Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 Series-based Bluetooth low energy module provides best-in-class processor performance in ultra compact form factor

Insight SiP’s ISP1507 module employs Nordic’s next generation nRF52832 SoC to allow manufacturers to easily develop space-constrained Bluetooth low energy connected products for demanding IoT, home automation, and wearables applications

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that France-based Insight SiP has selected Nordic’s next generation nRF52832 Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ISP1507 module. The ISP1507 is a fully integrated, ultra low power Bluetooth low energy module designed to enable a wide range of sophisticated connected products where small size, low power, and performance are key factors.

The module’s ultra compact 8 by 8 by 1mm form factor makes it suitable for a wide range of space-constrained applications including Bluetooth low energy connected sensors for medical, fitness, and industrial devices, Internet of Things (IoT) appliances, home automation, as well as beacons.

Certified to U.S. FCC and European CE standards, the ISP1507 allows product manufacturers to speed up development, production, and time-to-market of demanding Bluetooth 4.2-enabled applications, without the need for the customer to have any RF design expertise. The module includes an integrated antenna, along with a full range of programmable on-chip analog and digital peripherals, allowing the module to power even the most complex wireless applications.

Despite the additional computing power on offer, power consumption is even lower than previous module generations, with performance at typically 5.5 mA for transmission and reception, 1.5µA for standby mode, and 0.7µA for deep sleep mode, enabling battery lifetimes of up to several years on a single coin cell battery, thanks in part to the ultra low power characteristics of the nRF52832 SoC.

The nRF52832 Bluetooth low energy SoC, a member of Nordic Semiconductor’s sixth generation of ultra low power (ULP) wireless connectivity solutions, combines a 64MHz, 32-bit ARM® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (fully compatible with Bluetooth 4.2, ANT™ and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software) featuring -96 dB RX sensitivity, 512 kB Flash memory, 64 kB RAM and NFC™-A tag for “Touch-to-Pair” capability. When launched, the SoC was the world’s highest performance single-chip Bluetooth low energy solution, delivering up to 60 percent more generic processing power, offering 10 times the Floating Point performance and twice the DSP performance compared to competing solutions.

“Thanks to the nRF52832 SoCs ARM M4 Floating Point processor, the ISP1507 Bluetooth low energy module is able to do fast calculations, and run advanced security and cryptography calculations, and with a large memory capacity, is able to support sophisticated applications,” says Insight SiP CEO, Michel Beghin. “In many cases, this module can eliminate the need for an additional microprocessor and/or additional memory that might have been necessary for previous generation products, saving cost of the total solution.

“This increased computing capability comes coupled with best-in-class battery life, with power consumption around 20 to 50 percent lower than previous generations of modules, depending on the exact use-case. The addition of integrated NFC Touch-to-Pair capability adds simplified Bluetooth pairing that would have previously required additional components and extra cost.”

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