nRF52840 Preview DK

Development Kit for nRF52840 SoC


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The nRF52840 PDK is a versatile single board development kit for Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth low energy, ANT, 802.15.4 and 2.4GHz proprietary applications using the nRF52840 SoC. This kit supports development for the nRF52840 SoC.

The kit is hardware compatible with the Arduino Uno Revision 3 standard, making it possible to use 3rd-party shields that are compatible to this standard. An NFC antenna can be connected the kit to enable NFC tag functionality. The kit gives access to all I/O and interfaces via connectors and has 4 LEDs and 4 buttons which are user-programmable.

It supports the standard Nordic Software Development Tool-chain using Keil, IAR and GCC. Program/Debug options on the kit is Segger J-Link OB.


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  • Supports Bluetooth 5 development on nRF52840 SoC
  • Arduino Uno shield compatible
  • ARM mbed enabled
  • All I/O and interfaces available at edge connectors
  • Segger J-Link OB Program/Debug supported
  • RF SMA connector for direct RF measurements
  • SD card slot for external flash
  • NFC tag-A interface and antenna
  • Interfaces directly to Nordic Power Profiler Kit



  • 1 x nRF52840 Preview DK board
  • 1 x 2032 battery
  • 1 x NFC antenna


Supported products/complementary

Part # Description
nRF52840 Advanced multi-protocol SoC supporting Bluetooth 5/ANT/802.15.4/2.4GHz proprietary applications

Ordering codes

Part # Description
nRF52840-PDK Development Kit for nRF52840 SoC


Nordic Semiconductor protocol stacks are known as SoftDevices.SoftDevices are pre-compiled, pre-linked binary files. SoftDevices can be programmed in nRF5 series devices, and are freely downloadable from the Nordic website.


Code Name Version
S132-SD-v3 S132 nRF52 SoftDevice 3.1.0 (production)
S140-SD-v5 S140 nRF52 SoftDevice 5.0.0-1.alpha


Software Development Kit
Nordic Semiconductor's Software Development Kits (SDK) are your starting point for software development on the nRF51 and nRF52 Series. It contains source code libraries and example applications covering wireless functions, libraries for all peripherals, bootloaders, Wired and OTA FW upgrades, RTOS examples, serialization libraries and more.

Software Development Kit

Code Name Version
nRF5-SDK-alpha-zip nRF5 SDK Zip File (NB! alpha release) 13.0.0-1.alpha
nRF5-SDK-zip nRF5 SDK Zip File 12.2.0


PC software
To aid your product development, Nordic also offers a range of tools enabling you to interact with and monitor your product


Code Name Version
nRF-Connect-OS-X nRF Connect tar.gz archive for OS X 1.1.0
nRF-Connect-Ubuntu-Linux nRF Connect tar.gz archive for Ubuntu Linux 64-bit 1.1.0
nRF-Connect-Windows nRF Connect installer for Windows 1.1.0
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Linux32 nRF5x toolset tar for Linux 32-bit (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.3.1
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Linux64 nRF5x toolset tar for Linux 64-bit (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.3.1
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-OSX nRF5x toolset tar for OSX (nrfjprog and mergehex) 9.3.1
nRF5x-Command-Line-Tools-Win32 nRF5x toolset installer for Windows (JLinkARM, JLink CDC, nRFjprog, and mergehex) 9.3.1
nRF5x-MDK-GCC nRF5x MDK for Gcc. 8.11.1
nRF5x-MDK-IAR nRF5x MDK for IAR Embedded Workbench. 8.11.1
nRF5x-MDK-Keil4 nRF5x MDK for Keil4 and Keil5 compatibility version. 8.11.1
nRF5x-MDK-Pack nRF5x MDK pack. 8.11.1
nRF5x-OB-JLink-IF J-Link Interface MCU Firmware for on-board debugger for nRF5x Development Tools 160914
nRF5x-OB-mbed-IF mbed Interface MCU Firmware for on-board debugger for nRF5x Development Tools 0221

Reference Layout

Code Name Version
nRF52840-PDK-HW nRF52840 Preview DK Hardware Files 0.9.0