Panasonic – Combined NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy module enables easy pairing


Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems Europe has launched a new Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC transceiver module which uses its NFC capability to make it easier to use a Bluetooth link.

The PAN1761 module conforms to the Bluetooth v4.1 standard for operation in Low Energy mode, and implements NFC functionality by operating as an NFC Forum Type 3 tag.

The device’s dual radio configuration makes it possible for users to set-up the NFC radio to wake-up the Bluetooth radio from stand-by mode when the host device enters an NFC reader’s field, and then to automatically initiate a
Bluetooth connection.

This helps to save power by reducing the requirement for the Bluetooth radio to scan for new connections, remaining instead in a zero-power stand-by mode.

It also helps to make it easier to use the Bluetooth function in an end-product, since the device can use the NFC radio while bonding with other devices through a process similar to out-of-band pairing when in close proximity to an NFC-equipped remote-control device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, the module can be used to automatically start applications on a smartphone and tablet via NFC, as soon as it is in proximity to that device.

The PAN1761 is supplied in a 15.6mm x 8.7mm x 1.8mm surface-mount package which has the same form factor as the PAN1026 and PAN1760 Bluetooth modules, also from Panasonic.


  • Excellent RF transceiver
  • Programmable Bluetooth EEPROM
  • 32kbytes of on-chip RAM
  • Supports standard Bluetooth Low Energy profiles
  • Operating-temperature range: -40°C to 85°C


  • Medical diagnostic systems
  • Personal healthcare equipment
  • Wireless sensors
  • Diagnostics and maintenance systems
  • Wearable devices
  • Mobile phone accessories
  • Industrial sensors
  • Measurement devices


Panasonic’s PAN1761-EMK is a starter kit for users of the PAN1761. It includes an NFC antenna.

Orderable Part Number: PAN1761-EMK