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Getting Started

We recommend using Codebender, an online development and collaboration platform for all Arduino users, please read to our Quick Start with Codebender to start playing with your Blend Micro in just a few easy steps.

We have also prepared a detail guide Getting Started with Blend Micro to show you how to program your Blend Micro with Arduino IDE.

 

Description

Blend Micro is our first integrated developement board, we have "blend"ed Arduino with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (aka BLE or Bluetooth Smart) into a single board. It is targeted for makers to develop low power Internet-Of-Things (IoT) projects quickly and easily.

The micro-controller unit (MCU) is Atmel ATmega32U4 and the BLE chip is Nordic nRF8001. Blend Micro runs as BLE peripheral role only, it allows BLE central role devices to establish connection with.

Current supported BLE central devices:

iOS 7

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5 (all models)
  • iPod touch 5
  • iPad 3/4/mini/Air

Android 4.3 or above (4.4 recommended for stability) with Bluetooth 4.0 hardware support

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7
  • (please report any other Android devices supported)

Windows Phone 8.1

  • Nokia Lumia 630
  • (please report any other Windows Phone devices supported)

 

Windows 8.1 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 or USB dongle

Mac OSX 10.9.2 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 or USB dongle

Linux with BlueZ 5.1 with built-in Bluetooth 4.0 or USB dongle

 

How It Works

  • The nRF8001 chip communicates with Atmega32U4 through the ACI (Application Controller Interface). The ACI is similar to SPI but not actually works as SPI. SPI is consist of MOSI, MISO, SCK and SS, whereas ACI is consist of MOSI, MISO, SCK, REQN and RDYN.
  • Since the nRF8001 chip may receive data anytime even not selected by SPI master (Atmega32U4), so the SS line is not needed.
  • For the ACI, data exchange still through MOSI and MISO, and SCK provides the clock generated by master.
  • When master wants to request data from BLE Shield, it puts the REQN to low until RDYN line is put to low by BLE Shiled, and then master generates the clock to read out the data. After reading out the data, master will release the REQN and BLE Shield release the RDYN, put them to high.
  • If the nRF8001 has data to transmit to master, it will put the RDYN to low to indicate master, even though the master has not requested data and REQN is idle. If the master detectes a low level condition on RDYN, it will put REQN to low and generate the clock to read out the data. After reading out the data, both REQN and RDYN will be put to high. Note that REQN is controlled by master while RDYN is controlled by the nRF8001 chip.

 

Overclocking

According to the Atmega32U4 specification, this MCU can run at either 8MHz/3.3V or 16MHz/5V. We have desigend the Blend Micro to run at 3.3V only in order to reduce level shifting components and make it as small as possible; it is because the nRF8001 chip only accepts 3.3V. The onboard LDO converts 5V from the USB power source into 3.3V for the board.

Normally, you should set Blend Micro to run at 8 MHz/3.3V. However, if you want to run faster and not concern about the reliabilty (we do not see any issue so far), you can run it as 16 MHz and this is so-call "overclock".

codebender ide overclock

 

Arduino ide overclock

 

Support

For questions about Nordic Bluetooth low energy SDK for Arduino,
please visit Nordic Developer Zone

All other questions regarding Blend Micro, please visit our Blend Micro Forum

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