Sharp Japan have today announced one CF Type I Bluetooth card and two other Bluetooth modules which could be used internally within a device. This extends the hope that we'll soon see the widespread use of Bluetooth wireless communication in digital devices such as digital cameras, PDA's, communications and input devices. (Thanks to digitalcamera.gr.jp for the lead on this story).

Information and Specifications

Type CF Type Module Type
Name Bluetooth CF card Module with built-in Bluetooth base strap Bluetooth module
Introduction Japan Japan Japan
Model no. DC2C1BZ001 DC2D1BZ001 DC2D1BZ002
Sample price 25,000 YEN
(US$215)
10,000 YEN
(US$86)
8,000 YEN
(US$69)
Sample shipment Feb 2001 Mar 2001 Mar 2001
Mass production Mar 2001 Jul 2001 Jul 2001
Monthly production 5,000 100,000 100,000
Dimensions 49.4 x 42.8 x 3.3 mm 17 x 17 x 2.5 mm 16 x 13.8 x 2.5 mm
Pin mount n/a 29 pin 32 pin
Freq. range 2.402 - 2.480 GHz
Transmit rate 1 Mbps
Data transfer speed 723 kbps / 57.6 kbps (non-symetrical)
433 kbps (symetrical)
Power req. (tx/rx) 70mA / 80mA 85mA / 85mA 46mA / 57mA
Comm. distance 10m or less n/a n/a
Supply voltage DC 3.3 or 5 V DC 2.7 - 3.3 V DC 2.7 - 3 3 V