Bluetooth low energy (previously called Bluetooth Smart)

Bluetooth low energy ICs/solutions

Bluetooth low energy

Bluetooth® low energy (previously called Bluetooth Smart) technology is an integral part of the Bluetooth Core Specification from Bluetooth low energy 4.x onwards. Bluetooth low energy brings Bluetooth wireless connectivity to low cost, small battery operated devices that require months to years of battery lifetime. Bluetooth low energy 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 low energy technology can be branded under the Bluetooth low energy marks in accordance with guideline from the Bluetooth SIG.

Key features of Bluetooth low energy 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 low energy has official support in iOS and Android mobile platforms as well as most desktop platforms including OSX, Windows 8 and Linux.

 

nRF52 Series

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

 

nRF52 Development Tools

Part # Brief Description
nRF52 DK Development kit for nRF52832 SoC
nRF52 Preview DK Development kit for nRF52832 SoC (Not recommended)
nRF5 SDK Software Development Kit for nRF51 and nRF52 Series
nRF5 SDK for IoT IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) for applications using IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy
nRF5 SDK for HomeKit Software Development Kit for HomeKit solutions
nRF5 SDK for AirFuel Software Development Kit for Airfuel-compliant wireless charging applications
nRF Sniffer Low cost Bluetooth low energy packet sniffer
nRF Connect for desktop Cross platform Bluetooth low energy development software

 

nRF51 Series

Part # Brief Description
nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and 2.4GHz proprietary multiprotocol Soc
nRF51824 Automotive grade Bluetooth low energy SoC
nRF51422 ANT and ANT/Bluetooth low energy multiprotocol SoC

 

nRF51 Development Tools

Part # Brief Description
nRF51 DK Bluetooth low energy/ANT/2.4GHz Development kit
nRF51 Dongle Bluetooth low energy/ANT/2.4GHz Development dongle
nRF5 SDK Software Development Kit for nRF51 and nRF52 Series
nRF51 IoT SDK IoT Software Development Kit (SDK) for applications using IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy
nRF5 SDK for AirFuel Software Development Kit for Airfuel-compliant wireless charging applications
nRF Sniffer Low cost Bluetooth low energy packet sniffer
nRF Connect for desktop Cross platform Bluetooth low energy development software

 

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

 

µBlue™ Series

Part # Brief Description
nRF8001 Bluetooth low energy Connectivity IC
nRF8002 Bluetooth low energy Proximity IC

 

µBlue™ Development Tools

Part # Brief Description
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

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

 

Bluetooth Low Energy Reference Design

Part # Brief Description
nRF51822-Beacon nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart Beacon Kit
nRFready Smart Remote 3 for nRF51 Series Advanced Bluetooth low energy-enabled remote control reference design with voice input
nRFready Smart Remote 3 for nRF52 Series Advanced smart remote reference design with outstanding voice input features
nRFready Desktop 2 Combined Bluetooth low energy and proprietary 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard
combo reference design
Nordic Mobile Apps Collection of Nordic Mobile Apps using both ANT+ and Bluetooth low energy for iOS, Samsung and Android 4.3

 

Resources for developers on Bluetooth low energy for iOS and Android

 

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