SaBLE-x-R2 Bluetooth Module

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Overview

SaBLE-x-R2 is a certified Bluetooth® low energy module built to deliver unmatched RF and power performance. The SaBLE-x-R2 builds on the field-proven hardware of the SaBLE-x to provide a simple, easy upgrade path for Bluetooth 5 connectivity. Built to remove complexity and accelerate development time, the module is pin-to-pin compatible with the original SaBLE-x hardware, which means upgrading to R2 does not require any PCB, footprint, or hardware changes in any existing SaBLE-x board layout.

Note: The SaBLE-x-R2 is a hardware-only offering and does not include software by Laird / LSR, other than an initial sample application and supporting mobile app (ModuleLink) for validating the SaBLE-x-R2 development board.  The SaBLE-x-R2 hardware is fully supported with TI’s BLE stack, freely available for SaBLE-x-R2 customers at http://www.ti.com/tool/simplelink-cc2640r2-sdk. See Getting Started with the SaBle-X-R2 for more information. 

Based on the new TI SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® Smart CC2640R2F wireless microcontroller (MCU), this self-contained SaBLE-x-R2 module provides unmatched integration, including an ARM Cortex-M3 application processor and an ARM Cortex-M0 dedicated for the RF core, dedicated Sensor Processor Engine for low power operation, greater FLASH memory available for user application development compared to prior silicon variant, and both high- and low-speed clocks.

Specifications

Antenna Options
Integrated or External via Trace Pad
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth 5 and 4.1 certified
Certifications
FCC, IC, ETSI, Giteki, RCM, SIG
Chipset
TI CC2640-F128
Dimension (Height - mm)
11.6 mm
Dimension (Height - mm)
2.3 mm
Dimension (Width - mm)
17.9 mm
Interfaces
Highly-configurable I/O that supports all common peripherals (UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, ADC, etc.)
Memory
128 kB FLASH and 20 kB SRAM on-module
Operating Temp - Max (°C)
+85 °C
Operating Temp - Min (°C)
-40 °C
Output Power
+5 dBm
Power Consumption
< 10 uA for 1 second BLE connection interval
Processor On Board
Cortex M3
Receive Sensitivity
-96 dBm at 0.1% BER
Voltage
1.8 V to 3.8 V
Description
450-0119C SaBLE-x, PCB Trace Antenna, CT
Description
450-0119R SaBLE-x, PCB Trace Antenna, TR
Description Development Kit Contents
450-0141 SaBLE-x Development Kit 2 SaBLE-x Dev Boards, TI EM Adapter, Arduino Adapter, Micro USB Cable, and Coin Cell Batteries (2)
Description
450-0144C SaBLE-x, EXT Antenna Port, CT
Description
450-0144R SaBLE-x, EXT Antenna Port, TR
Description Development Kit Contents
450-0150 SaBLE-x Evaluation Kit 1 SaBLE-x Dev Board, Micro USB Cable, and Coin Cell Battery
Description Development Kit Contents
450-0151 SaBLE-x Evaluation Kit with Antennas 1 SaBLE-x Dev Board (with U.FL external antenna port), 2.4 GHz Dipole antenna, 2.4 GHz FlexPIFA antenna, U.FL to SMA cable, Micro-USB cable and coin-cell battery
Description
450-0177C SaBLE-x-R2 with PCB Trace Antenna, CT
Description
450-0177R SaBLE-x-R2 with PCB Trace Antenna, TR
Description
450-0178C SaBLE-x-R2 with External Antenna Port, CT
Description
450-0178R SaBLE-x-R2 with External Antenna Port, TR
Description Development Kit Contents
450-0184 SaBLE-x-R2 Development Kit with PCB Trace Antenna 6 ft. micro USB cable, TI EM adapter, Arduino adapter
Description Development Kit Contents
450-0185 SaBLE-x-R2 Development Kit with External Antenna Port 6 ft. micro USB cable, TI EM adapter, Arduino adapter, Cable u.FL to SMA Bulkhead, 2.4 GHz dipole, FlexPIFA antenna

Certified Antennas

  • 2.4 GHz Dipole RF Antenna

    001-0001

    2.4 GHz Dipole WiFi & Bluetooth Antenna
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  • 2.4 GHz Dipole RF Antenna

    001-0010

    2.4 GHz Dipole WiFi & Bluetooth Antenna
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  • FlexPIFA Antenna

    001-0014

    FlexPIFA Flexible Adhesive-Backed PIFA Internal Antenna

    FlexPIFA antenna with U.FL connector

    Industry-first, flexible, planar inverted-F antenna for curved surfaces 2.5-3 dBi gain. 2.4 GHz and dual-band 2.4/5.5 GHz. 

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  • mFlexPIFA Antenna

    001-0030

    mFlexPIFA Flexible Adhesive-Backed PIFA Internal Antenna

    FlexPIFA antenna for metal mounting with minimal detuning. 2.4 GHz and dual-band 2.4/5.5 GHz with 2 dBi of gain. 

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  • FlexNotch Antenna

    001-0015

    FlexNotch 2.4 GHz Antenna
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Documentation

Name Part Type Last Updated
SaBLE-x-R2 Development Board User Guide All Documentation 01-23-19
SaBLE-x Simple Advertiser Firmware All Software 03-29-19
Bluetooth Eval Tool All Software 03-29-19
Giteki Grant All Certification 03-28-19
3D Models CAD Downloads (450-0141/00151) All Technical Drawings 03-28-19
Porting Instructions for TI BLE Stack All Instructional 04-03-19
Xamarin ModuleLink Source Code All Software 04-02-20
FCC Test Report All Certification 03-28-19
Dev. Board CAD Download (4-29-15) (940-0096 & 940-0129) All Technical Drawings 03-28-19
Application Guide All Application Note 03-28-19
Serial to BLE Central Firmware All Software 03-29-19
SaBLE-x Manufacturing Firmware All Software 03-29-19
IC Certificate All Certification 03-28-19
SCH/PCB Models CAD Download (450-0119/114) All Technical Drawings 03-28-19
SaBLE-x-R2 Board File Package for SDK 2.30.00.28 All Software 09-17-19
LSR Developer Tool Suite All Software 03-29-19
Giteki Test Report All Certification 03-28-19
Product Life Cycle Policy All Quality and Environmental 03-29-19
Sable-x-R2 Datasheet v.1.7 All Datasheet 05-21-20
Serial to BLE Peripheral Firmware All Software 03-29-19
SaBLE-x-R2 Manufacturing Firmware (SaBLE-x-R2 ONLY) All Software 03-29-19
RCM Test Report All Certification 03-28-19
Development Board Safety Checklist All Documentation 03-28-19
Project for ST Nucleo-L152RE Board Host Example All Software 03-29-19
IC Test Report All Certification 03-28-19
CE Test Report All Certification 03-28-19
Sable-x-R2 Product Brief All Brochure 03-28-19
SaBLE-x Development Guide All Instructional 04-02-19
SaBLE-x Dev Board Firmware for ModuleLink All Software 03-29-19
SaBLE-x-R2 Development Board Declaration of Conformity All Certification 03-28-19
Development Board User Guide All Instructional 03-28-19
Project for TI MSP430F5438 Experimenter Board Host Example All Software 03-29-19
SaBLE-x-R2 Declaration of Conformity All Certification 03-28-19
FCC Certificate All Certification 03-28-19
Safety Checklist All Documentation 03-28-19
Getting Started with SaBLE-x All Instructional 04-03-19
SaBLE-x-R2 Dev Board Firmware for ModuleLink (SaBLE-x-R2 ONLY) All Software 03-29-19
Declaration of Conformity - Adapter Boards All Certification 03-28-19
Dev Boards CAD 3D Models All Technical Drawings 03-28-19

FAQ

Can TI's 2.2 stack be used with the SaBLE-x?

Question: I have a working project on a custom board that contains the SaBLE-x chip. The software used TI's 2.1 stack. Now, we need to support BLE 4.2 protocol so the question is: Can TI's 2.2 stack be used with the SaBLE-x. If yes, do you have any instructions?

Answer: Please refer to the following resources.

http://focus.ti.com/download/freetools/release_notes_BLE_Stack_2_2_1.html

https://e2e.ti.com/support/wireless_connectivity/bluetooth_low_energy/f/538/p/536980/1955602  

 

I am writing my own firmware on the SaBLE-x Module. Can I use DIO_1 and DIO_0 as UART interface or these pins are only for the bootloader?

Yes, you can use these as a UART.

I am writing my own firmware on the SaBLE-x Module. What debugger do I need?

I am writing my own firmware on the SaBLE-x Module. Where do I get the BLE Stack?

The firmware is available from TI at the following link: http://www.ti.com/tool/ble-stack

Is BT 5.0 extended range feature related to higher power on newer modules like BL654, Sable X-R2?

Actually the extended range is achieved with slower transmission bit rate which let the radio emissions can be correctly received at a longer range. This data rate is reduced.

Is it safe to run a Laird Connectivity Bluetooth module through a PCBA wash cycle?

In general, cleaning the populated modules is strongly discouraged. Residuals under the module cannot be easily removed with any cleaning process. 

  • Cleaning with water can lead to capillary effects where water is absorbed into the gap between the host board and the module. The combination of soldering flux residuals and encapsulated water could lead to short circuits between neighboring pads. Water could also damage any stickers or labels.
  • Cleaning with alcohol or a similar organic solvent will likely flood soldering flux residuals into the RF shield, which is not accessible for post-washing inspection. The solvent could also damage any stickers or labels.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning could damage the module permanently.

However, if water washing is required you will need to use deionized water. We do not recommend chemical cleaning and cannot guarantee it will not damage the modules. If you MUST clean PCB with chemicals it is recommended that you test on one board and then confirm the module still works after the process, prior to adding it to production, while understanding the above affects washing the populated PCBs can have on the module.

What IO from the CC2640 are exposed on the SaBLE-x Module?

All the CC2640 IO are exposed on the Module.

What version of the CC26xx does the SaBLE-x Module have?

The SaBLE-x module contains the CC2640 5x5 RHB package.

Where can I find the source code for the ModuleLink Application for Android/iOS?

Q: I'm developing a BLE connectivity solution for a specialized device that needs to be operated via smartphone (iPhone and Android) using the BL652 module.  I am working with the programmer on the smartphone application side. Where can I find the source code for the ModuleLink Application for Android/iOS to accelerate the development progress?

A: The Xamarin ModuleLink Source Code for the ModuleLink application, can be downloaded from the product page of our SaBLE-x module, which also uses the ModuleLink application.

Where can I get more information on the CC2640?