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Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® in a Pluggable Module

The MSD40NBT is a Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® module that supports 802.11a/b/g/n via an SDIO interface and Bluetooth 2.1 via a UART interface. By supporting both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in the same module, the MSD40NBT helps device manufacturers significantly reduce system size and cost. The module provides all of Laird's hardware and software capabilities including dual band antenna diversity, an expanded operating temperature range, a fully integrated software suite and advanced Wi-Fi/Bluetooth coexistence. Because it has the same interface, form factor, board connector, and pin definitions as the MSD10G and the MSD30AG, the MSD40NBT provides a smooth upgrade path to 802.11a/b/g/n and integrated Bluetooth, reducing system cost while delivering the latest wireless capabilities.

Please review the specifications tab above for complete device specifications, and the certifications tab for complete regulatory and certifications information.

Click here to visit the Software Download Center. 

Download MSD40NBT Hardware Integration Guide (PDF) (version 4.6, 10/11/2013)
Download MSD40NBT Hardware Test Report (PDF)
Download MSD40NBT 3D Model (SolidWorks 2012 3D Model)
Download MSD40NBT 3D Model (Autodesk 3D Model) 

NOTE: The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has recently implemented changes to the End Product Listing (EPL) process. For more information about this update, please see the Bluetooth SIG Listing Process Fact Sheet and FAQs About the Updated Qualification and Listing Process.

Physical Interface Molex 54722-0607 60-pin connector (mates to Molex 55560-0607 60-pin connector)
Wi-Fi® Interface 1-bit or 4-bit Secure Digital I/O
Bluetooth® Interface Host Controller Interface (HCI) using High Speed UART
Antenna Interface 2 Hirose U.FL connectors for dual-band antenna diversity

Important: When using a single antenna, it MUST be connected to the Auxiliary (AUX) port. BT functions on the AUX port and not the main port. For Wi-Fi/BT single-antenna implementations, the AUX port must be used.
Main Chip Broadcom BCM4329
Input Voltage Requirements 3.3 VDC +/- 10% (core)
I/O Signaling Voltage 3.3 VDC +/- 10%
Average Current Consumption, VDDIO -3.3 volts (at maximum transmit power setting)

Note: Standby refers to the radio operating in Pm1 powersave mode.
802.11a (with BT in standby):
  • Transmit: 282 mA (931 mW) 
  • Receive: 92 mA (304 mW) 
  • Standby: TBD 
    802.11b (with BT in standby):
  • Transmit: 314 mA (1036 mW) 
  • Receive: 92 mA (304 mW) 
  • Standby: TBD  
    802.11g (2.4 GHz)(with BT in standby):
  • Transmit: 292 mA (964 mW) 
  • Receive: 92 mA (304 mW) 
  • Standby: TBD  
    802.11n (2.4 GHz)(with BT in standby):
  • Transmit: 292 mA (964 mW) 
  • Receive: 92 mA (304 mW) 
  • Standby: TBD  
    802.11n (5 GHz)(with BT in standby):
  • Transmit: 270 mA (891 mW) 
  • Receive: 92 mA (304 mW) 
  • Standby: TBD  
    Bluetooth® (with Wi-Fi® in standby):
  • Transmit: TBD mA (TBD mW) 
  • Receive: TBD mA (TBD mW) 
Operating Temperature -30° to 80°C (-22° to 176°F)
Operating Humidity 10 to 90% (non-condensing)
Storage Temperature -30% to 85%C(-22° to 185F)
Storage Humidity 10 to 90% (non-condensing)
Maximum Electrostatic Discharge 8 kV
Length 32.0 mm (1.26")
Width 22.0 mm (0.87")
Thickness 5.05 mm (0.17")
Weight 3.0 g (0.11 oz)
Mounting 60-pin connector, mounting holes (M2 screws)
Wi-Fi Media
  • Direct Sequence-Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
  • Complementary Code Keying (CCK)
  • Orthogonal Frequency Divisional Multiplexing (OFDM)
Bluetooth® Media Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
Wi-Fi® Media Access Protocol Carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA)
Network Architecture Types Infrastructure and Ad Hoc
Wi-Fi® Standards IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11d, 802.11e, 802.11g, 802.11h, 802.11i, 802.11n
Bluetooth® Standards Bluetooth® version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
Wi-Fi® Data Rates Supported
  • 802.11a (OFDM): 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
  • 802.11b (DSSS): 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
  • 802.11g (OFDM): 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
  • 802.11n (OFDM, MCS 0-7): 6.5, 7.2, 13.0, 14.4, 19.5, 21.7, 26.0, 28.9, 39.0, 43.3, 52.0, 57.8, 58.5, 65.0, 72.2 Mbps
Wi-Fi® Modulation
  • BPSK: 1, 6, 6.5, 7.2, 9 Mbps
  • QPSK: 2, 5.5, 11, 12, 13, 14.4, 18, 19.5, 21.7 Mbps
  • 16-QAM: 24, 26, 28.9, 36, 39, 43.3 Mbps
  • 64-QAM: 48, 52, 54, 57.8, 58.5, 65, 72.2 Mbps
802.11n Spatial Streams 1 (Single Input, Single Output)
Bluetooth® Data Rates Supported 1,2,3 Mbps
Bluetooth® Modulation
  • GHSK: 1 Mbps
  • Pi/4-DQPSK: 2 Mbps
  • 8-DPSK: 3 Mbps
Regulatory Domain Support
  • FCC (Americas, Parts of Asia and Middle East)
  • ETSI (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Parts of Asia)
  • MIC (formerly TELEC) (Japan)
  • KC (formerly KCC)(Korea)
Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 2.4 GHz Frequency Bands
  • 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz
  • 2.4 GHz to 2.473 GHz
  • 2.4 GHz to 2.495 GHz
  • 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz
Wi-Fi® 5 GHz Frequency Bands
  • 5.15 GHz to 5.35 GHz
  • 5.47 GHz to 5.725 GHz
  • 5.15 GHz to 5.35 GHz
  • 5.47 GHz to 5.725 GHz
  • 5.725 GHz to 5.82 GHz
  • 5.15 GHz to 5.35 GHz
  • 5.15 GHz to 5.35 GHz
  • 5.725 GHz to 5.82 GHz
Wi-Fi® 2.4 GHz Operating Channels
  • ETSI:13 (3 non-overlapping) 
  • FCC:11 (3 non-overlapping) 
  • MIC:14 (4 non-overlapping) 
  • KC:13 (3 non-overlapping) 
Wi-Fi® 5 GHz Operating Channels
  • ETSI: 19 non-overlapping
  • FCC: 23 non-overlapping
  • MIC: 8 non-overlapping
  • KC: 12 non-overlapping
Transmit Power Settings

Maximum transmit power will vary according to individual country regulations. All values nominal, +/-2 dBm
Note: Laird 40 series radios support a single spatial stream and 20 MHz channels only  
  • 6 Mbps 16 dBm (40 mW)
  • 54 Mbps 16 dBm (40 mW)
  • 1 Mbps 16 dBm (40 mW)
  • 11 Mbps 16 dBm (40 mW)
  • 6 Mbps 15 dBm (32 mW)
  • 54 Mbps 14 dBm (25 mW)
    802.11n (2.4 GHz):
  • 6.5 Mbps (MSCO) 13 dBm (20 mW)
  • 65 Mbps (MCS7) 11 dBm (13 mW)
    802.11n (5 GHz):
  • 6.5 Mbps (MSCO) 16 dBm (40 mW)
  • 65 Mbps (MCS7) 13 dBm (20 mW)
  • 1 Mbps 0 dBm (1mW)
  • 2 Mbps 0 dBm (1mW)
  • 3 Mbps 0dBm (1mW)
Typical Receiver Sensitivity
  • 6 Mbps: -90 dBm 
  • 24 Mbps: -84 dBm 
  • 54 Mbps: -75 dBm (PER <= 10%) 
  • 1 Mbps: -96dBm 
  • 11 Mbps: -89 dBm (PER <=10%) 
  • 6 Mbps: -90 dBm 
  • 24 Mbps: -84 dBm 
  • 54 Mbps: -74 dBm (PER <= 10%) 
    802.11n (2.4 GHz):
  • MCS0 6.5 Mbps: -90 dBm 
  • MCS4 39 Mbps: -79 dBm 
  • MCS7 65 Mbps: -72 dBm 
    802.11n (5 GHz):
  • MCS0 6.5 Mbps: -89 dBm 
  • MCS4 39 Mbps: -79 dBm 
  • MCS7 65 Mbps: -71 dBm 
  • 1 Mbps: TBD 
  • 2 Mbps: TBD 
  • 3 Mbps: TBD 
Operating Systems Supported
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Windows Mobile 6.0
  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • Windows Embedded CE 7.0
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Windows Embedded CE 5.0
  • Linux, 2.6x, 3.x.x.kernel
  • Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
  • Wi-Fi® Protected Access (WPA)
  • IEEE 802.11i (WPA2)
  • Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP, RC4 Algorithm)
  • Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP, RC4 Algorithm)
  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES, Rijndael Algorithm)
    Encryption Key Provisioning:
  • Static (40 and 128 bit lengths)
  • Pre-Shared (PSK)
  • Dynamic
    802.1X Extensible Authentication Protocol Types:
  • LEAP
    MIC Regulatory Domain (PENDING):
  • Article 2 Item 19, Category WW (2.4GHz Channels 1-13) 
  • Article 2 Item 19-2, Category GZ (2.4GHz Channel 14) 
  • Article 2 Item 19-3, Category XW (5150-5250 W52 & 5250-5350 W53) 
  • Article 2 Item 19-3-2 Category YW (5470-5725 W56)
Certifications Wi-Fi® Alliance: Embedded Client Certification
  • 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
  • WPA Enterprise
  • WPA2 Enterprise

Cisco_Compatible_35x30Cisco Compatible Extensions (Version 4) 

Bluetooth® SIG Qualification 

Warranty Limited Lifetime 

All specifications are subject to change without notice 

The MSD40NBT is certified for compliance to various CE, ETSI, FCC, Industry Canada, and Wi-Fi® Alliance standards with certification to MIC standards and Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) specifications planned for the near term. The grants, approvals, and formal test reports associated with these certifications may be leveraged by Laird customers to achieve their required device certifications. The degree to which customers can leverage these Laird certifications is dependent upon the regulatory agency, industry body, and the type of end device.

If any additional information or guidance is required, please contact the Laird wireless certifications group via email or by telephone at 330.434.7929.


The MSD40NBT has been tested for compliance to various CE and ETSI standards and specifications:

This testing was conducted with the following antennas:

These formal test reports may be leveraged by mobile and portable device vendors as part of their self declaration to obtain the CE mark required by members of the European Union. ETSI/CE rules differ from those of the FCC and IC in that there is no provision for a modular approval. All approvals and certifications must exist at the device level rather than the module (radio) level.

The MSD40NBT is fully compliant with Annex IV procedures in article 10.5 of R&TTE directive 99/5/EC.  

Like all Laird Wi-Fi modules, the MSD40NBT is fully compliant with European Union Directive 2011/65/EU or Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as per our Declaration of Compliance.

Laird 40NBT Series EN 300 328 v1.8.1 Updates

EN 300 328 v.1.8.1, which officially goes into effect on January 2015, includes new mandatory spectrum sharing requirements with the goal of reducing interference within the 2.4 GHz band. The following are the two main ways to achieve this: 

  • By incorporating adaptivity functionality such as DAA (Detect and Avoid), CCA (Clear Channel Assessment), and LBT (Listen Before Talk)
  • By reducing the radio’s power, duty cycle, or both

The Laird 40NBT series radios (WB40NBT, MSD40NBT, and SSD40NBT) have successfully tested to the adaptivity requirements of the new standard. See the following for additional information:   

These radios will have the full EN 300 328 v1.8.1 in place before the end of 2014.


Laird has received the following FCC grants for the MSD40NBT (FCC identifier TWG-SDCMSD40NBT).

FCC Part 15.247 Subpart C 

This grant relates to operation in the 2.412 to 2.462 GHz (ISM) and 5.745 to 5.805 GHz (UNII-3) frequency bands.

FCC Part 15.407 Subpart E

This grant relates to operation in the 5.180 to 5.240 GHz (UNII-1), 5.280 to 5.320 GHz (UNII-2), and 5.500 to 5.700 GHz (UNII-2 Extended) frequency bands.

These grants were secured with the following antennas:

The above grants are Modular Approvals. Specific limitations are indicated on each grant.

When using this grant, the MSD40NBT must be installed only in mobile devices (devices which typically operate at distances greater than 20cm, or 7.9 inches, from the human body). When certifying portable devices (those that typically operate at distances less than 20cm from the human body) a new grant must be secured by the device vendor.

Note: Laird test data may be leveraged by the device vendor to minimize the cost and time associated with the certification process.

Industry Canada

The MSD40NBT is certified to the Industry Canada (IC) RSS-210 standard. IC 6616A-SDCMSD40NBT certification is based on FCC certification testing, using the same antennas and transmit power and covering the same frequency bands. Test reports and data sheets relevant to this certification may be found in the FCC section above.

Note: The FCC/IC grants and associated test reports are currently being finalized and are not yet available for download.

National Communications Commission

The MSD40NBT (NCC ID CCAB12LP1340T9) is certified to the National Communications Commission (NCC) standards:

Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS)

The MSD40NBT is certified to the following Australian/New Zealand standard:

Wi-Fi® Alliance

Laird has received and Embedded Client Certification to the following standards: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, WPA (both personal and enterprise) and WPA2/802.11i (both personal and enterprise). For those host devices which include the MSD40NBT, the vendor may assert that their device incorporates a Wi-Fi® Certified Embedded Client. The vendor need not be a member of the Wi-Fi® Alliance to make this assertion but may not use the "Wi-Fi® Certified" logo in conjunction with their device unless they themselves are a Wi-Fi® Alliance member.

If the device vendor is a member of the Wi-Fi® Alliance, they may have WFA certification transferred to them only if they integrate the already-certified module into their device in a "hands off" manner; in other words, make no changes during integration that would impact the way in which the module operates. Laird Technologies will provide consultative services to those vendors who choose to pursue a Wi-Fi® Alliance certification for their Laird Wi-Fi equipped devices.

Cisco Compatible Extensions

Laird is a member of the Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) program and has a direct license from Cisco for intellectual property relating to the various versions of the CCX specifications. Laird has submitted the MSD30AG to an authorized CCX test lab and has been found to be fully compliant with version 4 of the CCX specifications for application specific devices (ASDs). For those host devices which include the MSD30AG, the vendor may assert that their device incorporates a Cisco Compatible radio module.

Click here for verification of CCX compliance for this product.

Device vendors who are members of the CCX program may also choose to secure CCX compliance for their end device. When incorporating the MSD40NBT into their product with the above software version, the vendor need not be a direct licensee for Cisco intellectual property. Rather, in this case the device vendor need only submit their MSD40NBT enabled device for CCX compliance testing to the version 4 test plan for ASDs. By leveraging Laird's "pre-approved" Wi-Fi software and by testing to the same plan, the vendor has a greater assurance that their actual testing will result in end device compliance. Laird will provide consultative services to those vendors who choose to pursue CCX compliance for their Laird Wi-Fi equipped devices.

Bluetooth® SIG

The MSD40NBT has received the Bluetooth® SIG Qualification. The Qualified Design Listing details can be viewed from the Bluetooth® SIG website: MSD40NBT Qualified Design Listing.

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Laird Technologies warrants to the original end user customer of its products that its products are free from defects in material and workmanship. Subject to the conditions and limitations set forth below, Laird Technologies will, at its option, either repair or replace any part of its products that prove defective by reason of improper workmanship or materials. Repaired parts or replacement products will be provided by Laird Technologies on an exchange basis, and will be either new or refurbished to be functionally equivalent to new. If Laird Technologies is unable to repair or replace the product, it will refund the current value of the product at the time the warranty claim is made.

This limited warranty does not cover any damage to this product that results from improper installation, accident, abuse, misuse, natural disaster, insufficient or excessive electrical supply, abnormal mechanical or environmental conditions, or any unauthorized disassembly, repair, or modification. This limited warranty also does not apply to any product on which the original identification information has been altered, obliterated or removed, has not been handled or packaged correctly, has been sold as second-hand or has been resold.

This limited warranty covers only repair, replacement or refund for defective Laird Technologies products, as provided above. Laird Technologies is not liable for, and does not cover under warranty, any loss of data or any costs associated with determining the source of system problems or removing, servicing or installing Laird Technologies products. This warranty excludes 3rd party software, connected equipment or stored data. In the event of a claim, Laird Technologies' sole obligation shall be replacement of the hardware.


This limited warranty applies only to the original end user customer of the product. This limited warranty is non-transferable. This limited warranty is in force for the useful lifetime of the original end product into which the Laird Technologies product is installed. Useful lifetime of the original end product may vary but is not to exceed five (5) years from the original date of the end product purchase. Any repair, component replacement or modification to the original product constitutes the end of the lifetime of the end product as defined here.


Warranty on Laird Technologies products are only applicable if the parts were purchased from Laird Technologies authorized OEMs/distributors/resellers or directly from Laird Technologies.


The following parts are not covered by this warranty:

  • Products without the label containing Laird Technologies' serial number or MAC address
  • Products that are purchased from other end users
  • Products that Laird Technologies determines were not purchased through Laird Technologies authorized OEMs/distributors/resellers or directly from Laird Technologies
  • All EOL claims to return back to point of purchase or respective distributors.


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Laird Technologies products are not authorized for use as critical components in life support equipment or for applications in which the failure or malfunction of the products would create a situation in which personal injury or death is likely to occur. Laird Technologies shall not be liable for the death of any person or any loss, injury or damage to persons or property by use of Laird Technologies products.

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