nRF5340 PDK Preview development kit

Preview development kit for the nRF5340, a dual-core Bluetooth 5.2 SoC supporting Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, Thread and Zigbee

The nRF5340 Preview Development Kit (PDK) has been replaced by the nRF5340 DK.

The nRF5340 PDK is the preview development kit for the nRF5340 SoC, containing everything needed to get started with development, on a single board.

The PDK supports development with an extensive range of wireless protocols. It supports Bluetooth® Low Energy, including the Long Range and high-speed 2 Mbps features. Mesh protocols like Bluetooth mesh, Thread and Zigbee can be run concurrently with Bluetooth LE, enabling smart phones to provision, commission, configure and control mesh nodes. NFC, ANT, 802.15.4 and 2.4 GHz proprietary protocols are also supported.

The PDK is bundled with an NFC antenna that quickly enables testing of nRF5340’s NFC-A tag peripheral. A SEGGER J-Link debugger is on the board, enabling full-blown programming and debugging, of both the nRF5340 SoC and external targets.

All analog and digital interfaces, and GPIOs are available via headers and edge connectors. The kit is Arduino Uno Rev3 hardware compatible, meaning it can be easily interfaced with external device shields, including the Power Profiler Kit.

Four buttons and four LEDs simplify input and output to and from the nRF5340 SoC, they are all user-programmable. An on-board external memory is connected to the 96 MHz QSPI peripheral in the nRF5340 SoC.

The PDK 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 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.

The nRF Connect SDK is the software development kit for the nRF5340 SoC, and it has board support for the nRF5340 PDK. It offers a complete solution integrating the Zephyr RTOS, protocol stacks, application samples and hardware drivers. 

Hardware layout and schematics for the nRF5340 PDK are available under Downloads.

Download PDF Download nRF5340 PDK product brief [PDF]

Key features

Supports Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, NFC, 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

Connect and test

the nRF5340 PDK

  1. Use a micro USB 2.0 cable to connect the nRF5340 PDK to one of your PC's USB host ports. This provides power to the board and supports target programming.
  2. If you plan to use NFC, connect the NFC antenna to the board. The connector is marked "NFC" and located on the edge of the board near the 4 buttons.
  3. Flip the power switch to "on". Find it near the micro USB connector. If a popup appears, ignore it for now.
  4. Confirm that LED 1 has started pulsating.
  5. Use buttons 1 to 4 to control which LED is pulsating.

Next steps

Follow the instructions in the nRF53 Series: Developing with nRF Connect SDK Getting Started Guide to develop your own application. Start by running a first test with the following precompiled demo application:


Watch and learn

Introducing the nRF5340 PDK