Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taiyo Yuden IoT modules meet Bluetooth 5

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2018



Japanese company Taiyo Yuden has launched two Bluetooth 5 compatible wireless communications modules for IoT-related devices, including wearables, healthcare equipment and logistics terminals.
 
They are the EYSKBNZWB at 15.4 by 10.0 by 2.0mm and the EYSLSNZWW measuring 3.25 by 8.55 by 1.0mm.
 
The EYSKBNZWB can support the long-range capability that has been added to the Bluetooth 5 standard. This capability will improve the connectivity of wireless communications over a long distance or in an environment in which it is hard to receive radio waves, allowing users to extend the effective communications distance.
 
The EYSLSNZWW uses shield mould technology to realise an almost 90% reduction in volume compared with the firm’s conventional module, EYSLCNZWW at 9.6 by 12.9 by 2.0mm.
 
The company is starting mass production of these products this month. A sample of each model will cost ¥3000.
 
IoT-related devices are required to be operable in sensor networks everywhere and to have low power consumption. In addition, such devices will be used in a wide variety of applications, sizes and environments, which in turn requires the embedded wireless modules to be available in a wide range. Most devices use Bluetooth as the low-power consumption wireless communications standard.
 
Building on the low-power consumption of Bluetooth v4.2, the latest version, Bluetooth 5, is equipped with capabilities for supporting various needs, such as a two-fold increase in communications speed or up to a four-fold increase in communications range.
 
Applications include wireless communications modules for IoT-related devices, including wearable devices, healthcare equipment and logistics terminals, which are required to be smaller and thinner.