I'm working on a smartphone accessory project and recently received some sample CC2541
Texas Instruments Bluetooth LE (low energy) chips that are SMD and for which I could use a reflow oven. Is the reflow toaster oven
still around? I can't recall seeing one marked for not-for-food as would indicate its use as a reflow oven.
Also, does anyone know of a good source of solder paste in a syringe for solder paste stenciling
These Bluetooth LE chips are supposed to be able to communicate with the newer iPhones and Android phones pretty easily. The programming seems straight forward, and they don't require any special "built for iPhone" licensing. They have a 8051 system-on-a-chip
built-in with a bunch of I/O lines so one would not need a separate microcontroller. There is also another version, the CC2540
, which has a USB interface, but they are back-ordered.
What I want to do is build some generic boards for trying out controlling different things with them, like a garage door opener. If anyone else is interested in trying out something like this, please feel free to let me know. I am also getting the SensorTag
developement kit/device which uses the CC2541.