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Serial Port Bluetooth module

April 16th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

I recently ordered a couple of serial Bluetooth module on Ebay.

You can find the same board with different names and different flash memories on the net but they all are based on the same design. The main chip is a CSR BC417143 a.k.a. BlueCore4-External connected to a 8Mbit parallel Flash memory containing the firmware.

Here is the system architecture of the chip from the CSR datasheet:

The BlueCore4-Ext is a generic Bluetooth 2.0 EDR chip with a bunch of interfaces. The USB interface allows to use it in a USB BT dongle design. When integrating it in a microcontroller-based design, you could use the serial interface instead. The SPI interface allows the programming and configuration of the chip using CSR tools.
The provided firmware implements a Serial Port Profile based on a RFCOMM stack. But in theory this hardware could run other firmwares from CSR, for example a HCI stack to connect the chip as a generic BT USB dongle.

The module hardware is very small. The footprint is made to be soldered on another PCB. A serial breakout board is available with RX/TX connections and a 5V to 3.3V regulator. As I would like to tinker with the module to investigate its capabilities, I instead designed a breakout board allowing access to all the pins on a standard header.

I just ordered a batch of breakout boards from Olimex. I should receive them in a few weeks. If anyone is interested to get one, leave me a message. [Update 2011-05-06] Ordering informations are on the Shop page.

Update 2011-05-02

Here is the module datasheet provided by hongkong_electronics
BC4_Bluetooth Module Datasheet.zip

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • Thomas

    Hi
    I found those modules on ebay too. But I can’t find any datasheets about the module – only about the BlueCore4 chip itself. Do you know the pin out of the module?
    Greetings
    Thomas

  • The Chief Sheep

    Hi Thomas,

    I have updated my post with the datasheet provided by the vendor whom I bought the module from. It contains a description of the pin out and an application schematic.

    BR,
    Mathieu

  • Rudi

    Hi,

    Cool, if you can spare me 2 breakout boards I would be very grateful. Nice way to experiment with BT.

    (plse send me an E-mail)

    Rudi

  • Marcus

    Hi,

    Could you please post the breakout board CAD source and/or tell me where I’d be able to get a couple of those?

    Thanks :)

  • Eugene

    Thanks, it was useful

  • mirko ugolini

    Hi
    I bought a similar Bt module fromsure electroics but the documentation they gave to me is very poor.
    Did you try to chande the boud rate or the security pin code.
    More did you try to use the native CSR tool for mange the configuration easily?

  • belal

    hi,

    is it possible to control a relay with the serial port bluetooth module?

  • The Chief Sheep

    Hi Belal,
    I don’t think it’s possible with the stock firmware. The hardware has general purpose pins but there is no mean to control them neither from the master nor the slave side.
    BR
    Mathieu

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