Press Releases

Laird Connectivity unveils Vela IF820 series for Bluetooth transition

September 26, 2023

Posted by: Shriya Raban

Jonathan Kaye of Laird Connectivity

Laird Connectivity announces a new addition to its Bluetooth portfolio, the Vela IF820 series. This range of dual mode flexible modules, adapters and DVKs (data verification kits) allows a single module to cover legacy Classic Bluetooth and migration to Bluetooth LE with a single part.

Based on Infineon Technologies AIROC CYW20820 silicon, the Vela IF820 combines all the benefits of the CYW20820 hardware, software, and tools offerings with Laird Connectivity’s added value application software, services, certification, and support capabilities. The Vela IF820 series provides OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) with multiple software development options suited to their resources and skillsets, with close attention to providing replacement products for some of Laird Connectivity’s legacy Bluetooth product portfolio.

“In a growing environment of Bluetooth LE-only wireless options, the Vela IF820 series helps our customers ensure that their estates of Classic Bluetooth devices don’t get left behind,” says Jonathan Kaye, VP of product management, Laird Connectivity. “Together with Infineon, we drive down customers’ total cost of ownership, design complexity and risk, while ensuring the fastest time to market for dual mode Bluetooth IoT (internet of things) designs.”

The Vela IF820 includes multiple small form factor PCB modules to suit any host of board footprints, and targets both hosted and hostless applications. They’re accompanied by low cost, easy to use development kits and the addition of a certified, packaged USB (universal serial bus) Adapter to add Classic Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE connectivity to a variety of additional.

“Infineon is pleased to build on our strategic partnership with our Premium Partner, Laird Connectivity,” says Shantanu Bhalerao, vice president of Bluetooth product line at Infineon. “Pairing the AIROC CYW20820, which delivers flexibility, low power, and high-performance connectivity, with Laird Connectivity’s extensive development support, the Vela IF820 ensures that customers have the flexibility needed to address the ever-evolving needs of Bluetooth applications.”

The Vela IF820 is ideal for a broad range of applications including home automation, asset tracking devices, secure medical peripherals and industrial IoT (internet of things) sensors. Modular FCC (Federal Communications Commission), CE, UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed), ISED, RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance), MIC KCC, and Bluetooth SIG approvals extend to OEM designs with no new testing, enabling faster time to market and reduced development risks.

For more information about the Vela IF820, visit here.

To learn more about Laird Connectivity, visit here.

Comment on this article below or via Twitter @IoTGN