Michigan shoreline. Even within the impressive collection of over 40 million artifacts, the museum’s most prized possession is no doubt the very unique member of the family Sue, the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus specimen.

Is Paris the City of the Future?
The first-time visitor to Paris is invariably astounded by the sheer size of the City of Lights. They will find the cobbled streets, the picturesque corners, the ancient architecture and the Haussmann boulevards they expect from films, novels and postcards, but these sites are all part of a sprawling modern metropolis.

Citizen Watch Co. solar-powered Bluetooth LE watch offers customized functionality to suit user’s lifestyle and interests
Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Tokyo, Japan-based Citizen Watch Co., one of the world’s leading watch manufacturers, has selected Nordic’s nRF52810 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the wireless connectivity for its ‘Eco-Drive Riiiver’, a fully customizable solar-powered watch. 

Windows 10 20H1 shows up on Bluetooth SIG ahead of launch
Microsoft began testing out Windows 10 20H1 in February 2019 when the company offered it to those in the Skip Ahead ring of Windows Insider program. For the first time, Microsoft publicly tested Windows 10’s major update for almost one year and the firm is now finally planning to roll it out to everyone soon.

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