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Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and proprietary 2.4GHz SoC wins wireless industry award

Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and proprietary 2.4GHz SoC wins wireless industry award


Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces that its nRF51822 Bluetooth® low energy and proprietary 2.4GHz SoC (System-on-Chip) has won the 2013 Spirit of Wireless Award from specialist wireless publication Incisor magazine and the associated Incisor.TV website.

The Award is designed to recognize the most interesting, innovative and exciting use of wireless technology in the world today and was presented to Nordic during the recent 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, U.S.

Spirit of Wireless Award 2013


"Nordic Semiconductor's nRF51822 was the standout winner in the 2013 Spirit of Wireless Awards and a truly standout product," said Incisor magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Vince Holton. "The Spirit of Wireless Award panel felt that the combination of Nordic’s multiprotocol RF technology and innovative software architecture has the potential to underpin the development of a limitless number of next-generation wireless products."


Holton continued: "Nordic’s nRF51822 is a multiprotocol, ultra low power 2.4GHz System-on-Chip that is capable of concurrently or non-concurrently supporting Bluetooth low energy and proprietary RF software protocols. The hardware is based on a completely new ultra low power, multiprotocol 2.4GHz radio and a 32-bit ARM® processor that greatly reduces power consumption, and significantly improves performance and available processing power.


"But it wasn’t just the standout hardware features that excited us. Nordic has also separated the protocol stack and user application code. This provides developers with a clean boundary between application and protocol stack, and removes the need to struggle with the integration of application code as part of a vendor-imposed application development framework."


Holton concluded: "As a result, [the nRF51822] is something of a game changer and is set to influence the way wireless technology is developed and used over the coming years."


The independent judging panel consisted of three judges. The first was Professor William Webb is a founding director of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies and networks, and CEO of the Weightless SIG - a trade body working to standardize a new M2M technology. Webb was also previously a Director at U.K. national telecoms regulator Ofcom.


The second judge was Manek Dubash who has worked in IT for over 20 years and was selected to be one of the judges for the prestigious World Communications Awards from renowned U.K. national financial newspaper the Financial Times. Dubash is also Editorial Director of NetEvents TV and publishes Network Weekly. The third judge was Incisor Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Vince Holton.


“The development of our flagship nRF51 Series demanded a huge amount of engineering effort and financial investment to produce something that was genuinely game-changing within the ULP wireless market,” comments Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO of Nordic Semiconductor. “The nRF51 Series was not, therefore, developed without risk for our company and it therefore makes me extremely proud to see one of its first product members – the nRF51822 – receive such prestigious industry recognition and become an award-winning product.”


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