Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 System-on-Chip is now one of the first chips supporting Bluetooth LE with Amazon FreeRTOS

Courtesy of Nordic Semiconductor : nRF52840 System-on-Chip is now one of the first chips supporting Bluetooth LE with Amazon FreeRTOS

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its award-winning nRF52840 multiprotocol Bluetooth®Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC) is one of the first devices to support Bluetooth LE with Amazon FreeRTOS.

Amazon FreeRTOS is an operating system for microcontrollers that makes small, low-power edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and manage. Amazon FreeRTOS is based on the FreeRTOS kernel, a popular open source operating system for microcontrollers, and extends it with software libraries that make it easy to securely connect your small, low-power devices to AWS cloud services like AWS Internet of Things (IoT) Core or to more powerful edge devices running AWS IoT Greengrass.

“We are delighted to be working with Nordic Semiconductor,” comments Dirk Didascalou, Vice President, AWS IoT, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “By allowing Amazon FreeRTOS applications to communicate over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), we are making it easy for our customers to securely connect their BLE devices to AWS IoT via a mobile device, and build innovative, low power applications including analyzing sensor data, and monitoring and managing fleets of devices.”

“The Nordic nRF52840 SoC has become one of the world’s most popular Bluetooth LE chips since its introduction in 2016,” comments Nordic Semiconductor CTO, Svein-Egil Nielsen. “Featuring an Arm Cortex-M4F processor, 1MB of Flash and 256kB of RAM memory, together with a multiprotocol radio that supports IEEE 802.15.4 in addition to complete Bluetooth 5 support, the nRF52840 is the ideal platform for IoT devices.”

Nielsen continues: “We are delighted to see AWS add Bluetooth LE support to Amazon FreeRTOS and name the nRF52840 as one of the first chips to officially support it. As many customers’ de-facto, ultra-low power IoT connectivity chip of choice, offering a wide breadth of connectivity options with outstanding energy efficiency, the nRF52840 is an excellent complement to, and expands, the solution and product application range possible with Amazon FreeRTOS.”

The Bluetooth LE support in Amazon FreeRTOS was recently announced at AWS re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas.

This Beta release includes a GATT/GAP API, a custom profile for provisioning Wi-Fi credentials over Bluetooth LE, and companion iOS and Android SDKs. Also included is a custom profile for MQTT over Bluetooth LE that offers seamless Device-to-Cloud messaging via an iOS or Android proxy device.

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