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Description: This is the PurpleTooth Jamboree a full-function board, designed to provide audio bridge support through the A2DP, HFP, and AVRCP Bluetooth Classic profiles. The module is also dual mode which means it can operate as Bluetooth 2.1 or Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE). It includes circuitry for converting single-ended audio inputs and microphones to balanced inputs for the module, and converting the module’s balanced audio output to an amplified single-ended signal suitable for line-input and headphones. The PurpleTooth also includes buttons for pairing and sending audio commands to remote devices, battery charge circuitry, and six-pin serial headers pinned out for connecting to either FTDI basic boards or boards like the Arduino Pro, Pro Mini, and LilyPad.
Each PurpleTooth Jamboree comes standard with a BC127 Bluetooth module, an extremely competent and easy-to-use dual-mode Bluetooth radio. In command mode, any data coming in on the serial port is treated as commands and will be parsed accordingly by the module’s command interpreter. In data mode, any data arriving over the serial port will be directly piped out over the Bluetooth link, assuming that the module is connected to another device using the Serial Port Protocol.
The PurpleTooth is equipped with one Mic in / LINE in 3.5mm jack (with additional 4-pin through-hole mic adapters), one Headphone / LINE out 3.5mm jack (with additional 4-pin through-hole L/R speaker adapters), seven button volume, track, play and pair control, serial to micro and FTDI support, and a USB micro port for power and updating the firmware (you will need a 5V FTDI for serial commands).
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Would be helpful to actually contact the engineer that developed the product. Sometimes the support team has very little product knowledge. Possibly because you have so many products.
Sorry about that. We only have 6 technicians who have to keep up with the thousands of parts we carry. We try our hardest to provide the best support possible, however there are some limitations that hold us back from time to time.
The hookup guide needs better documentation on the hardware aspect.
For example, you say a 5v FTDI should be used, and when you diagram the 3.3 Arduino mini you hook it directly up to the FTDI basic header (called serial->micro…not documented, had to find out what it was in the eagle schematic comments).
Does hooking up an Arduino Pro Mini 3.3v to this 5v Rx/Tx lines not cause damage to it?
EDIT: Are you able to elaborate on the difference between the serial->micro header and the FTDI header?
Generally you will want to connect the proper voltage to your device. However, in my experience, hooking up a 3.3V Pro mini to a 5V FTDI will not cause damage to your board. It may interfere with proper loading of code onto the device. But your Pro Mini will live on to see another day.
I am not seeing the specific instance of that Serial->Micro labeling in the documentation. However, my impression of that label is that Serial->Micro is being descriptive more than specifically naming a component. So Serial or FTDI header -> To Micro or the BC127 in this case. If you can point me to the specific instance you are seeing this label, I would be happy to look at it specifically. You can also email us at TechSupport at Sparkfun.com for more assistance.