About Nordic Semiconductor
Nordic Semiconductor ('Nordic') is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra low power (ULP) and low power wireless communication in the license-free 2.4-GHz and sub 1-GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands, and commercial LTE telecommunications bands targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) and other wireless applications. Nordic is a Norwegian public company listed on the Oslo stock exchange (OSE: NOD).
Nordic's ULP and low power wireless solutions enable its customers to build wireless connectivity into everything from mainstream consumer PC peripherals, sports & fitness devices, toys and RF remote controls through to the most advanced and innovative 'game-changing' wireless devices such as beacons, health monitors, home automation, asset tracking and other IoT applications – while exceeding end users' expectations in terms of features, performance. security and price.
The company is the world’s leading vendor of Bluetooth® low energy Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) with close to a 40 percent share of new registered designs (2016). (Bluetooth low energy is a power-optimised, hallmark element of Bluetooth wireless technology introduced as part of Bluetooth 4.0 in 2010 and featuring a lightweight protocol “stack”.) The company offers the largest family of Bluetooth low energy SoCs ranging from the nRF52840™—an ARM® Cortex™ M4F processor-powered Bluetooth low energy SoC featuring a 2.4-GHz multiprotocol radio, 1 MB Flash and 256 kB RAM (the world’s first SoC to fully support Bluetooth 5, an extended range and higher throughput version of the technology)—to the low-cost version of the nRF51822™—an ARM Cortex M0 processor-powered Bluetooth low energy SoC with 2.4-GHz multiprotocol radio, 128 kB Flash and 16 kB RAM. All Nordic’s Bluetooth low energy solutions are fully compliant with versions of Bluetooth technology from Bluetooth 4.0 to the latest release.
The nRF52® and nRF51® Series are based on a common silicon architecture that supports Bluetooth low energy, ANT™ and 2.4-GHz proprietary RF protocol stacks (and IEEE 802.15.4-based protocols such as OpenThread in the case of the nRF52840) enabling an easy migration path for developers and companies. The SoCs feature a novel software architecture featuring a unique and powerful separation between protocol stack and user application code. The precompiled, thread-safe stack is not included in the developer’s application compilations - significantly easing application development, verification and testing. In addition, the Nordic SoCs’ large memory capacity allows for rapid and secure in-service over-the-air device (stack and application code) firmware updates (OTA-DFU) with full verification before the previous version of firmware is erased.
Nordic employs one of the world’s largest Bluetooth low energy RF protocol stack development teams which designs, test and verifies all the company’s “SoftDevices” (Nordic stacks) in house. SoftDevices such as the S132, a Bluetooth 5 compatible stack that supports Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster and Observer concurrent roles, supports up to eight connections, enable developers to design the most complex Bluetooth low energy applications.
In 2016 Nordic invested significant resources in a highly-talented and experienced group of cellular R&D engineers (formerly employed by the Finnish arms of Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Broadcom) and a facility in Finland to develop a family of products for low power LTE technology targeting cellular IoT. Low power cellular IoT suits applications such as smart utility metering, asset tracking, building security, healthcare and medical monitoring, indoor and outdoor GPS navigation, smart home technology and industrial automation. Nordic’s upcoming nRF91 Series low power cellular solutions are designed to provide long battery life, low cost deployment and maintenance, scalability for potentially billions of devices, a miniaturized form-factor and ubiquitous network coverage.
Nordic also manufactures the μBlue® Series of Bluetooth low energy connectivity ICs, the nRF24L Series of 2.4-GHz RF SoCs and the nRF24AP2™ Series of ANT connectivity ICs. The nRF24L Series (together with the Nordic Gazell™ protocol stack) are the market leading proprietary solutions for wireless PC peripherals. ANT is a proven technology for ULP wireless connectivity in sports & fitness equipment for products such as heart-rate belts, speed-distance foot pods, GPS pods, pedometers, activity sensors, bike cadence sensors, bike speed sensors, bike power sensors and weight scales. In addition, Nordic supplies the nRF2460™ audio streamer and Sub 1-GHz Series, an ideal solution for longer-range industrial, home automation and wireless monitoring applications.
The company’s products feature:
- Class-leading battery lifetimes – Up to years running from regular AA, AAA or coin cell batteries;
- Small size – Compact packaging options, enabling miniaturized wireless products to be developed, including ‘wearable’ devices and Internet of Things sensors;
- Ease-of-use – Working 'out-of-the-box' without complex pairing procedures;
- Ease-of-integration – Proven Bluetooth low energy, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols supported by single-chip solutions powered by ARM processors or transceivers that support for a wide range of application microcontrollers to ease design-in;
- Multi-vendor interoperability – Seamless connectivity to Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) and existing ANT+ sensors, hubs and devices;
- Robust wireless connectivity – Excellent co-existence performance with other popular 2.4GHz wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity;
- Mobile device connectivity – Seamless connectivity to low energy phones and tablets with Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) or ANT+ support;
- Attractive pricing point – Single chip solutions with low cost external Bill-of-Materials (BoM) supporting entry-level product pricing.
The company’s DevZone —an online development community—features tens of thousands of technical queries and answers from Nordic employees and others about Nordic products, software, development kits and reference designs. And GitHub (github.com)—an online open-source software repository—provides access to proven and robust Bluetooth low energy application software that can be ported to Nordic’s SoCs.
Nordic is a member of the ANT+ Alliance and has successfully collaborated with ANT Wireless of Cochrane, Canada, since 2005. ANT+ (built on the ANT protocol) facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data. ANT+ defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters, and network keys. The ANT+ Alliance is an open, special interest group of companies with a membership of over 400 member companies.
Nordic is an associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and has contributed core expertise in ULP RF design to the Bluetooth low energy specification.
Nordic’s products are manufactured using state-of-the-art semiconductor process technologies via 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 U.S. (West Coast), Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. All operations are managed according to the ISO 9001:2008-approved quality assurance system.
Nordic RF silicon solutions include:
- Highly integrated RF silicon;
- Sophisticated and flexible development tools;
- Application specific communication software;
- Complete reference designs;
The company’s innovative range of wireless solutions comprises:
- The nRF52840™ multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy, IEEE 80215.4, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary Flash-based SoC, a single-chip solution powered by an ARM Cortex M4F processor. The IC is Bluetooth 5 ready and delivers up to 4x the range or 2x the raw data bandwidth compared with Bluetooth 4.2. The IC also incorporates the ARM CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator offering best-in-class security for Cortex-M based SoCs;
- The nRF52832™ multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary Flash-based SoC, a single-chip solution powered by an ARM Cortex M4F processor. The IC is suitable for the most demanding single-chip Bluetooth low energy applications. The nRF52832 is also available in a WLCSP format that measures 3 by 3.2mm;
- The nRF51824™ multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy, ANT and 2.4GHz proprietary Flash-based SoC, an auto grade AEC-Q100 qualified (Grade 2: -40 to 105ºC) IC for intelligent automotive applications including alerts, collision detection, control and telemetry, wireless charging and infotainment;
- The nRF51822™ multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy/2.4GHz proprietary Flash-based SoC, a single-chip solution powered by an ARM Cortex M0 processor. The IC is supplied with the S110, S120 or S130 Bluetooth low energy stack and is suitable for applications in cost, power and size constrained applications. The nRF51822 is also available in a WLCSP format that occupies 40 percent less board space;
- The nRF51422™ ANT and ANT/Bluetooth low energy Flash-based SoCs, a single chip solution for ANT or ANT/Bluetooth low energy applications. The IC is supplied with the S210 ANT protocol stack or S310 ANT/Bluetooth low energy protocol stack and is suitable for applications such as those in the sports, fitness, and healthcare sensors. The nRF51422 is also available in a WLCSP format that occupies 40 percent less board space;
- The µBlue™ nRF8001™ single-chip complete Bluetooth low energy solution, the industry’s lowest power, fully qualified Bluetooth v4.0 design combining Radio, Link Layer, and Host into one End Product Listing (EPL);
- The µBlue™ nRF8002™ SoC Bluetooth low energy solution, a low cost, ultra low power, uniquely easy to design-in, fully qualified Bluetooth v4.0 solution for Bluetooth low energy wireless tags and other accessories;
- The nRF24LE1™ ultra-low cost and power, fully integrated 2.4GHz SoC 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+™ fully integrated 2.4GHz System-on-Chip SoC 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 family for wireless communication with ANT Wireless’ production-proven interoperable low-power network protocol, ANT™, and ANT+™ managed network platform;
- The nRF24Z1™ single-chip solution for wireless audio streaming at up full CD quality 16-bit, 48-kHz resolution;
- The nRF2460™ single-chip, low-cost mono wireless audio streaming solution delivering uncompressed 16-bit PCM digital audio, with audio latency as low as 22ms;
- 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.
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