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Hello, everyone.

Welcome to today’s webinar.

My name is Randy from element14,

and I’ll be your host today.

Today’s presentation is

from Texas Instruments,

and it’s entitled

Five Things You

Need to Know About Bluetooth 5.

This webinar will be

presented by Olivier Monnier.

Olivier is the

director of marketing

for TI’s wireless connectivity

and IoT solutions.

Prior to this role he spent

14 years in various positions,

including TI’s

worldwide smart grid

marketing and business manager.

At the end of the presentation,

there will be a Q&A session.

You can ask your questions in

the Q&A window of the WebEx


So let me hand it

over to Olivier

for today’s presentation.

Thank you, Randall.

And good morning, everyone.

Today, we will talk

about an exciting thing–

about Bluetooth Low Energy.

And more specifically,

about Bluetooth 5.

And we’re going to see

how we can actually

start right now Bluetooth 5

developments with the Texas

Instruments BLE solution.

All right, so

wireless connectivity

is very popular for many

applications in the industry.

And in particular,

Bluetooth Low Energy

is very appealing to connect

to a phone or a tablet.

Additionally, BLE has been

used for stopwatch, wearables,

audio, home electronics.

But now, there is a big push

to adopt this technology

in industrial and automotive.

It goes with a

couple of challenges,

and we’re going to see that

Bluetooth 5 is addressing

those challenges.

For those people who might not

be familiar with Bluetooth,

this is the landscape of

the Bluetooth technology.

Bluetooth is an

established standard

driven by the Bluetooth

Special Interest Group, the SIG


And we can see that we have

historically Bluetooth Classic,

which is more oriented around

audio application of streaming

audio, with the throughput

up to 3 megabits per second.

It existed in old phones

and tablets and laptops.

And then, starting

with Bluetooth 4.0,

the SIG Alliance released the

Bluetooth Low Energy profile

with more custom profiles

targeting lower power


And also, now moving

to higher bitrate.

And in between, you have what

we call the Bluetooth Dual

Mode, which is a mix of

Classic and Low Energy.

So today, we will focus

on Bluetooth Low Energy.

So the overall trend

for the industry

for Bluetooth Low Energy is–

so everybody has a phone,

everyone has a tablet.

And we, obviously,

see the benefit

of being able to interface

with a smart display,

like a smartphone.

And the other alternative that

we are moving to Bluetooth

Low Energy from connectivity

around the human body–

what I call the

personal area network

with a smartwatch, smartband,

and a phone, and laptop,

and so on–

to more what we call local area

network, or house coverage.

And that’s the next step

for Bluetooth Low Energy.

A couple of challenges which

are activated with that

is speed, range,

low power, and also

coexistence inside the noisy

2.4 gigahertz frequency band.

And also, against

other BLE devices.

And precisely in

order to facilitate

the adoption of Bluetooth

Low Energy in industrial,

Bluetooth 5 is solving

some of those challenges.

So now, if you look

deeper into Bluetooth 5,

really three key points as

we will go more into detail.

Bluetooth 5 is averaging

a new type of range,

with four times the range

compared to Bluetooth 4.0.

Two times the speed,

and also a huge increase

in terms of message capacity.

And we will give an

example with beacons.

So this slide is extracted

from the SIG Alliance,

and you have the

reference here where

if you want to go

to the Alliance

website to get more information.

So if you look at the overall

evolution of the Bluetooth Low

Energy specifications

and features–

so today, we have Bluetooth 5,

last year we had Bluetooth 4.2.

And you can see the

overall improvements

in terms of either

speed or multi-roles

starting from Bluetooth 4.1.

In terms of security, we use a

secure connection and privacy

already introduced

with Bluetooth 4.2

and carried over

with Bluetooth 5.

And what we will

go more into detail

is how do we achieve higher

speed, and longer distance,

and advertisement extension?

So first, let’s

put in perspective

what could be the benefit

of having longer range,


extension, and also

higher speed for

industrial application?

So let’s have a look at the

building automation application

with a door lock, for example.

We can see here that we

have a house with what

we call a smart door lock.

We can give the

users the ability

to close and open his door or

to control lock using his phone.

And simply, it’s a very simple

example at the house level.

Bluetooth 5 is giving you

four times more coverage

inside your home, enabling

the user to reach the lock

wherever it is, even

into the flooring.

So this simple

example is showing

that if you can increase

your range, well,

you can maybe optimize your

system by removing repeaters

and integrate Bluetooth Low

Energy in a more reliable way

into a smartphone system.

One of the benefits,

also, at the design level

is as long range enables

more reliable coverage,

there is less

retransmission needed.

And therefore, it contributes

also to lower power costs,

so you save on energy.

So leaving with the example and

expanding to other applications

that could benefit from

the same application

from the same benefits–

if you look at the clients

HVAC, industrial, or

central, long range

will provide more reliable

building automation coverage.

And also, provide an

improved noise emitting

to the 2.4 gigahertz space.

So wider tracking zone

improving coverage,

and we give you two

examples, live examples

that you can reproduce in your

lab using our software tool.

The second improvement that

we discussed for Bluetooth 5

is the advertisement extension.

And it’s basically very useful

for beacon applications.

So advertising

extension essentially

means that the beacon is

transmitting more information.

We move from 31

bytes to 255 bytes.

More information means more

personalized experience

for the user.

Like, for example, a more

precise locationing function.

And also, BLE

connection traditionally

works with the

handshake mechanism

from the beacon to the receiver.

With Bluetooth 5, the beacon

can always send information

without the handshake.

This is called

connection-less beacons,

and this enables to send

recurring information quicker.

So by extension, we

certainly see the use today

deployed of beacons

in airports, stadiums

to do tagging system

and tracking system.

We can see that

this will continue

to be improved moving forward,

to do more intelligent action

tracking and indoor

navigational system.

Last, on the faster data

transfer of the high speed


looking at the chat here–

all right.

Can you hear me?


So high speed mode, essentially,

will benefit many applications

into the industrial space.

So high speed mode will improve

the overall power consumption

because you have less air

time, shorter air time.

You will give the

user the ability

to exchange more

information faster.

So we start to see, already, the

benefits of the high speed mode

to do data logging,

or diagnostic

into industrial application.

You can do faster

firmware upgrade.

So many other use cases

are possible and have still

to be discovered.

But definitely the

Bluetooth 5 high speed mode

feature is going to open the

door for more innovation.

And here, just

speculating, as long

as you can exchange

more information you

can open biometric

application, you

can improve the security

by reducing the latency

by exchanging information.

And simply also by improving

the overall user experience.

So many options, and

we begin to see how

it is done with a new standard.

So moving on to looking now

at the technical details.

So let’s have a look

first at the higher speed.

So typically for

the high speed mode,

Bluetooth 5 is introducing

now a 2 megabit physical

modulation format

here, compared to the 1

megabit per second physical

layer for the Bluetooth 4.2

and backward.

Combined with the

total length extension,

which wasn’t produced

in Bluetooth 4.2

for the core specification,

the 2 megabits

PHY will increase the

net data throughput

to approximately 1.4

megabits per second.

So two times the throughput

compared to Bluetooth 4.2.

And the developer will be

able to change it dynamically.

This new 2 megabit

per second mode

is also backward compatible with

a previously existing standard

BLE 4.2, 4.1, 4.0.

And as we mentioned,

one of the key benefits

is that it will be used as

the overall current extension.

Because the active review

on the air time is shorter.

So new specification on the

physical modulation format

enables higher speed

for Bluetooth 5.

On the advertisement extension–

so it improves, basically,

the beacon application.

So Bluetooth Low

Energy typically relies

on three advertisement

channels to serve

as what we call meeting points

for devices that either want

to pair or set up a connection.

Or simply want to broadcast,

or observe a limited amount

of information.

So when we increase the

number of BLE enabled devices,

those advertisement

channels are becoming

increasingly congested.

At the same time,

there will be a need

to exchange and

broadcast more data

as we move to more

Bluetooth internet of things

oriented applications.

In addition to that, the new

long range physical layer

that we will be talking

about in a few seconds–

it will take up to

eight times longer

to transfer the

necessary information

to set up a connection.

So basically, the

advertisement extension

would also be monitory

in order to establish

a connection into long range.

So the solution that which is

implemented into the Bluetooth

5 is to offload the

advertisements channel

by using the 37

[INAUDIBLE] channel

to transfer and transmit

the advertisement payload.

So typically in a

traditional BLE advertising,

the same advertisement

payload is

sent on those three channels.

Now, with the extension–

sorry, back here.

Now, with the

extension there is only

a pointer which is transmitting

on the three advertisement


And then the pointer

reveals where and when

the actual advertisement

payload is transmitted.

And then the actual


is then transmitted only once,

and only one of those channels.

So this reduces the overall load

on the advertisement channels


So improvement on the

beacon, and also unnecessary

function to establish

connection for the long range.

In other improvements

on the Bluetooth 5–

which is not really

advertised, but it is there

in the standard– is now

the random frequency hopping

that provides a more

robust connection.

Bluetooth Low Energy

4.x channel hopping

is typically based on the

hop increment, which is

a number between five and 16.

Meaning that you have only

12 different channel hopping

patterns available.

With the Bluetooth

5, this is replaced

with a pseudo random

sequence with a guaranteed

minimum frequency

separation between two


connection intervals.

So this will increase

the overall resilience

to an interference–

basically, it

makes the connection

more robust.

And it will decrease the

likelihood of nearby Bluetooth

Low Energy devices

transmitting on the same RF

channel at the same time.

It provides more noise immunity

against other BLE channels

which are more and more popular

in our industrial environment.

Now, if you look at one

very promising improvement

for Bluetooth 5

is the long range.

So Bluetooth 5 basically

introduces a new transmission

technique to achieve

longer range,

without changing the basic

modulation parameters.

So in Bluetooth

4.0 Low Energy, you

have one symbol of 1 megasymbol

per second, which carries a bit

stream of 1 megabit per second.

If any one of those

receiver bits is wrong,

the whole packet has

to be retransmitted.

This is not a problem for

short range communication,

but it [INAUDIBLE] the

system for the system

fulfillment if you

need longer range.

So what is new on Bluetooth 5

is two new available data rates,

which are related to two new

coded PHY with data rates

at 500 kilobits per second,

and 125 kilobits per second.

So you have two new data rates

available as the coded variance

of the 1 megasymbol per

second physical format.

So depending on the Forward

Error Connection that you use,

one over two or one over

eight, you basically

have 500 kilobits per second

or 125 kilobits per second.

So typically– and we are

going to be seeing that more

in detail–

when you combine with the

one over eight coding scheme,

it improves the receiver

sensitivity significantly.

And it is one of

the key improvements

that Bluetooth 5 is providing

to improve the receiver


And for all the data rates,

the overall current consumption

in receive mode is the

same as the standard

Bluetooth 4.2 or 4.x, compared

to the 1 megabit per second.

So in other words, you are able

to increase the range by four,

without increasing

the power consumption.

And that’s one key point of

the Bluetooth 5 standard.

More information can be found

on the Bluetooth site standards,

if you want to go

more into details

and answer all of your

technical questions.

We also have blogs which are

located on the TI website.

So here, we have high

level, giving you a glance

of how the new things are done.

And the key point

is new coded PHY

with no change on the bulk

consumption for the receiver


In terms of conformity to the

standards and improvements,

we see in our

example that we have

been testing and validating the

long range since awhile now,

working very closely

with the SIG Alliance.

We have a very flexible

radio in our family called

SimpleLink that ensures

flexibility for future software


And already ensures

support for the future,

even up to 5 megabits per second

in a proprietary mode, or maybe

future standard.

So the key point is that

we have a solution today

that you can enable to test

the long range right now.

So let’s go more

into the details

on what we have been

testing from our side,

and what you could

actually reproduce.

So maybe you saw

this video already,

but back in December we

did test with outdoor line

of sight, 1.5 kilometers, with

Bluetooth 5, using our device.

And I’ll talk more about

the device later on–

it is called the

CC2640R2F, which

is the latest technology for

the SimpleLink Bluetooth Low


And we did test 1.5

kilometers, and you

have a nice video

on the training that

comes from TI, and also

blogs, that explains

how we can achieve that.

But I’d like to go more

into the details here.

So the Bluetooth 5 enables

to do such long distance also

by improving the

overall link budget.

So if you go more into

the details of the theory

that RF language is

typically the ratio

between the transmit RF power

and the receiver sensitivity


So based on that,

you can see two ways

to improve the link budget.

Either you can increase

the output power,

so this will have an impact

on your current consumption.

And I will give an

example later on where

the typical numbers for power

consumption are given at 0 dBm.

If you do this, so you increase

your power consumption and data

rate is unchanged.

Another option to

improve the link budget

is to improve the

receiver sensitivity

through the new

coding techniques.

And as we just explained

with the new coded PHY–

in this case we have

a data rate, which

is reduced with two new modes–

125 kilobits per second,

or 500 with the coded PHY–

and the possibility that

the current consumption

is unchanged at

the receiver level.

So if you look at the

sensitivity and the link


so if you look at

the receiver side,

the link budget is determined

by this formula here.

And if I take the example

of the SimpleLink 2640R2F

with the coded PHY at

125 kilobits per second,

the sensitivity level

goes up to 108 dB.

Sorry, the link budget

improvements goes up to 108 dB.

So we have a 6 dB improvement

in the link budget,

compared to the 1

megabit per second

with the same low current.

So if you look at

the specification

of the device,

CC2640R2F, you will

see that the receive sensitivity

for 1 megabit per second

is minus 97 dBm.

But it improves at

minus 103 dBm when

we apply the new [INAUDIBLE]

125 kilobits per second.

So again, I repeat,

improve link budget

at the receiver level

with the same low current.

Now, if you look at the transmit

side, at the transmit sign

we said previously that another

way to increase the link budget

is to increase the output power.

So many BLE applications

transmit at 0 dBm.

And at 0 dBm, the device

that we have today

here consumes only 6 milliamps.

If you increase the

output power up to 5 dBm,

we are suitable to maintain

the power consumption

below 10 milliamps, which allows

the application to run off

a typical common cell battery.

So one of the key

points that we did

verify that with 2640R2F, when

we use a new Bluetooth 5 coded

PHY, we can actually

achieve a dB

range of more than 1.5

kilometers, while still

maintaining the bit current

consumption below 10 milliamps.

So that’s a question

that we have

all the time is the power

consumption increasing,

how does it work, and you

need to distinguish a receiver

side and a transmit side.

But the new coded PHY

enables the ability

to still target low

power applications

based on coin cell battery

trained with the new coded


So the first test

we did was basically

line of sight, outdoor,

1.5 kilometers.

We also tested the long range

into indoor applications.

And maybe some of you did

the Bluetooth 5 live demo

that he made.

And the video is available

today on

It’s those pictures

of some extract

on the TI headquarters

in Dallas,

where we have a long

spine of 400 meters.

Where you have,

basically, what’s

called building automation or

closed environment conditions

with a lot of reflection,

a lot of people working.

And we were testing both

the high speed and also

the long range.

And you can see here, one

of our colleagues walking

inside the corridor and

starting from the station

and carrying the peripheral

and walking away.

And achieving 400

meters which is still

a RSSI number,

which was very good

and enabling to go even longer.

So that’s very promising.

We see many

applications that could

benefit from the long range.

And the good news is that you

can actually reproduce and test

this demo right away with

existing hardware and demo

software, based on the

TI SimpleLink family.

So if you want to do high

speed and long range,

then you can develop on the high

speed and test the long range.

One question we have a lot

as well is can we have both?

Can we have high

speed and long range?

So, precisely–

developers will have

to make a choice, a decision.

We just saw that if you want

to implement the longest range,

you need to implement

the coded PHY down

to 125 kilobits per second.

So you will have to make

a trade off and decide

for your application,

do you need high speed?

So we would see that you

can change your high speed

mode back and forth from

one to two dynamically.

And do you need,

also, long range?

And you need to have a

flexible solution that

enables you to change

in software dynamically

for your application.

But you can’t have both.

You need to choose,

depending on your condition,

in order to validate what

Bluetooth 5 can make for you.

So again, the good news is

that we are enabling you today

to test those benefits, high

speed and also the long range.

And this is available right now.

And now, we will move more

into the technical details

on what we basically

offer and how could

you start to test Bluetooth

5 for your application.

So one of the key points

that we did announce in May

was the first solution for

Bluetooth 5, fully qualified.

It is based on the SimpleLink

wireless microcontroller


And the first part

that we did qualify

that enables you to

develop an application

and move to production

and qualify,

is the high speed mode.

So that’s available

today on the device.

We have a demo

available that you

can test for the long range.

So this enables you to

validate for your [INAUDIBLE]


industrial application.

Is your environment compatible

with the long range Bluetooth


And you can test it

on the same platform.

One of the benefits

of this platform

is the industry

smallest, flash based,

Bluetooth 5 wireless


with a very small package,

down to 2.7 by 2.7 millimeters.

So it’s an optimized solution

for end node IoT applications.

And also, part of the state that

I will show you in a second–

we provide the

leading, lowest power

for the best RF performance.

And this is part [INAUDIBLE]

run at deployment

with more devices coming

out in the next few months.

So if you look at the overall

architecture for the people

on the phone who might not

be familiar with the wireless


as the name says,

it’s a microcontroller

plus wireless integrated.

And this is a simplified

overall architecture

of the existing solution where

you have a flexible radio.

As I mentioned, we developed

very closely with the SIG

Alliance the long range mode.

Our radio is

flexible to implement

future mode moving forward.

And also, implement

higher speed mode.

We have some analog interfaces,

like a sensor controller

that enables you to

measure sensor information

while the rest of the system

is sleeping to maintain

overall low power consumption.

We have unchipped nonvolatile

memory, and also RAM,

different peripherals, and a

Cortex industry application

microcontroller that comes, by

default, with a fully tested TI

real-time operating

system that enables

you to implement complex

applications managing

different threats.

It comes with

different packages,

including the smallest

flash based MCU package.

This device also comes with

an automotive qualification

and our platform

strategy will ensure

that whatever you start today

will be software compatible.

And in some cases,

also pin-to-pin

compatible with higher

memory density devices.

In terms of getting

started, we will

see that we provide now some

new curriculum, new examples,

new libraries to do your

development very quickly,

and to test [INAUDIBLE] quickly,

including cloud based solutions

that enable you to

develop code, even

if you don’t have a target.

And also, we have modules

available to our third party

network providing Bluetooth 5.

Another thing that we

discussed– you know,

it’s all about

wireless connectivity.

I would like to highlight that

the SimpleLink 2640R2F is part

of the SimpleLink MCU

Platform that enables,

basically, developers

to leverage our code,

tools, resources across

many technologies.

And one of the key points is–

moving forward, whatever

code you develop today

on the Bluetooth

Low Energy 2640R2F

is 100% reusable for

other technologies.

Maybe tomorrow you will need to

look at sub-gigahertz, or maybe

sub-gigahertz plus Bluetooth

Low Energy and maybe Wi-Fi.

The SimpleLink MCU

Platform is now

using one unique LDK

platform software

that enables

developers to migrate,

very easily, their software

with 100% code reuse.

So this is effective

also on our TI website.

So if you look at our

plan for Bluetooth 5,

what we have delivered

in April, May

was the first Bluetooth 5

fully qualified solution,

supporting the high speed mode.

So this is what is

available today.

Fully qualified,

meaning that you

can go ahead develop

your application,

and qualify your end product.

It’s based on the

SimpleLink BLE platform.

And the device today in full

production is the 2640R2F.

We will implement long

range and add any extension

in a fully qualifiable SDK

around October this year.

And more options to

come along the line.

So again, you can start

today your development

on the high speed

mode, and you can also

test on the same hardware just

by downloading the software

example for the long range.

So if you are waiting

to see what is good

for me– do I need speed?

Do I need range?

Basically, with this platform

you can test it immediately.

Low power is, of course, very

important in the instance

of the internet of things

from the end point, which

are all battery powered.

So I just want to reiterate

that power consumption

and ultra-low power

has been sought

by design into the device.

And you can here

some of the numbers

that we talked

about with the peak

receive current below 6

milliamps, while communicating.

And in overall ultra-low

power architecture

that enables to have less than

0.15 microamps in shutdown.

And we also mentioned the

integrated sensor controller

that enables to get

information for temperatures,

analog, digital sensors,

while the rest of the system

is sleeping.

So overall, and

now, if I would have

to summarize why 2640R2F

for the automotive version

is the right device

for your Bluetooth 5.

And we have more details on

our blogs and on our website.

But definitely, low power

and best RF performance

is one of the leading

factors for this platform.

We are delivering Bluetooth

5 on the smallest flash based

package today, available.

It’s fully qualified

for Bluetooth 5,

but also supporting

Bluetooth 4.2 and 4.1.

So we have this question a lot.

Even if you have a

Bluetooth 5 device,

yes, it will be

backward compatible

and being able to support

also Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, 4.0.

So maybe today you

don’t need Bluetooth 5.

You know, just looking

for Bluetooth 4.1 or 4.2.

And of course, the device

is supporting that.

One interesting point that

we’ve developed in one second

is the ability to

plug and add BLE

to your application, which

is called a simple network

processor configuration.

And I will give more

detail in a second.

Another benefit is that we

provide solutions for beacons.

We also have enough

flexibility and performance

on our device to also

perform voice over BLE.

So we do see more

and more application

on the building

commission space where

you want to use the BLE

link to do voice commands.

And certainly, we can see

now with the Bluetooth

5 and the high

speed mode, that we

will continue to encourage

those applications.

So that’s something

that is popular today

with voice remote control

and spanning out now

into industry applications.

If you’re looking at

the average standards

to control home

automated application,

you will need the

HomeKit standard

and the device is

HomeKit certified.

Industrial and automotive

versions are available.

And again, the device is

part of a larger platform

called a SimpleLink MCU.

And that is ensuring,

moving forward,

software and hardware


for your future development.

And last but not least, it’s

part of the SimpleLink MCU

ecosystem that enables

you to basically invest

in some tools that can be

compatible with Wi-Fi, or also

your microcontroller only.

So if you look back at the

purpose of this presentation,

its all about Bluetooth Low

Energy adoption for industrial.

And we talked about a

couple of key points.

One reality is

that in many cases

for industrial application, the

application typically already

has a host microcontroller.

So we do have a lot of choices

of host microcontrollers

for your applications.

But maybe at this stage,

what you simply want to do

is to just add BLE on

top of your application.

You don’t know yet

if maybe BLE will

be suitable for

your application,

you want to try it.

And you don’t want to

break your full design,

you just want to

connect to Bluetooth

on top of your application.

So this is possible today with

the software configuration

that we do propose.

And one configuration is called

a simple network processor.

We are very pleased through

a simple HPI or [INAUDIBLE]..

You will talk to the BLE

device, 2640R2 in this case,

and this keeps your

system very flexible.

And as we can see in

industrial, sometimes there

is a certification process,

qualification process–

it takes time.

So that’s a very

simple and easy way

to add Bluetooth Low Energy on

top of your microcontroller,

on top of your gateway,

on top of your sensors

without the need to break

your full application

and to redo everything.

So that’s a great

flexibility that we provide

called the network processor.

Depending on your application,

if you want to have a more

optimized system, and if

you are looking at end node

applications– small

size, optimized–

then you can look at

a standalone wireless


Where, in this case,

you will leverage

internal microcontroller

of the wireless

MCU in order to do your

application as well.

So we call it a single

cheap BLE system

or a wireless microcontroller,

basically indicating

both the BLE function and

the host microcontroller.

So two options, depending

on your design cycle,

depending on your

application that

enables you to quickly

implement BLE and optimize

it moving forward.

So in terms of application

and expanding–

and hopefully you

will recognize some

of your targeted

applications on this slide–

this is where we do see a

great attraction for BLE

in industrial, ranging

from building automation–

and today we gave an example

of a door lock solution–

medical, appliances,

asset tracking.

And let’s face it, there are

many industrial applications

that remain to be

defined and to be

seen that simply want to

connect to phone or a tablet.

Now, if I have an

application where

I would like to

have a display, what

about if I have an

application where

I don’t need to break

my system and do

a new redesign– but just

connect to a smartphone?

You know, just connect

to a tablet to measure

temperature, sensors, and so on.

Maybe you need speed,

maybe you need range.

So that’s basically

what BLE is supporting.

And in particular

with Bluetooth 5,

the benefits that you will get

from an industrial standpoint,

in terms of noise, in terms

of reduced power consumption,

in terms of robustness,

in terms of range,

and in terms of speed.

So how to get started with TI?

And here we give you a

couple of key weblinks.

So first of all, if

after this webinar

you want to try Bluetooth

5, it’s very simple.

First of all, you need

to use our standard tools

in TI, which are compatible

for any of our wireless

microcontrollers, in

terms of interfaces,

which is called the LaunchPad.

So it’s an overall

default platform

that we use that enables anyone

to quickly test the software,

and that can be connected to

some add-on booster pack that

comes in different shape and

form, like sensor, interfaces,


So you either then display

the Bluetooth pack, which

is available on the TI website.

And you can see here, based

on the Bluetooth SIG Alliance,

that we were the

first, back in April,

to deliver the first fully

qualified Bluetooth 5 protocols

pack for a single-mode Bluetooth

Low Energy application.

And as I mentioned, what

is fully qualified today

is the high speed mode.

You don’t need to

have all the modes

to be Bluetooth 5 enabled.

And the high speed

mode is the one

that we believe is going to

benefit many applications

quickly, in terms

of the low power,

in terms of [INAUDIBLE]


and all the things

we just mentioned.

So all what you need is

basically a LaunchPad, and also

the software.

In terms of software, if

you look at the market,

many industrial developers

are very new to wireless


And let’s face it,

wireless can be difficult.

So we work hard to

make things easier

by developing an overall

software environment that

will hopefully fill

all of your needs.

One is based on the

cloud based environment.

So you don’t need to buy and

install a complicated debugger

on your PC.

You can use directly Code

Composer Studio in the cloud

on to develop and test

what we call the Project Zero.

So in this case, no

software is really needed.

All what you need is the

LaunchPad and ibeacon location white label internet


You can click on one

button, you flash a device,

and you can follow the

instruction to, really, a five,

ten minute out-of-the-box


talking to your iOS

or Android device.

And then, afterwards, you can

go onto the next step and import

project to the cloud,

you can develop, build,

debug with many examples.

If you go to this

weblink here, you

will see a huge environment

of very simple to use projects

in order for you to validate

if Bluetooth 5 could

be a solution for you.

Then, depending

on your level, we

have also some other

level of project,

like the SimpleLink

Academy which

are different training modules.

With that, combine both

theory and explanation

with interactive quiz.

And that enables

you, for example,

to implement the simple

network processor.

Again, if you have an

industrial application,

maybe you are already

your host controller.

You don’t want to

change anything,

you just want to add

BLE, how do you do this?

The project [INAUDIBLE] is

answering this question.

And also, if you want to

quickly test some demo–

so the long range demo

that we did test in Dallas

for the 400 meters is located

on the GitHub repository.

And all you have to

do is to just flash

the software on the LaunchPad,

press a couple of buttons–

and it’s very easy– and you

can, in a matter of minutes,

test the long range inside the

building, on a parking lot,

across offices.

And really go and see if this

could be a technology solving

your application challenges.

So developing in the

cloud is something

that is becoming more

and more popular.

And again, you don’t need

to install a full debugger

and start quickly by

developing and testing

software available for you.

But if you look at

BLE for industrial,

long term support is important.

I just wanted to give

you, also, a snapshot

of where we come from.

We have shipped more

than one billion devices

over the past years.

More than 15 years experience

in a large customer base.

So making things easy,

robust, tested, simple

is very important for us.

And we’d love to hear your

feedback on your experience.

And we do provide

worldwide support 24/7,

through our online

E2E community.

And also, with many

local offices where

you can have a technical

sales representative

addressing your questions.

So wrapping up, today we

talked about Bluetooth 5,

which is a new standard

for Bluetooth Low Energy.

It’s averaging four times

the distance and two times

the speed, and the new

advertising extension.

We also talked about the random

frequency hopping, improvement

on the power consumptions

of [INAUDIBLE],, coexistence.

And if you want to start

today on the fully qualified

in-production device, the

answer is a CC2640R2F,

which is the smallest

flash based Bluetooth 5

solution in the

world today, enabling

you to do wireless


or simple network processor,

with a fully qualified solution

today with a high speed mode.

There’s also a demo

that you can use

right now to test long range.

So if you want more information,

you can go on where

you can find all the links

for the training, the videos,

and more information that

hopefully will have now caught

your attention.

So I thank you for

your attention.

And now, we will

open for questions.

So I will look at the chat

and take questions on the fly.

If we don’t have time

to answer everything,

we’ll come back to you anyway.

If I need more experts from our

site to answer the question,

then we will also follow

up with our experts.

All right, so we have a

couple of questions here.

So under the 10

conditions, is Bluetooth

5 requiring less power

than Bluetooth 4.2?

So, yes, we basically

have a lot less air time

when we are transmitting

for Bluetooth 5.

We don’t have necessarily

a linear ratio when

you move from 1 megabit to

2 megabits and dividing by 2

is the overall

power consumption.

But something below 50% maybe

could be tested and quantified.

But the real technical

answer is that it really

depends on your system

condition and how you are using

your system, your environment.

If you have a lot

of noise, maybe you

will need to retransmit anyway.

So, yes, Bluetooth

5 high speed mode

is providing a lower

power consumption.

But the real testing

in your condition

between 4.2 and

Bluetooth 5 would

be the real and

stereotypical answer on that.

Is it possible to transmit zone

range in non-connectable mode?

So I believe the answer is yes.

Our demo actually is providing

that on the long range

on the GitHub software.

I take a note,

however, to double

check the answer with the

experts and come back to you.

I can see also a question–

is it possible to send

advertisement extension–

260 bytes in

advertisement channel–

we take this one, and we

come back to you on this one.

So sometimes we have

the question why

should I choose Bluetooth

4.2 over Bluetooth 5?

And so, basically,

in theory there

is no reason not to provide

Bluetooth 5 high speed mode

support, because

it will typically

provide a better number in

terms of energy consumption.

At the same time, you

will lose some link budget

when you go from the process to

increase the high speed mode.

So this is something that

you have to test, also,

in your application.

But for the long

range, really, one

of the key points

as I mentioned is

you will have to decide whether

you need speed or range.

So the answer on why choosing

Bluetooth 4.2 over Bluetooth 5

is a mix of what you really

need for your application.

And also, the good news is it’s

configurable to the software.

So you don’t need to be at

2 megabits per second all

the time, maybe just at the

beginning for your application.

You don’t need to transmit,

also, in long range

all the time.

So it’s flexible,

and we allow you

to do that with our software.

Any other questions?

So we see sometimes the question

on what kind of distance

can I use, can I get when

I am using high speed mode?

So when you’re using

the high speed mode,

the typical distance is

what we call room coverage,

personal area network–

so very similar to 4.2.

I mentioned as well that if

you are using Bluetooth 5–

yes, you can talk

to Bluetooth 4.2,

so this is backward compatible.

So you don’t need to

worry about the right time

to move to Bluetooth 5 or

to stay on Bluetooth 4.2.

Are there any other questions?

Go down to the Q&A window,

there’s a number of them.

Which window?

Yeah, open the Q&A window.

Yeah, sorry.

My PC just froze.


Oh, hold on– Q&A. So I

can see here are questions.

Is it possible to connect

with BLE Mesh network?

So Mesh has nothing to

do with Bluetooth 5–

that’s the one question

we have in many cases.

The Bluetooth Alliance will

release the Bluetooth Mesh

software shortly,

during this summer.

And when it is available,

TI will propose a plan

to deliver the Bluetooth Mesh.

But again, Bluetooth

Mesh is not connected

to the standard itself,

it’s something on top of it.

So we certainly

envision that benefiting

from Bluetooth 5 and Mesh would

be possible in the future.


Coexistence with TI Wi-Fi

SimpleLink products–

the 3200.

So we have many

developers who are

trying to develop optimized

gateway and doing BLE to Wi-Fi.

And there is a

coexistence challenge

between these two

technologies, Wi-Fi and BLE,

where we introduce a

2.4 gigahertz solution.

We do have a third

party who implemented

the coexistence mechanism, and

TI is working on one solution.

And we could share with you

the plan more in detail,

but that’s something that we

are currently looking at, yes.

But it’s not automatic, you

need to implement the software

for the recent

development software

here that we are looking into.

Can we update [INAUDIBLE]

software with Bluetooth 5?

And the answer is no.

The first device shipping in

Bluetooth 5 is the CC2640R2F.

So the good news is

that the two devices are

pin-to-pin compatible,

and you could actually

make a switch here.

But to answer just the

question, no, 2650 [INAUDIBLE]

is not Bluetooth 5 capable.

And right now, there is no plan

to do a sensor product based

on the 2640R2F.

So the recommendation we

have to start development

and to make some

testing on Bluetooth 5

is really to use the LaunchPad.

And if you want to have the

sensors quickly connected

to Bluetooth 5, we do

have a booster pack that

provides many

sensors, temperatures,

and so on that you can connect

on top of the LaunchPad

to have similar

benefit in terms of IoT

ease of use and experience

compared to [INAUDIBLE]..

Can you talk about

shortly about localization

and using BLE in iBeaconing?

So we do have,

actually, many examples

into our customer base of

beacons providing locationing

information and directions

for stadiums, airports,

and indoor applications.

So it’s a mix of is the

radio capable to provide

locationing function?

And it’s a mix also

of software available.

The good news is that our

radio is flexible enough

to provide more advanced

locationing function.

And the software will be

provided moving forward

into our LDK, and we could

share more information

if you come back to TI on that.

I heard that Cisco

[INAUDIBLE] are shipping BLE.

Do you know which

[INAUDIBLE] of that?

No, I don’t know this.

Are there any other questions?

I’m looking at the

frequently asked questions–

let’s see– ah,

more questions here.

Are there references

on using the 2640R2F?

If so, where are these found?

So, yes, we do have

references designed

where we provide a fully

optimized [INAUDIBLE]

on how to use the 2640R2F.

First, if you look at the

LaunchPad as a schematic,

the [INAUDIBLE] is available.

And we also provide

some reference diagram

in order for you to

optimize your solution.

You will see that one great

benefit of the 2640R2F

is that if you want, you

can remove the 32 kilohertz

crystal that’s pretty unique

onto the market, which

is optimizing your [INAUDIBLE].

And we are providing

guidelines on that.

So short answer,

We will guide you through

all that information

and you have, also,

the online E2E forum

that will point you

to the right direction

if you have some more questions.

Which tool do you have?

Do you have to develop?

Really, what you need is

a hardware tool, which is

the LaunchPad I just mentioned.

And as a start, you can use

our integrated development

environment called CTS,

which is in the cloud.

So for the first test, you

don’t need to invest anything.

Just get a LaunchPad for $29,

and you can connect directly

to the cloud through the TI

web on some examples for you

to quickly evaluate.

And once you want

to develop more,

you can develop and download

our ID, which it comes for free.

So the investment

is really minimum.

So if you described on

the Getting Started tab,

go to

Do we have any documents or

videos or technical details

that can help with coding?

So the answer is yes.

And I will just go back here.

You need to look at


We have what we call

SimpleLink Academy, which

are step-by-step guided examples

that help you to implement

real-time operating

system tasks,

BLE services,

sensor controllers.

So many examples

that will help you.

Plus, on we have some

videos on how to get started,

and we have a video

for every Project Zero.

So please have a look

at that, and we’d

love to hear your feedback on

is it enough, is it good enough?

And we want to hear

from you on that.

So where you can find

these resources links here?

Some of the key links–

this presentation will be

available anyway, also, online.

So you can [INAUDIBLE]


Can we use the BLE–

oh, to use– it sounds like

the last question is can you

use BLE to know what is

the distance in meters

from iBeaconing?

I’m not sure about

this one, and I

will need to ask our experts

to give you a correct answer.

But I know that for

locationing functions,

many developers are looking

for distance measurement,

and precise locationing down

to the meter, centimeters.

So I suspect the answer is yes.

But I will circulate back

with our technical experts

to give you the right answer.

All right, so with that we

are already closing the hour.

So if you have more questions,

please continue to post

and we’d be happy to answer.

I think Randall will

have the questions loaded

on the element14 formal website.

And we will continuously make

sure to address your questions

moving forward.


And also, our E2E forum

will be the right venue

to answer your questions

to start on Bluetooth 5.

So with that, I thank

you for your attention,

and wish you a good day.

Thank you, bye bye.

That concludes today’s webinar.

I’d like to thank

Olivier for delivering

an excellent presentation.

And I’d also like

to thank everyone

who has taken the time out

of their busy day or evening

to attend.

Bye bye.

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