Blecon Modems

Introduction to Blecon Modems

Blecon Modems are embedded in devices to allow them to communicate using BLE. They can then be referred to as Blecon-enabled devices.

Blecon Modems are available as both firmware and a modem library.

Modem functionality

A Blecon Modem is how embedded devices access Blecon functionality. The functions it provides include:

There are two main ways to obtain this functionality - Firmware or Library.

Firmware option

The Blecon Modem firmware is designed so that you can flash it to a supported chip and instantly use it as a Blecon Modem.

After you flash the modem firmware, the target chip becomes a fully managed device. You will not need to perform any configuration changes or updates.

As shown above, your device, whether it is based on a microcontroller or any other platform, will access the Blecon Modem over UART, USB, or SPI.

Here are a few implications of this method:

  • Almost any device can connect to Blecon using this method

  • Your device will need at least two microcontrollers or processors, one for your application, and one for the Blecon Modem

  • The Blecon Modem is zero configuration, meaning you do not increase the overall complexity of your solution

Library option

A two-chip solution like the one described above is unsuitable for some types of devices. Reasons for this may include material costs, power requirements, or size constraints.

For these situations, we provide the Blecon Modem Library. Here, the Blecon Modem functionality is provided as software that you integrate directly into your application MCU.

Modem Driver

Regardless of which modem option you use, the interface to use it from your code is the same. That is thanks to the Blecon Modem Driver.

The Modem Driver is the software interface to the Blecon Modem.

Today, the Modem Driver supports plain Embedded C, and Zephyr OS, with more platforms coming soon.

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