Toshiba Launches a Bluetooth® IC Supporting Two Communication Methods

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 26, 2013Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of “TC35661SBG-501”, a Bluetooth® IC that is compliant with both Bluetooth® Basic Rate and Bluetooth® Low Energy communications. Basic rate communication offers interoperability with a wide range of applications, such as smartphones, while low energy is a newly adopted Bluetooth® V4.0 standard that reduces power consumption. Mass production is scheduled to start in November this year.

Toshiba: "TC35661SBG-501", a Bluetooth(R) IC supporting both Basic Rate and Low Energy communication ...

Toshiba: "TC35661SBG-501", a Bluetooth(R) IC supporting both Basic Rate and Low Energy communication methods (Photo: Business Wire)

The two communication methods are not interoperable; they require different devices that match the communication method of the host applications. The new IC incorporates both the Serial Port Profile (SPP) that is used for Basic Rate communication and the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT) used for Low Energy communication. This realizes a single device supporting two different communication methods. The product also contributes to efficient development.

Key Features

1. Incorporates two Bluetooth® compliant profiles, SPP and GATT

2. Reduces loads on external microcontroller for Bluetooth® communication by incorporating profiles.


General wireless data communication, such as remote controllers, sensor devices, and toys; smartphone accessories, such as wireless headsets.


Main Specifications of the Product

Part Number   TC35661SBG-501
Operation Voltage 1.8V or 3.3V

TFBGA64, 5mm×5mm, 0.5mm Ball pitch

Bluetooth® version Ver.4.0
Corresponding profile

Serial Port Profile (SPP)

Generic Attribute Profile (GATT)



Other features GPIO function, Sleep mode, Host wake-up.
Mass Production   November, 2013

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