Toshiba Launches New ICs for Bluetooth® Smart Devices with Industry-Leading-Class Low Current Consumption



  TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 14, 2016

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Toshiba Corporation’s (TOKYO: 6502) Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company today announced the launch of three new ICs “TC35678FSG”, “TC35678FXG” and “TC35679FSG” as additions to its line-up of ICs that support Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE)[1] ver.4.1 communications. At 3V supply voltage, the new ICs consume just under half the power of Toshiba’s previous products[2], and realize current consumption on par with the lowest in the industry[3]. Sample shipments start today, with mass production scheduled to start by the end of 2016 for “TC35678FXG” and in early 2017 for the other two ICs.

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Adoption of a highly efficient DC-DC converter introduced in earlier products and an original low-power circuit design secures a nearly 46% current reduction and peak current consumption of 3.6 mA at 3V supply voltage in transmitting mode.

Both “TC35678FXG” and “TC35678FSG” incorporate built-in Flash ROM to store user programs and various data in stand-alone operations. Although memory capacity for user programs was only 64 KB in previous products, it is now extended to 100 KB in both ICs, contributing to the expandability of application programs.

The built-in Flash ROM eliminates any need for external EEPROM, previously required for stand-alone operations. This contributes to cost and mounting-area reduction by reducing external parts count.

“TC35678FXG” is a repackaged “TC35678FSG” in a QFN60 package that extends the number of general purpose IO from 16 to 32. It is suitable for equipment that requires a large number of control pins such as keyboards and remote-controllers.

“TC35679FSG” has no built-in Flash ROM and can achieve extremely low current operation by reducing current consumption for access to Flash ROM. It accordingly achieves long operating times for applications powered by small coin batteries. For example, using a CR2032 type coin battery, the new IC can carry out beacon operation for over a year[4].

The new ICs will facilitate adoption of Bluetooth® LE communications for wearable devices for healthcare applications and for high grade small devices that use coin batteries such as sensors and toys, and will support set makers in optimizing product value.

Key Features
– Low power consumption:
3.6 mA (Transmitter operation @3.0 V, Output power: 0 dBm)
3.3 mA (Receiver operation @3.0 V)
Less than 100nA in deep sleep (@3.0V)
– Receiver sensitivity: -93 dBm
– Supports Bluetooth® LE ver.4.1 central and peripheral devices
– Built-in GATT (Generic Attribute Profile)
– Supports servers and client functions defined by GATT
– Built-in 256 KB Flash ROM (TC35678FSG/FXG)

Bluetooth® Smart devices[5], such as wearable devices, healthcare devices, smart phone accessories, remote controllers and toys.

Main Specifications

           Part Number 				TC35678FSG/FXG 		TC35679FSG 
           Operating voltage range 		1.8V to 3.6V 
           Current consumption in
           TX operation 			3.6 mA (@3.0 V, Output power : 0 dBm ) 
           Current consumption in
           RX operation 			3.3 mA (@3.0V) 
           Current consumption in
           deep sleep 				Less than 100nA (@3.0V) 
           Operating temperature
           range 					-40°C to 85 °C 
           Package 				QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm
				           pitch (TC35678FSG)
								           QFN40 5 mm x 5 mm 0.4 mm
				           QFN60 7 mm x 7 mm 0.4 mm
				           pitch (TC35678FXG) 		
           communication 			Bluetooth® Low Energy ver.4.1 
				           Including central and peripheral functions 
           CPU 					ARM® Cortex®-M0 
           Transmitter output
           power 					0 dBm to -20 dBm (4 dB steps) 
           Receiver sensitivity 		-93.0dBm 
           Profiles 				HCI, GATT (Generic Attribute Profile), including server and client functions 
           Interfaces 				UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO 
           Flash ROM 				256 KB 					- 
           Other features 			DC-DC Converter 
				           Low drop regulator 
				           General purpose ADC 
				           User program function 
				           Wake up signal for host device 
				           PWM function

         [1]: Low-power-consumption communication technology defined in Bluetooth® ver. 4.1.
         [2]: Compared to Toshiba’s “TC35667FTG”.
         [3]: Products with the same ratings (current consumption of 3.6 milliamps (mA) at 3V in transmitting mode with 0dBm) are the lowest in the industry as of July 14, 2016, Toshiba survey.
         [4]: Calculated with a 220mAh battery and 2-second beacon interval time.
         [5]: Devices that adopt Bluetooth core specification ver.4.1 or higher with low-energy core configuration, and that use GATT-based architecture specified in Bluetooth ver.4.0. * The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Toshiba is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. * ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. 

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         About Toshiba 
         Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives. 

         Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of 550 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion). (As of March 31, 2016.)

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