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Bluetooth Smart/Bluetooth low energy ICs/solutions

Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth® Smart (previously called Bluetooth low energy) technology is an integral part 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

nRF51 Series

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

 

 

µBlue™ Series

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

 

Bluetooth Smart Development Tools
Part # Brief Description
nRF51 DK New! Bluetooth Smart/ANT/2.4GHz Development kit
nRF51 Dongle New! Bluetooth Smart/ANT/2.4GHz Development dongle
nRF51822-mKIT ARM mbed Evaluation Kit using nRF51822 SoC (not recommended for new designs)
nRF51822 Evaluation Kit nRFgo Evaluation Kit for nRF51822 (not recommended for new designs)
nRF51822 Development Kit nRFgo Development Kit for nRF51822 (not recommended for new designs)
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 Voice Input Module Bluetooth Smart enabled voice input for nRFready Smart Remote
nRFready Smart Remote 2 Multi-Protocol Advanced Navigation Remote Control Reference Design
nRFready Desktop 2 Combined Bluetooth Smart and proprietary 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard
combo reference design
nRFready Demo Apps Collection of nRFready Demo Apps using both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart for iOS, Samsung and Android 4.3
nRFready µBlue Smart Remote Multi-touch 6-axis motion sensing Bluetooth Smart RF remote control reference design
nRFready µBlue Desktop Reference design for Bluetooth Smart wireless mouse and keyboard