CSR has recently launched CSR µEnergy Starter Development Kit, a low-cost devkit based on their CSR1010, CSR1011 and CSR1012 modules for developers designing Bluetooth Smart, aka Bluetooth Low Energy, applications.
- Fitted with CSR1010, CSR1011, or CSR1012 module
- USB or CR2032 battery powered (link selectable)
- USB SPI interface to development PC
- Headers – 1x Headers for CSR1010/CSR1012 I/O, 2x Headers for CSR1011 I/O
- Misc – 1x push button, 1x LED
- Dimensions – 80x68mm PCB area
- CSR1010 – QFN 32 lead, 5 x 5 x 0.6mm, 0.5mm pitch
- CSR1011 – QFN 56 lead, 8 x 8 x 0.9mm, 0.5mm pitch
- CSR1012 – QFN 32 lead, 4 x 4 x 0.65mm, 0.4mm pitch
All three come with 128KB memory (64KB RAM and 64KB ROM), CSR1010 and CSR1012 has 12 digital I/Os and the same functionalities (only the package changes), and CSR1011 has more extension capabilities with a total of 32 digital I/Os. CSR1010/CSR1012 are better suited to health monitors, cycle sensors, and are to be controlled with an existing host MCU, whereas CSR1012 is recommended for keyboards, remote controls, and advanced mice.
Beside the target board, the development kit includes a mini-USB cable to connect to Host PC USB port, a printed Setup Guide, a Quick Start Guide (PDF), and CSR µEnergy Starter Dev Kit CD-ROM.
The company provides the free CSR xIDE software development environment (using GCC), example applications for the most common Bluetooth Smart profiles, example host applications for iOS and Android, datasheets for CSR µEnergy ICs, hardware design guidelines, manufacturing packs for module reference designs, as well as production test and configuration tools. Support is available via CSR developer forum and wiki.
You can watch the video below for an introduction of the kit, and an heart monitor demo with an iPod Touch.
CSR µEnergy Starter Development Kit is available now for $99 + shipping with CSR1010 (Part no. DK-CSR1010-10169) from Digikey and Broadband, but CSR1011 and CSR1012 are still under development, and will be available at a later stage. Further information is available on CSR µEnergy Starter Development Kit page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.