Nordic collaborates with Skyworks Solutions and notWired.co to provide long range, low power, Arduino-compatible evaluation kit
Nordic Semiconductor today announced that Denver, CO based notWired.co (formerly Embedded Masters) has released the C-nRF52-SKY66112-11 Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) long range Arduino-compatible evaluation kit. The evaluation kit is the result of a collaboration between Nordic, notWired.co, and Skyworks Solutions, an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors.
The evaluation kit supports Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy/ANT™/2.4 GHz multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC), and Skyworks’ SKY66112-11 Bluetooth low energy/ZigBee®/Thread front-end module (FEM) designed for extended transmission range applications up to 400m.
The C-nRF52-SKY66112 is designed for use with the C-WSEP-ARD Wireless Sensor Evaluation Platform. The C-WSEP-ARD directly plugs into Nordic’s nRF52 Development Kit (DK), providing OEMs with a platform to rapidly prototype, test, debug, and evaluate long-range and low-power wireless sensor applications for the connected home and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors.
Skyworks’ multiprotocol SKY66112-11 FEM offers adjustable output power up to +21dBm, as well as an integrated inter-stage matching and harmonic filter and digital CMOS control levels. The device operates over a wide supply voltage range from 1.2V to 3.6V that allows it to be used in battery-powered applications.
Nordic’s 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 -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, 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.
The nRF52832 SoC has been engineered to minimize power consumption with features such as the 2.4GHz radio’s 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents and a fully-automatic power management system that reduces power consumption by up to 80 percent compared with Nordic’s nRF51 Series SoCs. The result is a Bluetooth low energy solution which offers 90 CoreMark/mA, up to twice as power efficient as competing devices.
The C-nRF52-SKY66112 evaluation kit also features 28 GPIOs, an on-board chip antenna, and can make use of the Segger J-LINK debugger/programmer incorporated into the nRF52 DK.
“As consumers and enterprises continue to expect a seamless connected experience, there is a strong need for high performance, integrated analog solutions that support the most popular broadband platforms and significantly improve range and battery life,” says John O’Neill, vice president of product marketing for Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
“Our partnership with Nordic and Skyworks, along with leading sensor companies, facilitates the design and creation of evaluation platforms that help customers get working products to market faster,” adds John Williammee, CEO of notWired.co.
“The collaboration between Nordic, Skyworks, and notWired.co demonstrates how three leading companies can play to their individual strengths yet work together to come up with development tools that ideally meet the needs of engineers searching for a fast route-to-market for their wireless IoT products,” adds J. Darren O’Donnell, Director of Sales & Marketing – Americas with Nordic Semiconductor.