Ultra low power 2.4GHz RF Transceiver IC


The Nordic nRF24L01+ is a highly integrated, ultra low power (ULP) 2Mbps RF transceiver IC for the 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band. With peak RX/TX currents lower than 14mA, a sub μA power down mode, advanced power management, and a 1.9 to 3.6V supply range, the nRF24L01+ provides a true ULP solution enabling months to years of battery life from coin cell or AA/AAA batteries. The Enhanced ShockBurst™ hardware protocol accelerator offloads time critical protocol functions from the application microcontroller enabling the implementation of advanced and robust wireless connectivity with low cost 3rd-party microcontrollers.

The Nordic nRF24L01+ integrates a complete 2.4GHz RF transceiver, RF synthesizer, and baseband logic including the Enhanced ShockBurst™ hardware protocol accelerator supporting a high-speed SPI interface for the application controller. No external loop filter, resonators, or VCO varactor diodes are required, only a low cost ±60ppm crystal, matching circuitry, and antenna.

The nRF24L01+ is available in a compact 20-pin 4 x 4mm QFN package.


  • Low cost, single-chip 2.4GHz GFSK RF transceiver IC
  • Worldwide license-free 2.4GHz ISM band operation
  • 250kbps, 1Mbps and 2Mbps on-air data-rate options
  • Enhanced ShockBurst™ hardware protocol accelerator
  • Ultra low power consumption – months to years of battery lifetime
  • Drop-in compatible with the Nordic nRF24L01 previous generation Nordic RF transceiver IC
  • Fully on-air compatible with all Nordic nRF24L Series, as well as nRF24E and nRF240 Series


  • PC peripherals
  • Gaming
  • Sports and fitness
  • Toys
  • Consumer electronics

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nRF24LE1 OTP 2.4GHz RF System-on-Chip with OTP

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The Nordic nRF24L01+ is a highly integrated, ultra low power (ULP) 2Mbps RF transceiver IC for the 2.4GHz ISM band.

Ultra low power consumption

  • 900nA deep sleep mode
  • 11.3mA Radio TX at 0dBm
  • 13.3mA Radio RX at 2Mbps on-air data-rate


2.4GHz Radio

  • 2.4GHz ISM band operation
  • GFSK modulation, 1 or 2MHz bandwidth
  • 0, -6, -12, and -18dBm programmable TX output power
  • Configurable on-air data rate of 250kbps, 1Mbps or 2Mbps
  • -94dBm RX sensitivity a 250kbps
  • -82dBm RX sensitivity at 2Mbps
  • -85dBm RX sensitivity at 1Mbps
  • Excellent co-existence performance
  • Compatible with a 16MHz ±60ppm crystal


Enhanced ShockBurst™ hardware protocol accelerator

  • Automatic packet assembly
    (Preamble, Address, CRC)
  • Automatic packed detection and validation
  • Dynamic payload length, 1 to 32Bytes
  • Auto retransmit
  • Auto Acknowledgment with optional payload
  • 6 data pipe MultiCeiver™
  • 3 separate 32Bytes TX and RX FIFOs


MCU Interface

  • SPI, up to 10Mbps


Power supply

  • Internal linear voltage regulator
  • 1.9 to 3.6V supply range


Temperature range of -40 to +80 ºC

Package options

  • 20-pin 4 x 4mm QFN
Development Tools and Software

The Nordic nRF24L01+ is supported by the following development tools and software:

Product Brief description
nRF24L01+ Evaluation Kit Evaluation Kit for the Nordic nRF24L01+
Reference Designs


No reference designs are currently available for the nRF24L01+.


Product Specification

Code Name Version
nRF24L01P-PS nRF24L01+ Product Specification 1.0
PCN-059 Product Change Notification - Cu as additional bond wire option 1.0
PCN-075 Product Change Notification 1_0
PCN-094 Change on outer box container for trays and 7” reels 1.0


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
S112-SD-v6.0.0 LR S112 SoftDevice v6.0.0 Limited Release
S132-SD-v6.0.0 LR S132 SoftDevice v6.0.0 Limited Release
S140-SD-v6.0.0 LR S140 SoftDevice v6.0.0 Limited Release
S140-SDS-v1.0.0 LR S140 SoftDevice v6.0.0 Specification Limited Release

Application Notes

Code Name Version
nAN24-08 nRF Performance Test Instructions 1.1
nAN24-12 Software examples using ShockBurst modes in nRF24L01 and nRF24LU1 2.1
nAN400-08 QFN Soldering Reflow Guidelines 1.2

White Papers

Code Name Version
nWP-001 Benefits of Total Integration of Large RF Circuits
nWP-005 Introduction to wireless networks
nWP-006 nRF Performance Test Guidelines 1.0
nWP-008 Quarterwave printed monopole antenna for 2.4GHz
nWP-010 Regulatory and Compliance Standards for RF Devices
nWP-011 Sharing crystal with a microcontroller (MCU) 1.1
nWP-013 Tuning the nRF24xx matching network
nWP-015 Crystal Oscillator Design Considerations
nWP-017 Antenna tuning 1.0

Development Kit

Code Name Version
nRF24L01P-EK nRF24L01+ Evaluation kit files