nRF52811System on Chip

Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding SoC

The nRF52811 is a Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding SoC with comprehensive protocol support. It is the 4th addition to the nRF52 Series platform, extending the numerous applications and use cases already covered by the platform.

The nRF52811 SoC is capable of the latest and greatest features of Bluetooth 5.1, the most prominent being Direction Finding, taking Bluetooth positioning to new heights.

It is built around a 64 MHz Arm® Cortex™-M4 CPU, and has a range of digital peripherals and interfaces such as PDM, PWM, UART, SPI and TWI. It also has a capable 12-bit ADC. Exceptionally low energy consumption is achieved using a sophisticated on-chip adaptive power management system.

The radio in the nRF52811 SoC has comprehensive protocol capabilities, including Bluetooth 5.1 Directing Finding, all Bluetooth 5 features, 802.15.4, Thread, Zigbee, ANT and 2.4 GHz proprietary. It has 4 dBm TX power and has been optimized to offer the best RX sensitivity of all SoCs in the nRF52 Series:

  • Bluetooth LE - Long Range: -104 dBm
  • Bluetooth LE - 1 Mbps: -97 dBm
  • 802.15.4 (Thread/Zigbee): -101 dBm

The nRF52811 SoC is currently supported by nRF5 SDK v15.3.0 and SoftDevice S112, providing examples, libraries and drivers to get started. The full capabilities of the SoC, including Bluetooth 5.1 Direction Finding, Bluetooth 5 Long Range, 802.15.4, Thread and Zigbee, will be made available through software releases during 2019.

The nRF52840 DK is the recommend development kit, it emulates the nRF52811, and can be used as a starting point for development before moving over to a custom board. Please note that this development kit does not support Bluetooth Direction Finding.

The nRF52811 SoC comes in our smallest package, a 2.48x2.46 mm WLCSP package, together with two QFN packages. It is drop-in compatible with the nRF52810 SoC in all package variants:

  • 6x6 mm QFN48 with 32 GPIOs
  • 5x5 mm QFN32 with 17 GPIOs
  • 2.48x2.46 mm WLCSP32 with 15 GPIOs

Download PDFDownload nRF52811 SoC product brief [PDF]

Download zip fileDownload nRF52811 QxAA Reference Layout v1.0 [ZIP]

Download zip fileDownload nRF52811 CAAA Reference Layout v1.0 [ZIP]


Key Features
Bluetooth 5.1
Direction Finding
Bluetooth 5
2 Mbps + Long Range
Thread and Zigbee
192 KB
24 KB
-97 dBm

nRF52 Series is Bluetooth 5

Feature overview

Bluetooth 5  nRF52810 nRF52811
nRF52832  nRF52840 
2 Mbps Yes Yes Yes Yes
CSA #2 Yes  Yes Yes Yes
Advertising Extensions Yes *) Yes Yes
Long Range
Yes *)

Yes *) Software support planned


Compatible with nRF52811

S112: Bluetooth 5 qualified

The S112 is a size-optimized Bluetooth 5 protocol stack for the nRF52810, nRF52811 and nRF52832 SoCs.

2 Mbps, 1 Mbps

CSA #2

4 concurrent links as a Peripheral

with Broadcaster

Configurable number of connections and properties

LE Secure Connections

Privacy 1.2

Configurable ATT Table

Configurable ATT MTU
Custom UUID support
Support for concurrent multiprotocol with Bluetooth mesh and 2.4 GHz proprietary protocols



Relevant SDKs

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The Bluetooth and ANT Software Development Kit

The nRF5 SDK is a high quality, thoroughly tested Software Development Kit to accelerate your software development efforts for the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 and nRF51 SoC Series. It contains hundreds of useful firmware modules and examples to assist in building your application.

nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee

nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee is a complete solution  for building Thread 1.1 and Zigbee 3.0 certified products. It utilizes the the multiprotocol capabilities of the nRF52840 wireless SoC. This enables single-chip application development supporting both Bluetooth LE and Thread or Zigbee, concurrently. It also has limited support for the nRF52811.

Development kits

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nRF52840 DK

The nRF52840 DK is a Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh, Thread and Zigbee development kit for the nRF52811 and nRF52840 SoCs.

Power Profiler Kit

The Power Profiler Kit is an easy to use tool for measurement and optimization of power consumption for embedded solutions.

Related Applications

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