nRF52840 Dongle

USB Dongle based on nRF52840
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Description

 

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The nRF52840 Dongle is a small, low-cost USB dongle for Bluetooth® low energy, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, ZigBee, 802.15.4, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary applications using the nRF52840 SoC. The Dongle is the perfect target hardware for use with nRF Connect for Desktop as it is low-cost but still support all the short range wireless standards used with Nordic devices. The dongle has been designed to be used as a wireless HW device together with nRF Connect for Desktop. For other use cases please do note that there is no debug support on the Dongle, only support for programming the device and communicating through USB.

It is supported by most of the nRF Connect for Desktop apps and will automatically be programmed if needed. In addition custom applications can be made and downloaded to the Dongle. It has a user programable RGB LED, a green LED, a user programmable button as well as 15 GPIO accessible from castellated solder points along the edge. Example applications are available in the nRF5 SDK under the board name PCA10059.

The nRF52840 Dongle is supported by nRF Connect for Desktop as well as programming through nRFUtil.

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Features

  • Low cost USB dongle supporting Bluetooth low energy, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4, ANT and 2.4GHz
  • 15 GPIO and interfaces available on castellated edge soldering points
  • 1 Programmable RGB LED
  • 1 Programmable green LED
  • 1 Programmable Button
  • Updatable through USB DFU

Content

  • 1 x nRF52840 Dongle

Supported products/complementary

Part # Description
nRF52840 Multi-protocol Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy/ANT/802.15.4/2.4GHz RF SoC
nRF5 SDK Software Development Kit for nRF51 and nRF52 Series
nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee Software Development Kit for the Thread and Zigbee solutions on the nRF52840
SEGGER Embedded Studio IDE A powerful and easy to use toolbox for developers
S140 Bluetooth 5 20-link protocol stack

Ordering codes

Part # Description
nRF52840-Dongle USB Dongle based on nRF52840
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SoftDevices
Nordic Semiconductor protocol stacks are known as SoftDevices.SoftDevices are pre-compiled, pre-linked binary files. SoftDevices can be programmed in nRF5 series devices, and are freely downloadable from the Nordic website.

SoftDevices

Code Name Version
S140-SD-v6 S140 nRF52 SoftDevice 6.0.0 (production)

 

Software Development Kit
Nordic Semiconductor's Software Development Kits (SDK) are your starting point for software development on the nRF51 and nRF52 Series. It contains source code libraries and example applications covering wireless functions, libraries for all peripherals, bootloaders, Wired and OTA FW upgrades, RTOS examples, serialization libraries and more.

Software Development Kit

Code Name Version
nRF5-SDK-for-Thread-and-Zigbee nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee zip file 1.0.0
nRF5-SDK-zip nRF5 SDK Zip File - works with S112 v6.0.0, S132 v6.0.0, S140 v6.0.0, and S212 v5.0.x 15.0.0

 

PC software
To aid your product development, Nordic also offers a range of tools enabling you to interact with and monitor your product

Software

Code Name Version
nRF-Connect-Linux nRF Connect installer for Linux 64-bit 2.4.0
nRF-Connect-macOS nRF Connect archive for macOS 2.4.0
nRF-Connect-Windows nRF Connect installer for Windows 2.4.0
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Linux32 nRF5x toolset tar for Linux 32-bit (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.7.3
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Linux64 nRF5x toolset tar for Linux 64-bit (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.7.3
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-OSX nRF5x toolset tar for OSX (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.7.3
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Win32 nRF5x toolset installer for Windows (JLinkARM, JLink CDC, nRFjprog, and mergehex) 9.7.3
nRF5x-MDK-GCC nRF5x MDK for GCC with 3-clause BSD license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-GCC-5-Clause-NOD nRF5x MDK for GCC with 5-clause Nordic license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-IAR nRF5x MDK for IAR Embedded Workbench with 3-clause BSD license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-IAR-5-Clause-NOD nRF5x MDK for IAR Embedded Workbench with 5-clause Nordic license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-Keil4 nRF5x MDK for Keil4 and Keil5 compatibility version with 3-clause BSD license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-Keil4-5-Clause-NOD nRF5x MDK for Keil4 and Keil5 compatibility version with 5-clause Nordic license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-Pack nRF5x MDK pack with 3-clause BSD license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-Pack-5-Clause-NOD nRF5x MDK pack with 5-clause Nordic license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-SES nRF5x MDK for SES compatibility version with 3-clause BSD license 8.17.0
nRF5x-MDK-SES-NOD nRF5x MDK for SES compatibility version with 5-clause Nordic license 8.17.0

Reference Layout

Code Name Version
nRF52840-Dongle-HW nRF52840 Dongle Hardware Files 1.0.0