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Nordic Semiconductor-powered micro:bit to be distributed to 100,000 primary schoolchildren in Norway

Nordic Semiconductor-powered micro:bit to be distributed to 100,000 primary schoolchildren in Norway

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A four-year, NOK19.95m ($2.3m) program will see the tiny computer put into the hands of all year 5 to 7 pupils in Norway’s primary schools to stimulate interest in computing and the IoT

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that the ‘micro:bit’, a Nordic nRF51822 Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip (SoC)-powered, credit card-sized programmable computer for schoolchildren, will be distributed to 100,000 year 5 to 7 pupils in Norway.

A NOK19.95m ($2.3m), four-year program financed by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB, a Norwegian charitable foundation, will be administered by The Knowledge Center and Lær Kidsa Koding (LKK), non-profit organizations that teach children IT and coding skills, together with the country’s regional science centers. The micro:bit is also being made available to LKK’s 160 code clubs in Norway. The distribution will be accompanied by a training program for teachers and free online support.

The micro:bit was first developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a U.K. public service broadcaster, and key technology partners, including Nordic Semiconductor, Arm, Microsoft, and Samsung. It was designed to teach children coding skills and increase the number of students studying computer science at university.

“Nordic Semiconductor was pivotal in the original development of the BBC micro:bit and remains pivotal to its success to this day”  – Gareth Stockdale, Microbit Educational Foundation

Today, micro:bit is promoted by the Microbit Educational Foundation and is available to purchase from dozens of distributors across the world. The computer was distributed to a million ten and 11-year-olds in the U.K. in 2016, and 65,000 Danish schoolchildren in 2018. There are micro:bit activities in over 50 countries around the world and further national roll-outs are planned in Iceland and Croatia, among others.

“The micro:bit will provide a boost to programming education in Norwegian primary schools,” says Geir Endregard, Director of INSPIRIA, the organization responsible for the project on behalf of the country’s regional science centers. “Children in Norway will now get a common tool that will help strengthen the connection between several key learning arenas such as a science center, school, and leisure. We strongly believe in this unique link between formal and informal learning.”

“Nordic Semiconductor was pivotal in the original development of the BBC micro:bit and remains pivotal to its success to this day,” says Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the Microbit Educational Foundation and a joint lead on the original BBC project.

“Nordic has been part of the micro:bit project from its inception so it’s gratifying for all the company’s staff to see this latest phase of distribution – particularly in Nordic’s own home country,” says John Leonard, Product Marketing Manager with Nordic Semiconductor and responsible for the company’s educational initiatives. “As suppliers of Internet of Things [IoT] technology we are keen supporters of the micro:bit as a means to encourage the engineers we’ll need to build tomorrow’s connected world.”

At the heart of the micro:bit is a Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 SoC. Code written by the children runs on the SoC’s Arm® Cortex™ M0 processor, and the chip’s Bluetooth LE connectivity allows micro:bits to communicate with each other or with a Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet.

Nordic has already donated over 3000 micro:bits to code clubs, schools, colleges, and universities in Norway in addition to 2000 of the computers previously given to LKK. Nordic was also among the original group that lobbied for a distribution program in Norway similar to that which had taken place in the U.K. The company supports micro:bit clubs and educational institutions in North America, India, China, and Japan. micro:bit is also used for undergraduate courses at The Norwegian National University of Technology and The Natural Sciences (NTNU).

Nordic’s nRF51822 is ideally suited for Bluetooth LE and 2.4GHz ultra low power wireless applications. The nRF51822 is built around a 32-bit Arm Cortex M0 CPU, 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, plus 256kB/128kB of Flash memory and 32kB/16kB of RAM. The SoC is supplied with Nordic’s S130 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 4.2 qualified concurrent multilink protocol stack.

Nordic partners with iBASIS, for its nRF9160 cellular IoT module

Nordic partners with one of world’s largest international cellular data carriers, iBASIS, to offer ultra-easy global connectivity for its nRF9160 cellular IoT module

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Every Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 Development Kit now ships with a globally-usable iBASIS eSIM to enable automatic and instant ‘out-of-the-box’ cellular LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity and roaming in a long and growing list of countries with cellular IoT networks.

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that it has partnered with one of the world’s largest international cellular carriers in voice, data, and IoT services, iBASIS, to make global LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular IoT connectivity ultra-easy, automatic, and instant when using its nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) module.

Nordic has achieved this by bundling a globally-usable iBASIS eSIM with 10 MB of free initial data into all its nRF9160 Development Kits. All a Nordic nRF9160 cellular IoT customer has to do is register their eSIM on Nordic’s nRF Connect for Cloud website to seamlessly connect to the iBASIS ‘Global Access for Things’ network and gain access to an entire range of configurations, monitoring, and connectivity services.

Although it’s not common knowledge outside of the cellular communications industry, global smartphone connectivity and roaming services are actually provided by only a few international carriers that partner with local national carriers to enable connectivity and roaming for voice, data, and IoT services worldwide. iBASIS is one of the world’s largest international carriers or ‘IP Exchange providers’ and used by over 700 local carriers in over 190 countries.

As a result, Nordic’s nRF9160 cellular IoT customers get instant high-quality global connectivity without having to go through the ordeal of negotiating and managing multiple relationships with individual local cellular carriers around the world. Using eSIM technology, they simply leverage iBasis as a single global connectivity supplier, with a single contract, a single ‘operations’ on-line dashboard, and a single monthly bill that breaks down all global services used.

An eSIM is a remotely, over-the-air ‘provisionable’ (programmable) SIM that can hold multiple sets of local network operator credentials in contrast to a traditional SIM card that can only hold one set of operator credentials. The iBASIS eSIM meets all relevant GSM Association (GSMA) standards.

”We are reducing complexity, making it easy to support Nordic’s customers’ global deployment, using a single eSIM, for a remotely programmable on demand service.” – Ajay Joseph, CTO of iBASIS

The nRF9160 SiP – which is available from major global electronics distributors such as Digi-Key Electronics, Mouser Electronics, and Premier Farnell (amongst others) – is significantly smaller, lower power, and has more security features than any other cellular IoT module launched to date for LTE-M and NB-IoT applications. It is also certified for global operation, has a host of unique IoT-targeted features, and is dramatically easier to design-in (see ‘More about nRF9160 SiP’ below).

“iBASIS believes that for IoT to succeed, connecting things should be easy,” says Ajay Joseph, CTO of iBASIS. “We feel IoT connectivity should be turnkey, seamless, and secure. We’re delighted to partner with Nordic Semiconductor to provide an eSIM for Nordic’s nRF91 Series cellular IoT modules. We are reducing complexity, making it easy to support Nordic’s customers’ global deployment, using a single eSIM, for a remotely programmable on demand service. Nordic customers can focus on their core competencies knowing that their cellular IoT connectivity, coverage, speed, latency, and security are all being expertly managed by one of the world’s leading international cellular data carriers.”

“We designed the nRF91 Series from the outset to make cellular IoT easy and applicable to any application that would benefit from a cellular connection,” comments Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “For us, this extends to every aspect of the module’s operation and customer experience and that includes making international connectivity and roaming automatic and instant. In fact, I think for any IoT application to succeed its wireless IoT connectivity must be that simple. With the iBASIS eSIM, we believe Nordic Semiconductor has delivered this to its customers. It’s also why we believe cellular wireless technology is an ideal technology for building the Internet of Things.”

More about the nRF9160 SiP

At just 10 x 16 x 1mm in size, the nRF9160 SiP is suitable for even compact wearable consumer and medical devices yet is a complete solution that integrates everything a cellular connection and IoT application may need beyond requiring just an external battery, SIM, and antenna.

To achieve this ultra-high integration Nordic partnered with Qorvo to make a System-in-Package that more closely resembles an integrated chip than a module. The nRF9160 SiP leverages Qorvo’s state-of-the-art, proven RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield™ technology to deliver a unique, ultra-compact solution that combines high performance with low power consumption. The nRF9160 SiP supports global operation with a single SiP variant thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M / NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo.

In parallel, the nRF9160 SiP is the first cellular IoT module to incorporate Arm’s latest Arm Cortex M-33 CPU core. This is supported by 1MB of Flash and 256kB of RAM on-board memory. The nRF9160 SiP is also the first module to incorporate Arm’s state-of-the-art Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security for Internet-level encryption and application protection. Both these technologies are designed for highly energy-efficient embedded IoT products that require the highest levels of performance in processing, power consumption, and security.

The nRF9160 SiP has 1MB of Flash plus 256 kB of RAM on-board memory with a broad range peripheral set, analog and digital interfaces, 32 GPIOs, a stand-alone modem with full LTE capability, plus a multiband RF front-end.

Another unique feature of the nRF9160 SiP in the cellular IoT module market is integrated GPS support to allow a combination of GPS and cellular data to be used for more accurate positioning than either technology is capable of when used in isolation.

How the world’s largest Bluetooth chip supplier came to be in cellular IoT

Nordic Semiconductor is best known for its leadership (both commercial and technological) in the global Bluetooth® chip market. The wide availability of the nRF9160 SiP module marks Nordic’s official – but brand new – entrance into the low power, cellular IoT wireless technology market.

Cellular is a notoriously complex wireless technology that only a handful of engineering teams worldwide truly have the expertise and experience to design at the architectural level. Nordic Semiconductor’s team all originated from outside the company when Nordic hired some of the smartest cellular R&D engineers in the world from a bout of rationalization layoffs in Finland between 2011 and 2014 from companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Broadcom, and ST-Ericsson.

This means Nordic’s heritage in cellular wireless technology is on-par with any other company in the world: most of Nordic’s cellular IoT design team have been working in cellular design for most of their careers. And most importantly of all, all technical support for the nRF9160 SiP module will come from engineers who designed the product from the ground up.

Bluetooth Low Energy insulin injection monitor records dosage information and wirelessly transmits data to smartphone app

Bluetooth Low Energy insulin injection monitor records dosage information and wirelessly transmits data to smartphone app

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DIABNEXT’s ‘CLIPSULIN’ device attaches to insulin pens and employs Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC to wirelessly send recorded insulin injection data via Bluetooth LE or NFC.

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Taiwan-based DIABNEXT, a healthcare services company, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) wireless connectivity for its ‘CLIPSULIN’ insulin injection monitoring and recording device.

CLIPSULIN attaches to all commonly used disposable and reusable insulin pens and employs a vibration sensor to accurately detect insulin dosage, enabling the user to record their injected insulin units. Using Bluetooth LE or Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC, the data is automatically transmitted to the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (or later) smartphone, from where the patient can then retrieve important information such as the dosage, date, and time of injection from the ‘DIABNEXT’ app. The iOS- and Android-compatible app functions as a digital logbook for a diabetes patient, not only recording their treatment data, but also enabling the patient to monitor blood sugar levels and physical activity.

As a non-rechargeable device powered by a CR2032 coin cell battery, CLIPSULIN relies on the low power and low sleep-current capabilities of the Nordic SoC to extend the device’s battery life. 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 LE solution which offers 58 CoreMark/mA, up to twice as power efficient as competing devices.

“Nordic’s Software Development Kit and comprehensive reference designs made the development process significantly easier” – Alice Cheng, DIABNEXT

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines an 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software) featuring -96-dB RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. The SoC also features an NFC-A Tag for use with simplified pairing and payment solutions. The nRF52832 is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications. The S132 SoftDevice features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“We chose the nRF52832 SoC for the CLIPSULIN device primarily for its compact size, low power consumption, stable radio sensitivity, and NFC functionality,” says Alice Cheng, Head of Development & Manufacturing at DIABNEXT. “Furthermore, the SoC’s generous Flash memory allocation enables efficient over-the-air firmware updates.

“Nordic’s Software Development Kit and comprehensive reference designs made the development process significantly easier, while Nordic engineers were always quick to respond to any technical issues we encountered.”

 The nRF52840 wins

The nRF52840 wins RF/Microwave category of Electronic Products magazine’s “Product of the Year” awards

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Nordic’s advanced Bluetooth 5/Thread 1.1/Zigbee PRO solution takes a top prize in highly-regarded electronic design publication’s long-running award program

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its nRF52840 System-on-Chip (SoC), an advanced, single-chip Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE)/Bluetooth 5, Thread 1.1, and Zigbee PRO solution, has been named winner of the “RF/Microwave” category by the judges of Electronic Products magazine’s 2018 “Product of the Year” Awards. The Product of the Year awards, now in its 43rd year, is a highly-regarded competition among the electronic engineering community.

The Editors of Electronic Products said they “undertook a rigorous vetting process of products launched in 2018 based on innovative design, significant advancement in technology or application, and substantial achievement in price and performance”.

Electronic Products is a U.S.-based B2B publication targeted at electronic design engineers and published by the AspenCore network. The winners of the awards in ten categories were announced in the January 2019 edition of the magazine with a cover feature and a brief description of each product. Electronic Products is circulated to 120,000 engineers across North America and the website receives 281,000 page-views per month.

The SoC is now being specified for Internet of Things products from innovative engineers around the world who appreciate the solution’s high-performance support for key low power wireless protocols while it remains simple to develop with and design in

Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor

Nordic’s nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC is the company’s most advanced ultra low power wireless solution. The SoC supports complex Bluetooth LE and other wireless applications that were previously not possible with a single-chip solution. The nRF52840 is Bluetooth 5-, Thread 1.1-, and Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy specification-certified. The SoC combines a 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting concurrent wireless connectivity of Bluetooth 5 and Thread or Zigbee, in addition to ANT™, IEEE 802.15.4, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software). The SoC has 1MB Flash memory and 256kB RAM. An on-chip PA features -95dBm RX sensitivity (at 1Mbps Bluetooth LE), a maximum output power of 8dBm, and a total link budget of 103dBm. The chip supports all the features of Bluetooth 5 (including 4x the range or 2x the raw data bandwidth (2Mbps)) compared with Bluetooth 4.2.

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, and supports high throughput and long range modes as well as advertising extensions. OpenThread and Zigbee stacks are available through Nordic’s nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee.

“The nRF52840’s launch followed an extensive design and development process by the company’s engineering team and builds on Nordic’s many years of Bluetooth LE and low power wireless hardware and software expertise,” says Geir Langeland, Nordic’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “We are proud that those efforts have been appreciated by the nRF52840’s recognition as a winning solution in the highly competitive RF sector from the editors of a leading U.S. electronic design title.

Norwegian mobile operator Telenor announces close cooperation with Nordic Semiconductor to capitalize on growth in IoT

Norwegian mobile operator Telenor announces close cooperation with Nordic Semiconductor to capitalize on growth in IoT

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With strong growth expected within the Internet of Things (IoT) market across multiple industries, two world-class Norwegian companies collaborate to make it easy to develop IoT applications on nationwide 4G networks using fast and robust wireless network technology

Last autumn, Telenor became one of the first mobile operators worldwide to rollout a 4G wireless technology network that supported both versions of cellular IoT: NB-IoT and LTE-M. Telenor says its IoT over 4G offers superior coverage and is safer than unlicensed networks.

NB-IoT and LTE-M have different properties: NB-IoT is optimized for power consumption and offers coverage in places where the signal is too weak for conventional cellphone reception; LTE-M is suitable for applications requiring long battery life and larger data transfers. Norwegian wireless IoT semiconductor company Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 SiP (System-in-Package) module operates seamlessly on both NB-IoT and LTE-M networks.

“Using new technology from Nordic Semiconductor, we have developed a tool that makes it easier for developers to create good solutions that use IoT over 4G,” says Ove Fredheim from Telenor Bedrift. “The development tool is delivered with SIM cards from us. We are the first mobile phone company in the world to offer this, and we now hope that more people will have the opportunity to take advantage of the enormous opportunities the Internet of Things can provide.”

Using new technology from Nordic Semiconductor, we have developed a tool that makes it easier for developers to create good solutions that use IoT over 4G

Ove Fredheim, Telenor Bedrift

“That Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP can be used for both NB-IoT and LTE-M makes it possible to prototype and test both technologies to find out which is best for an IoT application or sensor,” says Peder Rand, Product Manager for Cellular IoT at Nordic Semiconductor. “This functionality, combined with support for GPS and the nRF9160 SiP’s small size, is unique to the cellular IoT market. The nRF9160 SiP also has the market’s lowest current draw, which enables new battery-powered applications with many years of battery life.”

Telenor says the new nRF9160 SiP from Nordic Semiconductor works very well on its 4G networks with both NB-IoT and LTE-M services already having been tested by Telenor’s developer environment, Exploratory Engineering. Telenor and Nordic Semiconductor are now planning to use the solution with customers and partners.

“The collaboration with Telenor is unique since they are one of the first mobile operators in the world to offer 4G network infrastructure that supports both LTE-M and NB-IoT,” adds Magnus Pedersen, Director of Sales in EMEA for Nordic Semiconductor. “It gives our customers a real opportunity to choose the technology that best suits their applications with the possibility of deploying the IoT on a large scale.”

For developers who are interested in experimenting with Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 SiP, the nRF9160 Development Kit can be ordered through Telenor’s Exploratory Engineering webshop.

About Telenor’s Exploratory Engineering:
Exploratory Engineering is Telenor’s development environment and works with prototyping of IoT hardware and software solutions.

Bluetooth and Nordic Semiconductor

New Direction Finding feature opens up new opportunities for Bluetooth and Nordic Semiconductor

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On January 28th the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released a new v5.1 version of the Bluetooth Core Specification supporting a brand-new feature called Direction Finding. This enhances existing Bluetooth Locationing Services with improved accuracy in real-time locationing (RTLS) and indoor positioning systems beyond what was previously possible with Bluetooth wireless technology.

Until now, Bluetooth® Locationing Services relied on signal strength to calculate distances and determine indoor positioning between devices in applications such as proximity marketing, personal ‘find me’ tags, and asset tracking. By adding Direction Finding capabilities into these systems, a device can in addition to crude distance information now also know the direction of a signal from another Bluetooth device and as such improve the location accuracy.

“Nordic Semiconductor, a long-term contributor to the Bluetooth Core Specification and an Associate Member of the Bluetooth SIG, is excited to see this enhancement coming to Bluetooth as it allows its customers to build better positioning accuracy into their Bluetooth locationing applications,” says Kjetil Holstad, Product Manager for Short Range Connectivity at Nordic. “There is a strong need for good and accurate location services both at the consumer level and in the B2B segment. This opens up the possibility of not just knowing approximate distance, but also direction in three dimensions that will allow our customers to build even better locationing systems.”

Nordic strives to be a leading company in Bluetooth wireless technology and that means at all times being on-par with the latest specification

Kjetil Holstad, Nordic Semiconductor

Holstad continues: “Nordic Semiconductor strives to be a leading company in Bluetooth wireless technology and that means at all times being on-par with the latest specification. I’m glad to see that our R&D teams not only contributed to the Bluetooth v5.1 standardization work but also made sure we have a new device available, the nRF52811, in the highly popular nRF52 Series capable of supporting all the latest features of Bluetooth v5.1. Going forward our customers can expect all new Bluetooth devices from Nordic Semiconductor to fully support the new Bluetooth v5.1 specification.”

The nRF52811 is already sampling to lead customers. General availability and a fully featured and qualified Bluetooth v5.1 solution will follow later in 2019.

For more details on Direction Finding, please see Get Connected Blog.

Bluetooth Low Energy module

Bluetooth Low Energy module provides integrated development platform for IoT, beacons, and mesh implementation

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Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC powers CWD’s ‘CBTMN32’ module, enabling users with limited RF design experience to develop complex wireless applications

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Mumbai-based technology company, CWD Innovations, Nordic’s first official module partner in India, has selected the Nordic Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) for its ‘CBTMN32’ module.

The CBTMN32 module is a cost-efficient integrated development platform designed for a range of Bluetooth LE applications including connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) products, beacons, and Bluetooth LE mesh implementations across a range of sectors including lighting, transport and logistics, smart metering, as well as consumer products.

The module is powered by Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC, which features a powerful 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor, 2.4GHz radio featuring -96-dBm RX sensitivity and offering a total link budget of >100dBm, and generous 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM, making the SoC an ideal choice for applications that are complex, processor-intensive, and/or require long range. The module offers the developer the flexibility to choose between an integrated PCB antenna and a u.fl connector for an external antenna.

The CBTMN32 is accompanied by CWD’s proprietary development kit, which enables users with limited RF design experience to configure and evaluate the module. Development is further simplified by Nordic’s unique software architecture, which cleanly separates the RF software protocol stack from the developer’s application code, eliminating the risk of the stack being corrupted when developing, compiling, testing, and verifying application code.

The chip possesses sufficient Flash and RAM to run complex Bluetooth LE applications, while Nordic’s SoftDevice is a proven solution for consumer products that would be used daily

Siddhartha Xavier, CWD Innovations

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT™, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software). 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 features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation.

“One of the key reasons that led us to select the nRF52832 SoC was its ability to support Bluetooth mesh,” says Siddhartha Xavier from CWD Innovations. “In addition, we found the chip possesses sufficient Flash and RAM to run complex Bluetooth LE applications, while Nordic’s SoftDevice is a proven solution for consumer products that would be used daily. The availability of Nordic’s technical documentation and reference designs also proved highly valuable.

“Further, our company has strong design and product development capabilities across consumer electronics, wearables, industrial automation, and smart lighting sectors, and the Nordic SoC provides both a high level of reliability and robustness for our customers using our product development skills across these applications.”

GSA Award

Nordic Semiconductor wins 2018 GSA Award for ‘Most respected emerging public semiconductor company achieving $100 to $500 million in annual sales’

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Nordic Semiconductor has been named the ‘Most respected emerging public semiconductor company achieving $100 million to $500 million in annual sales’ by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) international trade organization

For almost a quarter century, the GSA Awards have recognized the achievements of top performing semiconductor companies in several categories. They are widely considered one of the most respected and prestigious awards a semiconductor company can win within the global semiconductor industry.
GSA members themselves identify the winners within the ‘Most respected public semiconductor company’ category. This is done by casting votes for the industry’s most respected companies, judged for their vision, technology, and market leadership.
“We are once again truly delighted for the success of Nordic Semiconductor to receive such high independent recognition from the GSA,” comments Nordic CEO, Svenn-Tore Larsen. “I am immensely proud of every single member of our company whose hard work makes the winning of such major industry awards possible.”

There is a wireless revolution taking over the world called the Internet of Things and Nordic Semiconductor and its wireless technology – along with its track-record of abstracting away all unnecessary technical complexity from the product and application developer – is sitting right in the middle of it

Svenn-Tore Larsen, Nordic Semiconductor
Larsen continues: “This award also comes at a critical time for Nordic Semiconductor as it enters the emerging cellular IoT market for the first time, and further expands its Bluetooth and proprietary ultra-low power wireless product ranges to now include popular IoT-targeted Thread and Zigbee wireless solutions.
“There is a wireless revolution taking over the world called the Internet of Things and Nordic Semiconductor and its wireless technology – along with its track-record of abstracting away all unnecessary technical complexity from the product and application developer – is sitting right in the middle of it.”
The GSA says its global footprint represents over 30 countries and 350 corporate members comprised of top companies in the semiconductor industry. Global membership ranges from the most exciting emerging companies to industry stalwarts and technology leaders—representing 75% of industry revenues.
dongle

Multiprotocol dongle delivers powerful, long-range wireless connectivity solution for M2M Internet of Things product development

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Raytac’s ‘MDBT50Q-RX’ dongle integrates Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC, eliminating the need for RF design expertise and speeding time to market for complex M2M IoT applications

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Taiwan-based Raytac Corporation has selected Nordic’s nRF52840 advanced multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE), ANT, Thread, Zigbee, IEE 802.15.4, and 2.4GHz proprietary wireless connectivity for its ‘MDBT50Q-RX dongle’.

Once programmed with the developer’s application software, the dongle provides designers of machine to machine (M2M) Internet of Things (IoT) applications with an FCC/IC/Telec/KC/SRRC/WPC pre-certified and CE/RCM compliant multiprotocol connectivity end-product solution, negating the need for RF design expertise and time-consuming development work. The compact 43.1 by 18 by 9.3mm dongle is designed for use in Industrial IoT (IIoT), smart-home and -city sensor mesh networks, as well as in personal area networks (PANs) for health and medical monitoring applications.

The dongle is powered by the nRF52840 SoC, which features a powerful 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4F processor, 1MB Flash memory and 256kB RAM, and a 2.4GHz radio featuring -95dBm RX sensitivity in 1Mbps Bluetooth LE mode and -103dBM sensitivity in 125kbps Bluetooth LE mode (boosting range). These features make the SoC an ideal choice for applications that are complex, processor-intensive, and/or require long range. Raytac says the MDBT50Q-RX offers a working range of up to 250 meters in open space at a data rate of 1Mbps, or up to 120 meters at a data rate of 2Mbps. The dongle also provides GPIO, PWM, and USB interfaces for connecting peripherals and sensors.

Nordic’s product roadmap is always one step ahead of the market. The company has foreseen the future of multiprotocol wireless applications

Lyon Liu, Raytac

Nordic’s nRF52840 multiprotocol 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 nRF52840 is Bluetooth 5-, Thread 1.1-, and Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy specification-certified and its Dynamic Multiprotocol feature uniquely supports concurrent wireless connectivity of the protocols. The SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio. The chip supports all the features of Bluetooth 5 (including 4x the range or 2x the raw data bandwidth (2Mbps) compared with Bluetooth 4.2). Designed to address the inherent security challenges brought by 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, and supports high throughput and long range modes as well as advertising extensions. OpenThread and Zigbee stacks are available through Nordic’s nRF5 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Thread and Zigbee.

“We selected the nRF52840 SoC for the MDBT50Q-RX dongle for its multiprotocol support and also Nordic’s nRF5 SDK for Mesh which together enable the widest possible application support for developers,” says Lyon Liu, Raytac Director. “On top of its powerful specifications, the addition of a USB interface provides developers with the most flexible and convenient interface for M2M IoT implementations.

“Nordic’s product roadmap is always one step ahead of the market. The company has foreseen the future of multiprotocol wireless applications and with the nRF52840 SoC has provided the best solution for IoT application development.”

smart air-quality solution monitors

Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi connected smart air-quality solution monitors household air pollution levels

Courtesy of Nordic Semiconductor : Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi connected smart air-quality solution monitors household air pollution levels

SoluM’s ‘Keyco Air’ sensor-based monitor employs Nordic nRF52832 SoC wireless connectivity to send indoor air, humidity, and temperature data to user’s smartphone or tablet

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Yongin, Korea-based technology company, SoluM, has selected Nordic’s nRF52832 System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide the Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) wireless connectivity for ‘Keyco Air’, a Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi smart air-quality monitor.

In operation, Keyco Air is plugged into an existing AC wall socket and employs a total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) sensor to monitor the air, humidity, and temperature parameters in the home, in turn detecting unhealthy or potentially harmful levels of household air pollution, as well as rapid temperature changes caused by, for example, fire or heater defects. Significant household air-quality alerts are then sent to a user’s smartphone—using Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC—detailing the specific category, condition, and severity grading of the air pollution alert. The device itself also displays indoor air quality updates using colour LEDs – blinking red for ‘very poor’, red for ‘poor’, purple for ‘moderate’, and blue for ‘fresh’.

We selected the nRF52832 SoC because the solution offered easy-to-use, convenient development tools as well as an optimal low power Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity solution
Nam-Min Kim, SoluM

Once installed and configured, the smart air-quality monitor can be paired to the user’s Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone or tablet using low latency Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity provided by the Nordic SoC. From the iOS and Android ‘SoluM Keyco’ app the user can review a range of data related to indoor air quality and other environmental conditions present at the time. The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity enables smartphone connectivity in the event the device is out of Bluetooth LE range.

Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC is a powerful multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth LE and 2.4GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF52832 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
-96dBm RX sensitivity, with 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM.

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 features Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster, and Observer Bluetooth LE roles, supports up to twenty connections, and enables concurrent role operation. Nordic’s unique software architecture provides clear separation between the RF protocol software and the developer’s application code, easing product development.

“We selected the nRF52832 SoC because the solution offered easy-to-use, convenient development tools as well as an optimal low power Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity solution,” says Nam-Min Kim, Manager at SoluM.