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This is the BC127, a highly flexible, low power, small form factor Bluetooth Version 4.0 Certified Audio module. Each module comes preloaded with BlueCreation Melody software, and is ideal for developers who want to quickly and cost effectively integrate Bluetooth functionality into a project.
The BC127 module is equipped with an integrated antenna and is able to run all Bluetooth stacks and codecs at low energy and power consumption (3.3V - 4.7V and 15mA). These modules have an maximum operating range of 30m, a maximum data rate of 3Mbps, and a frequency band of 2402MHz to 2480MHz.
A customer upgraded the firmware and had this to say:
"The issue ended up being that the newest firmware for the BC127 module (6.0.37) has a new set of commands. And several of the v5 firmware commands are no longer valid. I had updated the firmware on both modules before I started testing."
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Based on 3 ratings:
Perfectly working. Be aware when you open the connection with HFP profile ... Use "OPEN (ADDRESS) AG" instead of logical "OPEN (ADRESS) HFP"
small powerful device, I am sure it is capable of doing everything I need to make a audio device with bluetooth. My biggest complaint is commanding the module. Manufacture support is hard to come by, documentation is incomplete and I spent way to much time learning how to make it function. I would give the module 4 stars but support maybe 1 star
This device is powerful, but as other users reported, lack of documentation make it difficult to get up and running. For basic functionality you can follow all of Sparkfun's tutorials and get most features running pretty smoothly... I got a teensy audio i2s streaming over SBC from a source to a sink and back to another teensy out a dac in a few hours with the help of the tutorials (less the i2s configuration setup). I give the product a 3 star because of lack of documentation, but 4 stars because sparkfun made up for the lack of it. Thanks sparkfun!
However if you want full functionality, you'll need to dig through CSR website (Qualcomm just bought CSR the bluetooth chip maker) and Sierra Wireless's forum (bought out Blue Creation who developed the software) to get information on how to upgrade and unlock other advanced functions.
The chips I received have melody 5, which doesn't have aptx low latency codec's installed; so I need to upgrade the firmware on the device. If you want to go down this path, you'll need to get the CSR SPI programmer or figure out a way to program the *.dfu files over uart/usb. As of this review, CSR still contains the Bluesuite software you need to perform this operation, but due to being bought out by Qualcomm, these files may disappear to somewhere else soon. Also note that Sparkfun will guarantee absolutely nothing or provide any support if you upgrade the unit to the new Melody firmware. You will not find the upgrade software on google as some forums or datasheets mention "BC127 upgrade tool" which has been removed from servers because of a legal dispute about the code contained in the utility; you must go to CSR/Qualcomm and install bluesuite which contains the DFU wizard tool you need to perform this.