Bluetooth Low Energy modules new firmware eases implementation of mesh networking

The Wirepas Mesh 2.4 GHz multi-hop mesh networking firmware is now featured in the PAN1770 and PAN1780 from Panasonic, which enables scalable extension of network range.

Panasonic Industry has announced that the PAN1770 and PAN1780 Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless modules now support the Wirepas Mesh 2.4 GHz multi-hop mesh networking firmware.  

Wirepas Mesh 2.4 GHz offers easy-to-implement mesh connectivity for large-scale networks of up to 4 billion devices. Thanks to the firmware’s dynamic role-granting feature, a device can be a node and router at the same time. This enables the creation of a decentralized network that organizes and optimizes itself automatically, thus lowering installation and maintenance costs.

Panasonic is to certify the Wirepas Mesh 2.4 GHz firmware running on the PAN1770 and PAN1780, which substantially reduces the burden of certification in final product designs. 

The PAN1770 wireless module, a variant of the flagship PAN1780, enables the connection of an external antenna via a u.FL connector. The PAN1770 is particularly valuable for applications in which the product enclosure or operating conditions are hostile to RF transmissions, and in which an external antenna will provide superior connectivity. 

The PAN1780, which features an on-board antenna, offers a complete, application-ready implementation of wireless connectivity.

Featuring an Arm® Cortex®-M4F processor core, the PAN1770 and PAN1780 provide 256 kbytes of RAM and 1 Mbyte of Flash memory. This means that they can easily be used in stand-alone mode, without an external processor, reducing the complexity of the board design, saving space and minimizing system costs. The modules provide up to 48 programmable GPIOs along with a rich set of interfaces: SPI, I2C, UART, PWM, ADC, NFC, and USB 2.0. 

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