Initially I wanted to show the BLE-Shield v3.0.0 and the BLE-Shield v3.0.0 LR (Long Range) at Maker Faire Rome 2014, but they didn’t make it in time for a presentation in rome.
Now I was able to solder the BLE113 and BLE121LR module using a simple hot plate successfully. Since both modules are equipped with 256kb flash, there is no need for additional SPI Flash memory chips or a USB port to support upgrading the firmware. That’s what the intention of the new shields. Reduce the necessary parts and still provide as much flexibility for the end user. Using this setup, simple firmware updates can be easily done using my BLExplr App.
See the initial v0.1 revisions of the shields are illustrated in the picture below. Stay tuned for updates regarding progress and availability.
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