I am trying to select a BLE module for low power application. I have looked into different BLE modules from different chip manufacturers. For example:

  1. ISM78G1D Bluetooth Low Energy SIP from Inventek
  2. Blue Gecko BGM13S Bluetooth® Module - SiP from Silicon Labs
  3. SimpleLink Multi-Standard CC2652R Wireless MCU from TI
  4. EZ-BLE and EZ-BT Bluetooth Modules from Cypress
  5. nRF52840 from Nordic Semiconductor
  6. Samsung ARTIK™ 020

I am in the process of learning strategies on selecting a BLE module given a few choices. The application will be used in a low power application which includes a sensor to detect objects. We plan to connect the BLE module to the host micro-controller controlling the sensor. The BLE module will communicate to a Gateway (currently being defined) that will transmit the data to the cloud.

Appreciated if someone can provide some guidance on what criteria to use when selecting a BLE module. Thanks for your help!

  • $\begingroup$ As-is, this question is far too broad. The relevant characteristics depend on your particular use-case, and what's... well, relevant to you. Please edit your question describing your case and what characteristics are important to you. We'll then try to convert those to the relevant technical specifications. $\endgroup$
    – Wasabi
    Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 23:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Wasabi, thanks for your feedback. I am rewording the question. $\endgroup$
    – Nil_2018
    Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 14:49

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Looking at if the device supports BLE 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 or 5.0 is a good start. Not all BLE modules are 5.0 capable. What type is distance range might be a parameter to consider some BLE module have line of sight range of 1km or more at a low data rates. Below is a short side by side comparison to help get started.

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