How to Add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Connection to ARM Cortex-M

In many of my embedded projects I’m using successfully the Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+ (see “Tutorial: Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+ with the Freescale FRDM-K64F Board“) and the HC-06 Bluetooth transceivers (see “Getting Bluetooth Working with JY-MCU BT_BOARD V1.06“) for wireless communication. However, the nRF24L01+ is using a proprietary protocol, and the HC-06 does not work with Apple products (it does very well with Android devices). To close that gap I decided to add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE, or Bluetooth 4.x). So this post is about how to add Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to NXP (formerly Freescale) Kinetis devices:

BLE Enabled Kinetis

BLE Enabled Kinetis

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Yet another Bluetooth Firmware: BC04

I was thinking that these common and cheap bluetooth modules have either HC-05 or HC-06 firmware (see this post). Well, I was wrong: there are more! Obviously there many more firmware images available on that British CSR BlueCore4-Ext chip. Mihai Surdeanu contacted me with an updated firmware for a module which has the “BC04” firmware on it. He was so gentle and has sent me an updated Processor Expert component which works with that BC04 firmware :-).

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