Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth low energy

Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth low energy ICs/solutions

Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth® Smart (previously called Bluetooth low energy) technology is an integral part of the Bluetooth Core Specification from Bluetooth v4.0 onwards. Bluetooth Smart brings Bluetooth wireless connectivity to low cost, small battery operated devices that require months to years of battery lifetime. Bluetooth Smart will therefore enable a new and extended range of applications to benefit from Bluetooth wireless technology including watches, proximity tags, sports and fitness sensors, healthcare sensors and remote controls. Bluetooth Smart technology can be branded under the Bluetooth smart marks in accordance with guideline from the Bluetooth SIG.

Key features of Bluetooth Smart include:

  • Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption
  • Ability to run for years on standard, coin-cell batteries
  • Low cost
  • Multi-vendor interoperability
  • Enhanced range

Bluetooth Smart has official support in iOS and Android mobile platforms as well as most desktop platforms including OSX, Windows 8 and Linux.


Resources for developers on Bluetooth Smart for iOS and Android


Bluetooth Smart Products


Bluetooth Smart RF ICs


nRF52 Series

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Part # Brief Description
nRF52832 Multiprotocol Bluetooth Smart/ANT/2.4GHz SoC


nRF52 Development Tools


Part # Brief Description
nRF52 Preview DK Development kit for nRF52832 SoC
nRF52 DK Available Q1 2016! Development kit for nRF52832 SoC
nRF52 SDK Software Development Kit for nRF52832 Soc


nRF51 Series

Part # Brief Description
nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart and 2.4GHz proprietary multiprotocol Soc
nRF51422 ANT and ANT/Bluetooth Smart multiprotocol SoC


Click to read more about the nRF51 Series devices and supporting protocol stacks.


µBlue™ Series

Part # Brief Description
nRF8001 Bluetooth Smart Connectivity IC
nRF8002 Bluetooth Smart Proximity IC


Bluetooth Smart Development Tools

Part # Brief Description
nRF5 SDK for IoT IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) for applications using IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart
nRF51 DK Bluetooth Smart/ANT/2.4GHz Development kit
nRF51 Dongle Bluetooth Smart/ANT/2.4GHz Development dongle
nRF51 SDK Software Development Kit for the nRF51 Series
nRF51 IoT SDK IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) for applications using IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart
nRF5 SDK for HomeKit Software Development Kit for HomeKit solutions
nRFgo Starter Kit Common development platform for Nordic Semiconductor's wireless ICs
nRF8001 Development Kit nRFgo Development Kit for nRF8001
nRF8001 SDK Software Development Kit (SDK) for nRF8001
nRF8002 Development Kit nRFgo Development Kit for nRF8002
nRFgo Studio PC application for configuring and evaluating the nRF8000-Series
nRF Sniffer Low cost Bluetooth Smart packet sniffer

For part-specific development tools click the "Development Tools and Software" tab on the product page


Bluetooth Smart Reference Design

Part # Brief Description
nRF51822-Beacon nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart Beacon Kit
nRFready Smart Remote 3 for nRF51 Series Advanced Bluetooth Smart enabled remote control reference design with voice input
nRFready Desktop 2 Combined Bluetooth Smart and proprietary 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard
combo reference design
Nordic Mobile Apps Collection of Nordic Mobile Apps using both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart for iOS, Samsung and Android 4.3


A range of module suppliers offers qualified and certified modules based on Nordic Semiconductor technology.