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New Toshiba IC Support Two Bluetooth Communications Methods

October 17, 2013

Device adds Serial Port Profile and Generic Attribute Profile Supporting Bluetooth v4.0


SAN JOSE , Calif., – Toshiba America Electronic Components, (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today launches its TC35661SBG-501, a new device that includes the Serial Port Profile (SPP) and Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) to support the Bluetooth® v4.0 communications standard. Bluetooth v4.0 offers wireless connectivity to a wide range of devices , and adds Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which reduces power consumption in products such as sensors, remote controllers, thermostats, long-lasting wearable computing devices, and other low-power applications.

"Toshiba has a variety of power and cost saving solutions to support products implementing Bluetooth communications," says Deepak Mithani, director Mixed Signal Business Unit at TAEC. "The TC35661SBG-501 keeps pace with updates to the standard and makes it easy to add new capabilities in Bluetooth communications without any product redesign. Toshiba is committed to delivering solutions like these that support the evolving Bluetooth standard for next-generation wireless communications."

The SPP uses Bluetooth Classic basic data rate to attach to a host PC's COM port, and the GATT mode is used in BLE Smart Bluetooth Eapplications. The SPP makes a device look like it's connected to a serial port on the Bluetooth host without needing a serial cable. The GATT profile shares information with low-power BLE devices. The TC35661SBG-501 gives user an easy way to implement a Bluetooth device capable of connecting to either Bluetooth Classic, or BLE host devices without requiring any profile software on the host . The only requirement is an available serial port.

In both cases, users don't need to implement the SPP or GATT profiles on an MCU. Normally, the SPP and GATT profiles would run on the host processor requiring a powerful MCU. By incorporating these profiles into the Bluetooth transceiver, Toshiba makes it possible to implement Bluetooth systems with a lower-cost MCU, in some cases even eliminating the need for an MCU altogether.

The operating voltage of the TC35661SBG-501 is 1.8V or 3.3V. The device comes in a 5mm x 5mm, 0.5mm ball pitch TFBGA package. It has a UART, I2C , and GPIO interface and is designed for low-power operation incorporating sleep mode and a host wake-up function. The device includes a complete RF section, and integrated balun requiring very few external components to implement a complete Bluetooth radio.

Pricing and Availability

Sample pricing for the TC35661SBG-501 device is $ 5.00 (U.S.). Sample shipments are currently available with mass production scheduled for November, 2013. The device is also available in a ready-to-use module.

*About TAEC

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's fifth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, April, 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 210,000 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at


Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at or from your TAEC representative.

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