nRF52840 DKDevelopment kit

Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, Thread and Zigbee development kit for the nRF52840 SoC

The nRF52840 DK is a versatile single-board development kit for Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4, ANT and 2.4 GHz proprietary applications on the nRF52840 SoC. It also supports development on the nRF52811 SoC.

The nRF52840 DK can also be used for Matter over Thread where Thread is used for transport and Bluetooth LE for commissioning. Matter devices based on Thread are required to feature Bluetooth LE concurrently to enable adding new devices to a network.

It facilitates development by exploiting all features of the nRF52840 SoC. It includes an NFC antenna that quickly enables utilization of the NFC-A tag peripheral. All GPIOs are available via edge connectors and headers, and 4 buttons and 4 LEDs simplify input and output to and from the SoC. An on-board external memory is connected to the QSPI peripheral in the nRF52840 SoC.

It is Arduino Uno Revision 3 compatible, making it possible to mount 3rd-party shields with ease. It comes with an on-board SEGGER J-Link debugger allowing programming and debugging both the on-board SoC and external targets through the debug out header. It also interfaces directly with the Power Profiler Kit II.

The DK is typically powered with USB, but can be powered by a wide range of sources, within the supply range of 1.7 to 5.0 V. In addition to USB, it can be powered with an external source, but also includes a CR2032 battery holder and a Li-Po battery connector, for in-field testing. Current consumption can be measured by using the dedicated current measurement pins.

Hardware layout and schematics for the nRF52840 DK are available under Downloads.

Download nRF52840 DK product brief [PDF]

Key features

Supports Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, Matter, Thread and Zigbee

User-programmable LEDs(4) and buttons(4)

2.4 GHz and NFC antennas

SWF RF connector for direct RF measurements

On-board SEGGER J-Link debugger/programmer

Arduino Uno Rev3 form factor

Pins for measuring power consumption

1.7-5.0 V supply from USB, external, Li-Po battery or CR2032 coin cell battery

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Develop

with the nRF52811 and nRF52840 SoCs

nRF52811 SoC

Bluetooth 5.3 SoC supporting Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth Direction Finding and Thread

64 MHz Cortex-M4
192 KB Flash, 24 KB RAM
2.4 GHz transceiver
2 Mbps, 1 Mbps, Long Range
Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth Direction Finding
Thread
+4 dBm TX power
128-bit AES

UART, SPI, TWI, PDM  
PWM
12-bit ADC

nRF52840 SoC

Bluetooth 5.3 SoC supporting Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, Thread and Zigbee

64 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU
1 MB Flash, 256 KB RAM
2 Mbps, 1 Mbps, Long Range
Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth mesh
Thread, Zigbee
+8 dBm TX Power
128-bit AES CCM, Arm CryptoCell-310
UART, SPI, TWI, PDM, I2S, QSPI, PWM
12-bit ADC
NFC
USB 2.0

Software Development Kit

nRF Connect SDK

nRF Connect SDK is a common software development kit for cellular IoT, Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, Matter, Thread and Zigbee. It supports the nRF9160 SiP, the nRF5340 SoC and all nRF52 Series SoCs.

 

Development tools

Test and verify

Measure current

With ease

Power Profiler Kit II

The Power Profiler Kit II is an easy-to-use tool for measuring and optimizing power consumption for embedded solutions.

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