Merlin Systems launches new range of Bluetooth® development and evaluation products for low cost/fast track implementation of wireless technology

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

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(2004), "Merlin Systems launches new range of Bluetooth® development and evaluation products for low cost/fast track implementation of wireless technology", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/sr.2004.08724daf.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Merlin Systems launches new range of Bluetooth® development and evaluation products for low cost/fast track implementation of wireless technology

Merlin Systems launches new range of Bluetooth® development and evaluation products for low cost/fast track implementation of wireless technology

Keywords: Wireless

Merlin Systems Corp. Ltd, has introduced a new range of Bluetooth® development and evaluation products that enable fast and cost-effective implementation of wireless technology into both current/legacy products and new product development. The range has been designed to allow complete evaluation within the user's application with no specific knowledge of Bluetooth technology required and with all necessary software and hardware supplied.

The range comprises the Merlin BlueCOM- embedded module which features a low-cost serial communication solution for rapid integration into board-level designs and the Merlin BlueCOM- RS232 module providing a complete Bluetooth cable replacement solution and full RS232 compatibility.

Merlin BlueCOM-embedded modules are supplied as plug-in daughter boards for easy integration into both existing and new board level designs. The units come complete with all the software, hardware and documentation to easily implement the wireless link which is “transparent” to the host system. The certified Bluetooth 1.1 compliant module has an integral antenna and a 100 m range with high noise immunity and built-in security for data transfer at 115 kbs. Using a simple RS232 interface with 3 V or 5 V TTL compatible signal levels the low cost unit is robust and fully meets the Bluetooth standard with excellent device interoperability.

Merlin BlueCOM-RS232 cable replacement modules have been designed to upgrade legacy systems that use RS232 to communicate with PC's or other devices via cables. Available as a range of RS232 compatible Bluetooth products to wirelessly communicate with these devices, these products have configurable baud rates and are able to auto-identify and connect giving fully transparent wireless operation. Modules are available for PC and PDA to RS232 device communication and for RS232 to RS232 device communication. As with the embedded modules, the cable replacement products fully comply with Bluetooth specifications and provide a low cost solution with no specific knowledge of Bluetooth technology.

Typical applications for this new range of products will include automation systems, proportional valve control, data logging systems, remote monitor of sensors, data terminals, power switching and traffic systems. Their low cost and easy implementation will appeal to manufacturers who wish to upgrade existing products, design Bluetooth into new products and otherwise evaluate this exciting area of wireless technology for new applications.

Merlin also supplies USB Bluetooth dongles for PC connectivity between Bluetooth compatible PCs, notebooks and mobile telephones.