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SAT - ECG with Bluetooth Low Energy

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Purpose of this Wiki Page

This page explains the ECG Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy Reference Design in detail. After reading this guide, a user should better understand the features and usage of this module. The platform comprises a single board (SAT0015 - TI Internal reference number) to which the battery can be connected easily.

EVM Overview

Reference Design Description

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Figure 1: Block Diagram

The system runs on a 3.6V lithium ion battery. The heart of this platform is the TI AFE ADS1293. ADS1293 interfaces directly to the ECG leads. ADS1293 interfaces to CC2541 which is a Bluetooth Low Energy SOC from TI. There can be an application running on an iOS device that customers can use to interface to the system. The ADS1293 incorporates all features commonly required in portable, low-power medical, sports, and fitness electrocardiogram (ECG) applications. With high levels of integration and exceptional performance, the ADS1293 enables the creation of scalable medical instrumentation systems at significantly reduced size, power, and overall cost. The ECG Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy would help customers who are looking for a low power configurable AFE front end as well as integrating wireless feature in ECG applications get to market faster and would help them differentiate on performance and feature sets.


ECG with Bluetooth Low Energy Design Features

  • 3.6V Lithium-Ion battery
  • Low Power Configurable AFE ADS1293
  • Provides reference design for Bluetooth low energy (BLE) antenna design - leveraging low cost trace antenna
  • Enables customer to use this platform and incorporate wireless feature in their ECG applications

TI Part Number Features

  • CC2541
    • 2.4-GHz low energy Compliant and Proprietary RF System-on-Chip
    • Supports 250-kbps, 500-kbps, 1-Mbps, 2-Mbps Data Rates
    • Excellent Link Budget, Enabling Long-Range Applications Without External Front End
    • Programmable Output Power up to 0 dBm
    • Excellent Receiver Sensitivity (–94 dBm at 1 Mbps), Selectivity, and Blocking Performance
    • Suitable for Systems Targeting Compliance With Worldwide Radio Frequency Regulations:
    • ETSI EN 300 328 and EN 300 440 Class 2 (Europe), FCC CFR47 Part 15 (US), and ARIB STD-T66 (Japan)
    • Few External Components
    • Reference Design Provided
    • 6-mm × 6-mm QFN-40 Package
    • Pin-Compatible With CC2540 (When Not Using USB or I2C)
    Low Power
    • Active-Mode RX Down to: 17.9 mA
    • Active-Mode TX (0 dBm): 18.2 mA
    • Power Mode 1 (4-µs Wake-Up): 270 µA
    • Power Mode 2 (Sleep Timer On): 1 µA
    • Power Mode 3 (External Interrupts): 0.5 µA
    • Wide Supply-Voltage Range (2 V–3.6 V)
    • TPS62730 Compatible Low Power in Active Mode
    • RX Down to: 14.7 mA (3-V supply)
    • TX (0 dBm): 14.3 mA (3-V supply)
    • High-Performance and Low-Power 8051 Microcontroller Core With Code Prefetch
    • In-System-Programmable Flash, 128- or 256-KB
    • 8-KB RAM With Retention in All Power Modes
    • Hardware Debug Support
    • Extensive Baseband Automation, Including Auto-Acknowledgment and Address Decoding
    • Retention of All Relevant Registers in All Power Modes
    • Powerful Five-Channel DMA
    • General-Purpose Timers (One 16-Bit, Two 8-Bit)
    • IR Generation Circuitry
    • 32-kHz Sleep Timer With Capture
    • Accurate Digital RSSI Support
    • Battery Monitor and Temperature Sensor
    • 12-Bit ADC With Eight Channels and Configurable Resolution
    • AES Security Coprocessor
    • Two Powerful USARTs With Support for Several Serial Protocols
    • 23 General-Purpose I/O Pins
    • (21 × 4 mA, 2 × 20 mA)
    • I2C interface
    • 2 I/O Pins Have LED Driving Capabilities
    • Watchdog Timer
    • Integrated High-Performance Comparator
    Development Tools
    • CC2541 Evaluation Module Kit (CC2541EMK)
    • CC2541 Mini Development Kit (CC2541DK-MINI)
    • SmartRF™ Software
    • IAR Embedded Workbench™ Available
  • TPS61220
    • Up to 95% Efficiency at Typical Operating Conditions
    • 5.5 µ Quiescent Current
    • Startup Into Load at 0.7 V Input Voltage
    • Operating Input Voltage from 0.7 V to 5.5 V
    • Pass-Through Function during Shutdown
    • Minimum Switching Current 200 mA
    • Output Overvoltage
    • Overtemperature
    • Input Undervoltage Lockout
    • Adjustable Output Voltage from 1.8 V to 5.5 V
    • Fixed Output Voltage Versions
    • Small 6-pin SC-70 Package
    • Battery Powered Applications
    • 1 to 3 Cell Alkaline, NiCd or NiMH
    • 1 cell Li-Ion or Li-Primary
    • Solar or Fuel Cell Powered Applications
    • Consumer and Portable Medical Products
    • Personal Care Products
    • White or Status LEDs
    • Smartphones
  • ADS1293
    • 3 high resolution digital ECG channels with simultaneou pace output
    • EMI hardened inputs
    • Low Power: 0.3mW/channel
    • Input-Referred Noise: 7μVpp (40Hz Bandwidth)
    • Input Bias Current: 175pA
    • Data Rate: Up to 25.6ksps
    • Differential Input Voltage Range: ±400mV
    • Analog Supply Voltage: 2.7V to 5.5V
    • Digital I/O Supply Voltage: 1.65V to 3.6V
    • Right Leg Drive Amplifier
    • AC and DC Lead-Off Detection
    • Wilson and Goldberger Terminals
    • ALARMB Pin for Interrupt Driven Diagnostics
    • Battery Voltage Monitoring
    • Built-In Oscillator and Reference
    • Flexible Power-Down and Standby Modes
    • Portable 1/2/3/5/6/7/8/12-Lead ECG
    • Patient vital sign monitoring: holter, event,stress, and telemedicine
    • Automated External Defibrillator
    • Sports and fitness (heart rate and ECG)

Featured Applications

The ECG Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy Reference Platform was designed to demonstrate how a configurable AFE can be used with a low power wireless radio and thus provide customers a reference platforms to develop their next generation ECG solutions :

  • Sports and fitness (heart rate and ECG)
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Patient vital sign monitoring: holter, event, stress, and telemedicine
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • Sports and fitness (heart rate and ECG)

Highlighted Products

The Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy Reference Design features the following devices:

Block Diagram

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Figure 3: Block Diagram of ECG Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy

EVM Wiki

The most up-to-date information on this Reference Design can be found at the

EVM Landing Page

This module is currently not available for order.

Hardware Description

Battery Life Calculation

It is highly recommended that for battery life calculations, below app note is refered to..

CC2541 Battery Life Calculation

It is not possible to compare the power consumption of a BLE device to another using a single metric. For example, sometimes a device gets rated by its “peak current”. While the peak current plays a part in the total power consumption, a device running the BLE stack will only be consuming current at the peak level while it is transmitting. Even in very high throughput systems, a BLE device is transmitting only for a small percentage of the total time that the device is connected.

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Figure 6: Current Consumption

In addition to transmitting, a BLE device will most likely go through several other states, such as receiving, sleeping, waking-up from sleep, etc… Even if a device’s current consumption in each different state is known, this is still not enough information to determine the total power consumed by the device. The different layers of the BLE stack all require certain amounts of processing in order to remain connected and comply with the protocol’s specifications. The MCU takes time to perform this processing, and during this time current is consumed by the device. In addition, the device might take some time when switching between states. All of this must be taken into account in order to get an accurate measurement of the total current consumed.

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Figure 7: Current Consumption-Active vs Sleep Modes

Antenna Simulations

The following data was simulated using High Frequency Structural Simulator (HFSS).

The Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy platform is a stackup of 2 (1 inch diameter boards).

Goal of the Antenna Simulations was:

  • Validate that the 2.45GHz antenna performs as expected.
  • Estimate the influence of the battery board, by running simulations with and without the battery board.

Simulations with the Battery Board (SAT0009) First simulation was done with both boards to see the effect of the power board (SAT0009) to the BLE antenna located on SAT0010.

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Figure 8: Ansoft Antenna Simulation Setup

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Figure 9: Antenna Sims with Power Board

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Figure 10: Antenna Sims Matching with Power Board

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Figure 11: Antenna Sims Electrical Field Propogation with Power Board

Next simulation was done without the power board (SAT0009) to determine if there was any performance improvement of the BLE antenna on SAT0010.

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Figure 12: Antenna Sims Setup without the battery board

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Figure 13: Antenna Sims Results without the battery board

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Figure 14: Antenna Sims Matching without the battery board

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Figure 15: Antenna Sims Field Propogation without the battery board

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Figure 16: Improved Antenna Matching

Antenna matching was improved by increasing the inductor from 3nH to 5nH. New value was 10dB return loss, which was better


Figure 17: Summary

Schematics and BOM

Download a PDF of SAT0009 (Power Board).

SAT Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy - Power Board Schematic and BOM

Power Section

Figure 18: Power Section


Figure 19: Power Section BOM

Download a PDF of SAT0010 AFE (LMP91000) and BLE (CC2541).

SAT Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy - BLE and AFE Section

BLE - CC2541

Figure 20: BLE Section


Figure 21: AFE Section


Figure 22: BLE Section BOM

****Note that C29 and C32 on SAT0010 are caps that provide low pass filtering to the Analog output signals (Vout and C2) from LMP91000. In the schematic, they are placed as placeholders and shown as DNP - Do not populate. During testing of this platform it was noted that a value of .01uF was most optimized for C29 and C32 for this particular platform. Customers can fine tune this selection based on their system design. ****


Download a PDF of SAT0009 (Power Board) Layer Plots.

SAT Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy - SAT0009 (Power Board) Layer Plots

Power Board Layer Plots

Figure 23: Power Board

Download a PDF of SAT0010 (AFE and BLE Board) Layer Plots.

SAT Gas Sensor Platform with Bluetooth Low Energy - SAT0010 (AFE and BLE Board) Layer Plots

AFE BLE Board Layer Plots

Figure 24: BLE and AFE Board

Gerber Files

Download a zip of SAT0009 - Power Board.

Download a zip of SAT0010 - AFE and BLE Board.

Altium Project Files

Download a zip of SAT0009 - Power Board.

Power Section

Figure 25: Power Board

Download a zip of SAT0010 - AFE and BLE Board.

Power Section

Figure 26: AFE and BLE Board

Firmware Section

One of the development platform for CC2451 8051 microcontroller is IAR development platform. IAR Development Platform.

To communicate to the development platform via IAR, CC debugger is required. CC debugger can be purchased from

CC Debugger.

CC Debugger needs to be connected to the 10 pin header located on the SAT0010 board. Make sure that the notch on the cable that connects to the 10 pin header is facing away from the sensor or towards outside. If connected properly, the LED on the CC debugger should go green.

CC Debugger

Figure 27: CC Debugger


Figure 28: Launching IAR

Launch the project file as shown above.

IAR version

Figure 29: IAR version in use

Ensure that you are using the version either the same or above this one.

main loop

Figure 30: Main Loop

Highlighting the main.c as shown above.

Communication Settings

Figure 31: Communication Settings

To change the number of times the Bluetooth radio communicates to the iOS app, can be easily changed by the highlighted variable above.

Case Statement CO/O2

Figure 32: Sensor Section

The firmware has a case statement to easily change from a CO to an O2 sensor as shown above. Note the 'x' in front of the CO option.

LMP91000 settings

Figure 33: CO Settings

All the key configuration settings for LMP91000 have been co-located for easy update to the firmware.

Add new sensor

Figure 34: Adding new Sensor

New sensor services can be added to the firmware as shown above.

iOS Software Description

FCC Report

The Gas Sensor Platform is compliant with FCC and EU radiation requirements

Download a pdf ETSI EN 301 489-17, v2.1.1.
Download a pdf FCC part 15, subpart B & ICES-003, Issue 4.
Download a pdf EN 300 328: v1.7.1 .

Precautions and Certifications

ESD Precautions

The following guidelines should be followed in order to avoid ESD damage to the board components:

  • Any person handling boards must be grounded either with a wrist strap or ESD protective footwear, used in conjunction with a conductive or static-dissipative floor or floor mat.
  • The work surface where boards are placed for handing, processing, testing, etc., must be made of static-dissipative material and be grounded to ESD ground.
  • All insulator materials either must be removed from the work area or they must be neutralized with an ionizer. Static-generating clothes should be covered with an ESD-protective smock.
  • When boards are being stored, transferred between operations or workstations, or shipped, they must be maintained in a Faraday-shield container whose inside surface (touching the boards) is static dissipative.


FCC and IECS standard EMC test report for the RF-CC1120DIV-MVK MAVRK module, aboard the MAVRK Pro Motherboard

Eco-Info & Lead-Free Home

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