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Nordic Bluetooth Low Energy-powered smart jewelry sends emergency GPS location alerts to user’s designated safety contacts

Low-latency link between personal safety device and smartphone app allows the wearer to contact ‘guardians’ via a single button press in emergency situations

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Kwema, a Massachusetts, U.S.-based technology start-up, has employed Nordic’s Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) to add wireless connectivity to two newly-launched jewelry collections. ‘Eve’ and ‘Pacific Ocean’ double as smart personal safety devices in emergency situations or when the user perceives a potential threat.

The nRF52832 SoC’s Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity links the jewelry with Kwema’s companion app on the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) iOS or Android smartphone. By pressing and holding a button on the device for three seconds, wearers can alert an unlimited number of pre-selected smartphone safety contacts, such as family and friends, of their precise GPS location in an emergency.

When Internet connectivity is not available the app sends a text message via the cellular network ensuring ‘guardians’ still promptly recieve the emergency notification and GPS location. In addition, users can employ an optional feature on the app that locates and immediately alerts other members of the Kwema ‘community’ who are within 500 meters.

Remaining dormant for extended periods and supported by the Nordic SoC’s ultra low power consumption—a result of key SoC features such as the 2.4GHz radio’s 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents, microamp average current and a fully-automatic power management system—Eve and Pacific Ocean both provide CR1220 coin cell battery life of up to one year and beyond.

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines an 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth LE solution.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice supports Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“Long battery life is an important feature of our product. We didn’t want our users worrying about constantly charging another device – even more so a device that could save their lives. The Nordic SoC helped us achieve this requirement,” says Carmina Santamaria, Kwema CEO.

“Another important reason for choosing Nordic’s solution was because the development tools allowed us to focus on our application code while having confidence that the SoftDevice would look after the Bluetooth LE protocol.

“The tools, and the engineering team’s familiarity with Nordic SoC-based Bluetooth LE modules, allowed us to go from the prototyping phase to market much faster,” says Santamaria. “And we couldn’t have been happier with the responsiveness and willingness of Nordic technical support to help us get our designs ready for prototyping and manufacturing.”

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Nordic Thingy:52 IoT Sensor Kit wins top prize in Development Kit category of global ‘Annual Creativity in Electronics’ awards program

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Nordic’s single-board Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy sensor kit recognized by industry-leading ACE Awards with win in highly-competitive category

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its Nordic Thingy:52 IoT Sensor Kit has been named winner of the highly-competitive “Development Kit” category by the judges of the Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. The ACE Awards—held in Silicon Valley, CA, in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference—are a renowned awards program which showcases the industry’s most innovative electronics products.

Nordic Thingy:52 is a development tool targeted at IoT wireless sensor projects and based on Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) and S132 SoftDevice (RF software protocol). The sensor kit enables an app developer with no firmware coding expertise or high-level development tools to quickly design and demonstrate Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and associated mobile device and Internet apps.

Nordic Thingy:52 was shortlisted in the Development Kit category of the ACE Awards alongside three other major semiconductor vendors from the U.S. and Japan, but was adjudged by a panel of 15 industry experts as the winner against criteria including timeliness and suitability for target market, breakthrough technology, and community interest.

The ACE Awards are organized by UBM plc, a global business-to-business events organiser headquartered in London and are held in collaboration with leading U.S. electronics design journals EE Times and EDN. The awards present the “best of the best” in today’s electronics industry, including the hottest new products, start-up companies, design teams, executives, and more. The awards also celebrate the promise of new talent and innovation, and pay tribute to the lifetime achievement of a top industry veteran whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world.

“We are honored to recognize some of the brightest minds in the electronics industry for their impeccable achievements at the 2017 ACE Awards,” says Nina Brown, Vice President of Events, UBM. “This is an industry that is continually on the cutting-edge of innovation and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to fully identify the impact that they are having on the world.”

“Nordic Thingy:52 is the ideal development tool for app developers to test ideas and explore the potential of connected things using all the onboard features and sensors — truly an IoT device,” says Geir Langeland, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nordic Semiconductor. “App developers can start working with Nordic Thingy:52 straight out of the box without the need for any specialist expertise, and we are delighted to receive this award so highly prized by the global electronics design community.”

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Nordic Semiconductor begins lead customer sampling of its nRF91 Series LTE-M/NB-IoT low power cellular IoT solution

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Nordic Semiconductor ASA (NOD) today announced that it has started lead customer sampling of its nRF91 Series LTE-M/ NB-IoT low power cellular IoT solution.

As part of the lead customer-sampling program, Nordic has achieved its first approval for operation in live network of a leading cellular operator. Certification testing with infrastructure vendors and operators is also progressing well and according to plan. Nordic remains on track for general sampling of a fully-certified solution by mid-2018.

“This is a significant and important milestone for us,” says Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO with Nordic Semiconductor. “We are very happy to be able to share our nRF91 Series low power cellular IoT solution with lead customers to enable them to start working on their own market-leading cellular IoT applications. “For everyone involved in the development of this groundbreaking technology at Nordic Semiconductor this is a proud moment. We are all very excited about the solution we bring to the market, and we believe that our customers will share this excitement with us.

More information will be provided at a media and investor briefing on Monday 22 January 2018. The event will be held at Nordic Semiconductor’s Oslo offices at 5.00pm (CET). A live webcast of the event will also be made available, as too will a more detailed agenda nearer the time.

Please register your attendance at: events@nordicsemi.no

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Strategy and IR Director

Email: Thomas.embla.bonnerud@nordicsemi.no

Phone: +47 951 00 257

QuickLogic partners with Nordic Semiconductor for its Amazon Alexa-compatible wearables reference design using Voice-over-Bluetooth Low Energy

QuickLogic’s Reference Design employs Nordic’s nRF51822 SoC to wirelessly stream audio data to an Amazon Alexa smartphone application

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Sunnyvale, CA, based QuickLogic Corporation, a developer of ultra low power multicore voice-enabled Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), embedded FPGA IP, display bridge, and programmable logic solutions, has selected Nordic’s award-winning nRF51822 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) SoC for its ‘EOS™ S3 Sensor Processing Platform Alexa BLE Wearables Reference Design’. The reference design is the first commercially available product to support Voice-over-Bluetooth LE connectivity with Amazon Alexa.

QuickLogic’s Alexa BLE Wearables Reference Design combines QuickLogic’s EOS S3 Sensor Processing SoC—which features an ARM® Cortex™ M4F-powered multicore sensor processing SoC enabling a vast array of sensor applications on smartphones, wearables, hearables and IoT devices—with Nordic’s nRF51822 multiprotocol Bluetooth LE SoC.

The reference design enables connectivity to the Alexa App on a Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone using a custom Bluetooth LE Audio Profile via the nRF51822 SoC. Enabled by the QuickLogic EOS S3 SoC’s hardware integrated Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD), the chip consumes just 640µW of power (in a typical use case) for ‘always-on’ listening and wake-word detection. When the voice prompt is recognized, the audio stream is compressed and transmitted over the nRF51822 SoC’s Bluetooth LE link to the smartphone. The smartphone then decompresses the audio data and sends it to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Cloud server. This results in the AVS server’s response being played over the smartphone speaker. A scheduled update will provide the option to have the response also played on a wearable device.

The Alexa BLE Wearables Reference Design supports the seamless transmission of Voice-over-Bluetooth LE, via a custom application developed by QuickLogic using Nordic’s nRF5 development tools. The application is stored in the nRF51822 SoC’s Flash memory, and buffers the voice data while the Bluetooth LE SoC wakes up. This intelligent power management, enabled by the QuickLogic EOS S3, further minimizes power consumption, while constantly monitoring for the voice activation trigger.

Nordic’s nRF51822 is a powerful and flexible multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth LE wireless applications. The nRF51822 is built around a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0 CPU, 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, and 256kB/128kB Flash and 32kB/16kB RAM. The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S130 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 4.2 qualified, concurrent multilink protocol stack solution supporting simultaneous Central/Peripheral/Broadcaster/Observer role connections.

“We selected Nordic’s Bluetooth LE solution for its ultra low power wireless technology’s dominance in wearables as well as its interoperability with a wide range of smartphones and tablets,” says Brian Faith, QuickLogic’s CEO. “The low power consumption of the nRF51822 SoC enabled long battery life. In addition, the ease of use of Nordic’s software, as well as the company’s outstanding technical support, made us choose their technology again.”

“QuickLogic’s unique EOS MCU-based SoC with LPSD along with Nordic’s proven nRF51 Series hardware and software has enabled this new wearable reference design with Voice-over-Bluetooth LE,” says Svenn-Tore Larsen, Nordic Semiconductor’s CEO. “The collaboration has resulted in an offering that simplifies the development of a new class of voice-managed wearables, which we believe has the potential to enhance the lives of many people.”

The EOS S3 Sensor Processing Platform Alexa BLE Wearables Reference Design is available now.

About the EOS S3 Sensor Processing Platform

The EOS S3 Sensor Processing Platform is an ultra-low power, processing-efficient system which enables OEMs to extend battery life while designing in sophisticated, always-on sensing capabilities for mobile, wearable, hearable and IoT devices. The EOS S3 employs not only fundamental, but also very sophisticated, always-on, context-aware sensing capabilities while staying well within the strict power budgets of smartphone, wearable, hearable and IoT designs.

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Nordic-powered long-range Bluetooth Low Energy router enables real time edge processing and multiple pairing connections for enterprise IoT applications

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The ‘E1000 Bluetooth IoTEdge Router’ from Cassia Networks employs Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to deliver scalable, long range, high bandwidth wireless connectivity solution

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Silicon Valley, U.S.-, and Beijing, China-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, Cassia Networks, has selected Nordic’s award-winning nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘E1000 Bluetooth IoTEdge Router’. The Cassia long-range Bluetooth router is designed for enterprise IoT applications including: Industrial, healthcare, smart city, retail, senior care, education, as well as sports.

By employing the Bluetooth 5-certified Nordic nRF52832 SoC, the E1000 Bluetooth IoTEdge Router significantly reduces the cost, and increases the power of long-range IoT gateways. Specifically, the number of Bluetooth LE pairing connections to devices increases, providing up to 40 real-time bidirectional links, bandwidth capacity is doubled, and ‘edge’ processing of third-party applications is enabled.

Cassia claims the E1000 is the first long-range, bidirectional Bluetooth IoT edge processing router for the IoT enterprise market. It extends Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity to over 300 meters (with field testing currently at much longer ranges). In bidirectional mode, it controls up to 40 Bluetooth LE devices, while in ‘listening’ mode it can listen to hundreds of devices. Combining the power of the Nordic chip and long-range Bluetooth, the router reduces the cost and complexity of enterprise IoT deployments, especially when compared to using costly smartphones or tablets as IoT gateways. Moreover, the router’s edge processing capability—powered by the Nordic SoC—facilitates new third-party Bluetooth LE applications for the enterprise IoT market.

In an enterprise IoT application, which may use hundreds of long-range Bluetooth routers, seamless configuration and management is delivered using a local server, or the Cloud-based Cassia IoT Access Controller (AC). The Cassia AC allows for the monitoring of thousands of connected devices from a single centralized interface. In addition, a dashboard provides a network data display, single click firmware upgrades, device location management, and encrypted end-to-end security.

“The new long-range Bluetooth LE edge routing capability solves many of the failure points of older IoT enterprise deployments including connectivity, scalability, complexity, and cost,” says Felix Zhao, Cassia Networks CEO. “Long-range Bluetooth LE does this by delivering a worldwide standard. It connects billions of existing Bluetooth LE sensors to existing infrastructure, using low power, over long-range, at an extremely low price point.”

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines an 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth LE solution.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“There were three key features of the nRF52832 SoC behind our decision to use the Nordic chip,” continues Zhao. “Firstly, the CPU power and memory allocation enable flexibility for future applications. Secondly, enterprise customers are looking for ‘connection density’ in order to reduce installation costs associated with deploying gateways, so the increase in the number of bidirectional links was a factor. Thirdly, the support for Bluetooth 5 allows us to position the E1000 Bluetooth IoTEdge Router for additional range increases in long-range Bluetooth routers, as well as future enterprise IoT features and applications.

“Nordic’s reputation and ability to work with Cassia Networks on our requirements and timelines further enhanced its value.”

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Nordic-powered Bluetooth 5 device-to-Cloud mesh networking platform delivers wireless connectivity and edge computing to commercial IoT applications

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Rigado’s ‘Edge Connectivity Suite’ employs Nordic Semiconductor’s advanced multiprotocol nRF52840 SoC to help rapidly deploy large scale IoT projects

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Portland, OR-based, wireless solutions company, Rigado, has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘Edge Connectivity Suite’, a device-to-Cloud solution for reducing the cost and risk of commercial Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.

The Edge Connectivity Suite is comprised of Rigado’s full line of nRF52 Series-based modules—including the new BMD-340—as well as its Vesta IoT Gateway, and DeviceOps® platform for updating of large-scale IoT deployments.

The BMD-340 module provides smart-device manufacturers with a plug-and-play solution to speed time to market, while reducing design, testing, and certification costs. Because it incorporates the nRF52840 SoC, the module is fully Bluetooth 5-certified and features full mesh-networking capabilities, making it ideal for applications such as smart lighting or asset tracking.

The nRF52 Series-powered Vesta IoT Gateway is a cost-effective edge router to connect wireless devices, run edge applications, and integrate with Cloud services. The gateway manages long range connectivity to end devices, and ensures data reaches both public and private Cloud services. It also supports custom edge applications to process data and offer local device control.

The company’s Cloud-based DeviceOps tools allow for faster development and secure over-the-air device firmware updates (OFA-DFU) at scale, allowing developers to quickly push new builds to their gateways during prototyping. For production deployment, the gateways are given a secure ID and key at the point of manufacture, enabling field updates via DeviceOps after deployment.

Nordic’s nRF52840 Bluetooth LE SoC is Nordic’s most advanced ultra low power wireless solution. The SoC supports complex Bluetooth LE and other low-power wireless applications that were previously not possible with a single-chip solution. The SoC combines a 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, IEEE 802.15.4, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) with 1MB Flash memory and 256kB RAM. A new radio architecture with on-chip PA provides features -96dB RX sensitivity, a maximum output power of 8dBm, and a total link budget of >110dBm. Designed to address the inherent security challenges of the IoT, the nRF52840 SoC incorporates the ARM® CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator, offering best-in-class security.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S140 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certified software protocol stack for building long range and high data Bluetooth LE applications. The S140 SoftDevice offers concurrent Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster, and Observer Bluetooth LE roles.

“Many manufacturers and integrators are now choosing Bluetooth 5 for their Commercial IoT applications, such as asset tracking and smart lighting,” says Ben Corrado, CEO at Rigado. “But using Bluetooth 5 for large-scale IoT deployments requires a solution that addresses flexibility, interoperability, and security. That’s what Rigado’s Edge Connectivity Suite provides.

“The nRF52840 SoC’s full support of Bluetooth 5—including long range, fast data bandwidth rate, and advertising extensions—as well as the computing capability of the ARM Cortex M4F processor, make it an attractive option for the Edge Connectivity Suite and our customers who want to build smarter devices.”

To help companies rapidly prototype Bluetooth 5 IoT solutions, Nordic and Rigado have also partnered to create the Rigado IoT Development Kit (DK), which combines the Vesta IoT Gateway with Nordic’s Thingy:52 sensor. The Nordic Thingy:52® DK enables app developers to configure, test, and demonstrate Bluetooth LE IoT devices linked to mobile apps and Cloud platforms, without needing firmware coding skills or development tools. The Rigado IoT DK includes sample software that makes it easy to capture sensor information from the Nordic Thingy:52 and analyze and display it through Rigado’s Gateway Web app, or stream sensor data to Amazon Web Services where it is in turn visualized in a Cloud-based dashboard.

The Rigado family of integrated edge connectivity solutions based on the nRF52840 will be available in Q1, 2018. Samples, and the Rigado IoT DK, are available immediately.

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Nordic Thingy:52 IoT Sensor Kit shortlisted for top prize by renowned ‘creativity in electronics’ awards program

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Nordic’s single-board Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy development kit recognized by industry-leading ACE Awards with inclusion in shortlist of highly-competitive category

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its Nordic Thingy:52® Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) development kit has been shortlisted for a prize in the highly-competitive “Development Kit” category by the judges of the Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. The ACE Awards are a renowned awards program which showcases the industry’s most innovative electronics products.

Nordic Thingy:52 is a development kit based on Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE System-on-chip (SoC) and S132 SoftDevice (RF software protocol). The development kit enables an app developer with no firmware coding expertise or high-level development tools to quickly design and demonstrate Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and associated mobile device and Internet apps.

The Development Kit category of the ACE Awards presents an opportunity for major electronics and semiconductor vendors to submit their engineering support tools for critical analysis before a panel of 15 experts. The kudos associated with being shortlisted and winning the award is significant and encourages intense competition between companies across the globe. In addition to Nordic, the 2017 shortlist includes three other major semiconductor vendors from the U.S. and Japan.

The ACE Awards are organized by UBM plc, a global business-to-business events organiser headquartered in London and are held in collaboration with leading U.S. electronics design journals EE Times and EDN. The awards present the best of the best in today’s electronics industry, including the hottest new products, start-up companies, design teams, executives, and more. The awards also celebrate the promise of new talent and innovation, and pay tribute to the lifetime achievement of a top industry veteran whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in the world.

“[The] finalists are a testament to the incredible strides the electronics industry has made this year,” said Suzanne Deffree, on behalf of the organizers. “The high caliber of submissions we received presented a unique challenge to our judges, and every one of our finalists should be immensely proud of the work they’ve accomplished that led to their selection.”

The winner of the Development Kit category (and 16 other categories) of the ACE Awards will be announced at the San Jose Convention Center, Silicon Valley, CA, in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) on December 6, 2017.

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Nordic Semiconductor-powered Bluetooth Low Energy wearable continuously measures, analyzes, and reports heart rate values

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‘K1’ from Wearpai Technology operates for up to 10 days on a single charge while employing Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to continuously monitor users’ activity and physical condition

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that China-based Wearpai Technology Co., Ltd has integrated Nordic’s award-winning Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) in its ‘K1’ wearable. The product is designed for OEMs and enables developers with limited RF design experience to efficiently develop bespoke sports- and health-based wearables that monitor physiological parameters while displaying real-time feedback for consumers.

The K1’s core function is to continuously monitor heart rate values using photoplethysmography, a technique which employs green and infrared (IR) LEDs to measure the varying absorption of light at the wrist as blood flows through it. The K1 can also provide real-time analysis of other physiological parameters and physical activities. For example, the wearable can track calories, sleep patterns, steps, and walking/running distance, enabling OEM developers flexibility to select which parameters are most important for their target audience. In addition, the wearable displays the time, date, and messages/caller ID when wirelessly linked to the user’s smartphone. Either the IP68-waterproof smart bracelet or the user’s smartphone can be used to locate the other device should it be temporarily misplaced.

Developers can use Wearpai Technology’s open Application Programming Interface (API) to customize applications for the K1, as well as create branded iOS and Android mobile apps to suit their own requirements.

Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC provides Bluetooth LE connectivity between the wearable and a Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) iOS or Android smartphone to transfer physiological data to the smartphone or relay message/caller ID from smartphone to wearable. From the smartphone, users can also access more detailed information about their physical condition via Wearpai Technology’s Wearfit 1.0 or Wearfit 2.0 companion app.

Supported by the Nordic SoC’s low power consumption characteristics, the K1’s rechargeable Lithium-ion battery can last for approximately one week of average use or up to 10 days in low power mode.

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines the 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth LE solution.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certified RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice supports Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster, and Observer Bluetooth low energy roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“We selected the nRF52832 SoC to take advantage of its superior ultra low power consumption and performance,” says Jobs Chen, CEO at Weapai Technology. “Nordic’s Bluetooth LE technology extends the K1’s standby time and prolongs the service life of its lithium battery, which is essential for any sports- and health-based wearable.

“Other factors which encouraged us to work with Nordic included the company’s large team of skilled application engineers, rich array of options for peripheral devices and time in the ultra low power wireless market.”

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Bluetooth Low Energy connected wine aerator employs Nordic SoC to wirelessly set the precise and appropriate level of aeration for specific bottles of wine

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The Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 SoC-powered ‘Aveine’ smart wine aerator and accompanying iOS and Android app ensures wine is served in its best possible condition

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Paris, France-based Aveine has selected Nordic’s award-winning nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘Aveine’ wirelessly connected wine aerator, designed to ensure wine is precisely aerated, or allowed to ‘breathe’ for the appropriate length of time, to ensure it can be enjoyed in its best possible condition.

To begin, the aerator is placed on the neck of the wine bottle and paired to the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC. From the accompanying Aveine iOS or Android app the user scans the label of the wine bottle, and the ideal tasting conditions of the wine are determined via a proprietary algorithm, which then wirelessly adjusts the settings on the Aveine device on the wine bottle. The wine is then poured through the aerator, ensuring the precise level of aeration is achieved for the particular wine. The aerator can recreate the equivalent of anywhere between one minute and up to 24 hours of air exposure, instantly.

The Aveine wine aerator also provides a touchscreen display letting the user manually adjust the device to test wine at different levels of aeration. The ultra low power consumption of the Nordic nRF52832 SoC reserves battery life for the more power intensive elements of the device, namely the touchscreen and the aeration pump.

“The most important thing in the Aveine aerator is to improve the wine tasting experience, so the user should not be constantly worrying about the device’s battery,” says Nicolas Naigeon, Avenie CEO. “We couldn’t afford to use a high power consuming chip because we were already limited by the other power hungry components, so the nRF52832 SoC was a great low power solution to allow us to keep our battery life in the range we were aiming for.”

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth LE SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines an 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor ARM M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth LE solution.

The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth low energy applications. The S132 SoftDevice Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth low energy roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“The very low power consumption of the nRF52832 SoC and its integrated Bluetooth 5 support were the most obvious features which helped us to select the Nordic chip,” continues Naigeon. “It provided us with an efficient and comfortable development environment, allowing us to focus on an intelligent design without having to worry about any hardware limitations.

“Also having a precompiled Bluetooth Low Energy stack was a great help as it allowed us to focus on the main logic, knowing Nordic’s proven SoftDevice will manage the connectivity side. Many features of the SoftDevice not only save time, but also allow us to take full advantage of the nRF52832 SoC’s features like secure connections and OTA updates.”

The Aveine connected aerator will be commercially available from Q1, 2018.

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Nordic-powered Alibaba Cloud Link IoT platform reduces development and system integration costs for Bluetooth Low Energy solutions

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The ‘Alibaba Cloud Link’ and ‘Ali_SDK’ from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba subsidiary, employs Nordic nRF52832 SoC and nRF5 SDK to simplify development of home automation, smart city, and industrial IoT applications

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Hangzhou, China-based, Alibaba Cloud IoT, a business unit of e-commerce giant Alibaba’s subsidiary company Alibaba Cloud, has selected Nordic’s award-winning nRF52832 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) and nRF5 Software Development Kit (SDK) for its ‘Alibaba Cloud Link’. The nRF5 SDK is the first SDK to have received formal Ali Cloud Link Certification, and forms the basis for the company’s Ali_SDK, the development tool for the Alibaba Cloud Link.

The Alibaba Cloud Link provides developers a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, content delivery, and Cloud integration processes across home automation, smart city, and industrial applications. By using the platform, developers are able to efficiently connect devices, manage device data, and develop IoT applications and scenarios at low cost.

To date the company has launched three distinct Alibaba Cloud Links; the ‘Alibaba Cloud Home Link’, ‘Alibaba Cloud City Link’, and ‘Alibaba Cloud Industry Link’. The Alibaba Cloud Home Link is intended for smart home applications, providing device interoperability, Cloud computing, and a complete service integration solution. The Alibaba Cloud City Link enables independent software vendors and system integrators to build a range of secure, linked smart city applications for managing and controlling a city’s IoT assets. The Alibaba Cloud Industry Link allows manufacturing enterprises to achieve interoperability and coordination of their digital equipment assets online, helping reduce costs, and improve process efficiencies.

The Alibaba Cloud Link aims to reduce the cost of developing Bluetooth LE-based smart applications via the nRF5 SDK-based Ali_SDK. The Ali_SDK provides a complete and secure end-to-end solution for developing and commissioning Bluetooth LE solutions, including broadcast customization, connection management, device authentication, large scale data transmission, and Over-The-Air Device Firmware Upgrades (OTA-DFU). The SDK’s universal interfaces enable developers to easily connect their products to the Ali Cloud Link, without the need for specialist Bluetooth RF protocol software or RF design expertise. The Ali_SDK has also been optimized to ensure compatibility with all mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphones and tablets.

Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth low energy SoC, a member of Nordic’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines an 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor ARM M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth low energy solution.

The nRF5 SDK provides a feature-rich software development environment for nRF51 and nRF52 Series SoCs. The nRF5 SDK is intended be used as a foundation for any generic Bluetooth LE, ANT, or proprietary 2.4GHz product development, and includes a broad selection of drivers, libraries, examples for peripherals, SoftDevices (Nordic’s RF protocol software stacks), and proprietary RF software protocols for the nRF51 and nRF52 Series.

“The nRF52 Series are among Nordic’s most popular SoCs, so we decided to base the Ali Cloud Link on them to help other companies enjoy all the benefits of the platform conveniently, and with less design effort,” says Mark Yang, Senior Specialist, Ali Cloud IoT Group.

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