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Nordic nRF24AP2 8-channel ANT chip named as finalist in top US industry Awards

The nRF24AP2 has been shortlisted as a finalist in the EDN 2009 Innovation Awards.

Please vote for us here by checking the circle next to the nRF24AP2 – the last entry in section 20 (The Networking Category)

Oslo, Norway – March 9, 2010 – Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) and leading ULP protocol developer ANT Wireless today announce that the nRF24AP2 8-channel single chip ANT™ solution has been selected from hundreds of nominations to be a finalist in the “Networking” category of this year's EDN Innovation Awards.

INDUSTRY AWARD: 2009 EDN INNOVATION FINALIST

The award summary from EDN’s editors describes the features of the nRF24AP2 that attracted the finalist nomination. It reads: “The [nRF24AP2 8-channel ANT] chip acts as a hub, simultaneously supporting up to eight active sensor channels in peer-to-peer, star, tree, and mesh topologies. In cycling, the nRF24AP2 allows for simultaneous monitoring of heart rate, speed and distance, crank power, and cadence, with four channels to spare.

 

"The nRF24AP2’s peak currents are 20 percent lower than those of its forerunner [the nRF24AP1], and average currents are 75 percent lower. In a heart-rate monitoring application used 1.2 hours per day with a 500ms reporting interval, the average current is 14µA, allowing a 220mAh, 3V CR2032 [coin cell/watch] battery to last for nearly two years. The 5x5mm nRF24AP2 has an on-air data rate of 1Mbps at a 2.4GHz operating frequency." (See tinyurl.com/yasu9g7.)

 

Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards from leading U.S. electronics design trade journal, EDN, honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the global electronics industry over the past year. Finalists must demonstrate innovation that resulted in a significant advance in technology and/or product development during the past 12 months, and for products this includes shipping in volume during the 2009 calendar year.

 

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The nRF24AP2 is a class leading combination of Nordic transceiver technology combined with ANT Wireless’ ANT protocol stack to produce a 2.4GHz ULP wireless single chip solution optimized for low data rate sensor network topologies in personal
area networks (PANs) and practical wireless sensor networks (WSNs). (See “About nRF24AP2” and "About ANT / ANT+” below.)

 

“We are very proud that the nRF24AP2 has received such prestigious recognition from one of the leading U.S. electronic engineering design journals," comments Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Sales & Marketing. “The nRF24AP2 is the direct result of many years of engineering development by Nordic and its valued partner ANT Wireless. To see the hard work and ingenuity of the engineers from both companies being recognized by such a major award program is very gratifying."

 

 

"The selection of the nRF24AP2 ANT chip as a highly innovative product by the editors of EDN reinforces our belief that this is a unique device in the 2.4GHz ULP sector," says Brian Macdonald, Director – ANT Wireless. "It also represents one more notable success of the five year ANT Wireless/Nordic Semiconductor collaboration. Together with its forerunner, the nRF24AP1, these ANT chips power more than seven million wireless nodes worldwide in sectors such as sport, fitness, and health personal monitoring, while offering proven interoperability through ANT+, managed by the 220 member ANT+ Alliance."

 

“We received an impressive number of submissions for our 2009 Innovation Awards program, indicating that innovation was alive and well despite the economically challenging year,” comments Rick Nelson, EDN editor-in-chief. “Despite our editors’ best efforts to narrow the field, more than 120 products qualified as finalists, and our editors worked diligently to group them into 30 very competitive categories, representing components, integrated circuits, test systems, EDA tools, design and test software, subsystems, and systems. In the Networking category, Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24AP2, was one of the outstanding submissions our editors chose. And now, it’s up to the readers to determine which product in each category they find most compelling.”

 

During February and March, EDN’s worldwide audience of electronic engineers and engineering managers will use an online ballot to select the ultimate winners from among the finalists. EDN’s editorial staff also take part in determining the final winners. Winners will be announced at a reception and awards ceremony on April 26, 2010, in San Jose, CA.

 

About the nRF24AP2™

Based on Nordic’s class-leading nRF24L01+ transceiver core, the nRF24AP2 integrates an ultra-low power 2.4GHz transceiver with ANT Wireless’ production-proven ultra low power protocol stack, ANT, to create a true connectivity-on-chip solution.

 

The nRF24AP2 core provides a range of benefits including substantial enhancements in wideband blocking and intermodulation as well as 5dB of extra sensitivity compared to its predecessor (the nRF24AP1). This extra sensitivity increases immunity to disturbance from other 2.4GHz sources in the vicinity. The ANT protocol stack implementation includes new features such as support for up to 8-channels, proximity search, frequency agility, and continuous scanning mode.

 

The device operates at a peak current of just 17mA. Average operating currents are in the microampere range (for example, in simple broadcast mode, average operating current is 9µA) leading to extended operation from small coin cell type batteries.

 

The nRF24AP2 is available in two variants. The single-channel nRFAP2-1CH is a cost optimized and flexible product specifically designed for us in a wide range of sensors. Combined with different host microcontrollers it provides a low cost, ultra low power solution for everything from simple sensors like bike cadence meters to more complex sensors like heart rate monitors and blood glucose monitors.

 

The 8-channel nRF24AP2-8CH is an advanced and flexible product specifically designed for ANT hubs. Supporting up to 8-channels and without compromising power consumption, it enables devices like sports watches, bicycle computer and gym machines computers, for example, to connect to up to eight sensors simultaneously.

 

The device is fully interoperable with existing Nordic Semiconductor nRF24AP1 ANT chipsets and supports the ANT+ managed network alliance platform, assuring interoperability between wireless products from different vendors.

 

About EDN and EDN.com

EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. EDN.com delivers a three-dimensional view of the electronic industry via news coverage, strategic business information, and in-depth technical content (www.edn.com). EDN is published by Reed Business Information (www.reedbusiness.com/us), the largest business-to-business publisher in the US and a member of the Reed Elsevier Group Plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL) – a world-leading publisher and information provider.

 

About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com)

ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. Designed for 2.4GHz operation, ANT is perfectly suited for any kind of low data rate sensor network topologies in personal area networks (PANs) and practical wireless sensor networks (WSN). ANT has been intentionally engineered to simplify wireless network development and maximize network efficiency. ANT is the wireless division of Dynastream Innovations Inc.

 

ANT+ facilitates interoperability between manufacturer’s devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data for monitoring information anywhere, anytime. The key advantage of this unique managed network is device specific interoperability which enables wireless communication with other ANT+ products. Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network key. The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The Alliance ensures standardized communications through optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products. As of March 1, 2010 there are 220 members in the ANT+ Alliance.

 

Nordic Semiconductor is a member of the ANT+ Alliance.

About Nordic Semiconductor ASA

Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication. Nordic is a public company listed on the Norwegian stock exchange.

 

Nordic provides RF silicon solutions including:

 

  • Highly integrated RF silicon
  • Sophisticated and flexible development tools
  • Application specific communication software
  • Complete reference designs

 

The company’s innovative range of wireless solutions includes:

 

  • The nRF24LE1™ single-chip, ultra-low cost and power, fully integrated 2.4GHz transceiver with radio, microprocessor, flash memory and MultiCeiver™ technology supporting up to six simultaneous wireless devices (also available in a lower cost, one time programmable (OTP) variant, the nRF24LE1 OTP);
  • The nRF24L01+™ ultra-low cost and power 2.4GHz transceiver with MultiCeiver technology supporting up to six simultaneous wireless devices;
  • The nRF24LU1+™ single chip 2.4GHz transceiver with full-speed USB, microcontroller and flash memory enabling ultra-compact USB dongles for wireless peripherals (also available in a lower cost, one time programmable (OTP) variant, the nRF24LU1+ OTP);
  • The nRF24AP2™ ultra low power 2.4GHz transceiver for wireless communication with Dynastream Innovation’s production-proven interoperable low-power network protocol, ANT™, and ANT+™ managed network platform;
  • The nRF24E1™ and nRF24E2™ low cost transceivers paired with an industry standard 8051 MCU core, and leading peripherals to create complete low cost SoCs for 2.4GHz operation;
  • The nRF24Z1™ single-chip solution for CD quality wireless audio streaming at up to 16-bit, 48-kHz resolution;
  • The nRF905™ single-chip multiband radio transceiver for the 433, 868 or 915MHz ISM bands;
  • The nRF9E5™ low-cost, single-chip solution with fully integrated RF transceiver for the 433, 868 or 915MHz ISM bands.

 

Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24xxx range of 2.4GHz transceiver and transmitter devices are aimed at applications including PC peripherals (wireless keyboards/mice/multimedia controllers), game controllers, intelligent sports equipment and wireless audio (for example, MP3 and portable CD player wireless headphones and wireless PC speakers). The latest nRF24L01+ family is targeted at ultra-low cost and power applications such as wireless desktops and intelligent (for example, wristwatch-based) sports equipment.

 

Nordic is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG, and has contributed core expertise in ultra low power (ULP) RF design to Bluetooth® low energy wireless technology (formerly ultra low power Bluetooth). Bluetooth low energy is a short range RF communication technology featuring ultra low power consumption, a lightweight protocol stack and simple integration with Bluetooth chips. It is a hallmark feature of the latest Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0. The technology will support the next generation of RF communications by opening up many new opportunities for ULP wireless data links between suitably equipped mobile handsets or computers and small (typically coin cell) battery-powered devices such as sports, wellness, and medical health sensors.

 

Nordic’s products are all manufactured in state of the art semiconductor process technologies through strong, long-term relationships with world-best manufacturing facilities. Sales are primarily made through a carefully selected worldwide distribution network. The company has offices in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway, the US (west coast), Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Nordic is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSX: NOD). All operations are managed according to the ISO 9001:2000-approved quality assurance system.