Nordic Semiconductor demonstrates IoT, mesh, smart remote control, and more Bluetooth low energy development tools at electronica 2016

Nordic showcases IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy and NFC ‘touch-to-connect’ using the Arduino Primo, development tools to support forthcoming Bluetooth mesh technology, and nRF52 Series-based smart remote at leading European electronic component event

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor today announces it will be demonstrating its latest Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) development tools at electronica 2016, held in Munich, Germany, November 8 to 11, 2016. At the event, Nordic will present the development tools which enable engineers to build complex wireless connectivity applications with its proven nRF51 and latest 64MHz ARM® Cortex™-M4F microprocessor-powered nRF52 Series Bluetooth low energy Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) in Hall A3 on booth 459. electronica is described as the first place to see the components, systems, and applications that make tomorrow’s products possible.

A highlight among Nordic’s development tool demonstrations will be an nRF52832 SoC-powered Arduino Primo connected directly to the Internet using IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy. The Arduino Primo, made by the world’s most successful open-source ecosystem for education, Maker, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, is a low cost IoT-targeted programmable single board computer (SBC). The SBC is the first Arduino product to feature native Bluetooth low energy.

IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy is supported by Arduino and Nordic open-source software and allows the Primo to join and maintain a connection to the Internet of Things (IoT) using a Wi-Fi router rather than a personal device such as a smartphone or tablet. Nordic’s demonstration will also show how the Arduino Primo can join the IoT using the nRF52832 SoC’s built-in NFC-A tag. The NFC capability replaces conventional, complex IoT-connection processes and allows the Arduino Primo to join the network by simply touching the SBC to, in the case of the electronica demonstration, an Arduino TIAN with an NFC reader shield, with no other user interaction required.

Nordic will also demonstrate its tools for developing mesh networks. The company is an associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) which is currently finalizing an addition to the Bluetooth specification to formalize Bluetooth mesh capability. Such a capability will enhance Bluetooth technology’s suitability for applications such as the smart home, industrial, and commercial sectors where it is an advantage for Bluetooth low energy products to interact directly rather than via a hub. Ahead of the formal release of Bluetooth mesh, Nordic has developed the tools that will be needed for engineers to take advantage of the technology when designing with the company’s nRF51 and nRF52 Series SoCs.

Also featured on the booth is Nordic’s ‘nRFready Smart Remote 3 for nRF52 Series’ reference design targeting remote control OEMs/ODMs and manufacturers of smart TVs, set-top boxes, and digital media devices. The reference design voice input for speech recognition-driven search and control functions using a pair of PDM microphones employed for echo and noise cancellation. The reference design also includes a digital microphone input option, six-axis motion sensor ‘air-mouse’ for physical gesture control, multitouch trackpad, and legacy IR hardware support among other functionality.

Other demonstrations on the Nordic booth include: the recently introduced Power Profiler Kit, a low-cost and simple method to measure dynamic power consumption in embedded solutions; the nRF5 SDK for AirFuel, a tool for supporting the development of AirFuel Alliance-compliant wireless charging applications; the Candy House, a fun demonstration showing how Nordic’s technology integrates with the Apple HomeKit platform, and racing cars remotely controlled via Bluetooth low energy, a Bluetooth 4.0 (or later) smartphone, and the Physical Web (to avoid the need for a smartphone app installation).

“As a leading semiconductor component event, electronica attracts many engineers who are looking for wireless solutions that not only work well but are also supported by a range of tools that ease and accelerate the product development process,” says Geir Langeland, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nordic Semiconductor.

“That’s why we’ve made a big effort at this event to show how simple it can be to develop applications based on our powerful Bluetooth low energy solutions in all the ‘hot’ technology sectors. Whether the engineer is looking for solutions in IoT, smart home, remote control, wireless charging or other technology, they can pop along to the booth to see a demonstration and chat to a technical expert about how to use Nordic technology to make their development process easier.”

In 1964, electronica first presented the latest in electronic components and has been held every two years since. During the 2014 event, a total of 73,189 trade visitors and 2,725 exhibitors attended the show.

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