Zigbee

Why Nordic?

For your Zigbee product

Nordic Semiconductor has low power wireless in its DNA. We ship more than one million ICs every day. With more than 40% market share in Bluetooth LE, we are the Bluetooth Low Energy market leader. We used this experience and expanded it to other technologies, like Zigbee. 

Our devices can be a great choice to base your new product platform on. With different sizes and capabilities our SoCs. The devices are similar to one another which enables excellent code portability between devices. This increases your software reusability and can reliably improve your time to market.
Our SoCs can run both Bluetooth Low Energy and Thread/Zigbee/Bluetooth mesh concurrently. The radio time is time-sliced and shared between the protocols. The scheduling is autonomous and maintains connections. A perfect choice for multi-protocol applications.

The nRF52 and nRF53 Series SoCs can be re-programmed in the factory or in the field with over-the-air device firmware upgrades (OTA DFU). This enables product updates and feature additions in the field. 

Our software offering for Zigbee development is the nRF Connect SDK. The nRF Connect SDK is a software development kit for building products based on our nRF52, nRF53 and nRF91 Series wireless devices. It integrates the Zephyr RTOS and a wide range of samples, application protocols, protocol stacks, libraries and hardware drivers. It includes DSR's industry-proven Zigbee 3.0 stack, ZBOSS, optimized for minimal resource usage and high performance. The nRF52840 and the nRF52833 SoC with the nRF Connect SDK are Zigbee compliant platforms, ensuring interoperability according to specification. 

Advanced Zigbee SoCs

The nRF52840 is our Zigbee flagship SoC. It is an advanced and flexible SoC for demanding Ultra-low-power wireless applications.    
It offers generous memory availability for both Flash and RAM, which it needs for demanding applications.

The nRF52840 is multiprotocol capable with full protocol concurrency. It has protocol support for Bluetooth LE,  Zigbee, Bluetooth mesh, Thread,  802.15.4, ANT, and 2.4 GHz proprietary stacks.
The nRF52840 includes a superset of the most prominent nRF52® Series features. The capabilities for  Zigbee, Bluetooth LE, and security features are a great starting point for your application. With high-speed SPI, QSPI, USB, and  Arm Cryptocell 310 it enables ambitious Zigbee products.

Three of the seven SoCs in the nRF52 Series support Zigbee. All integrate a powerful yet efficient 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 CPU. Flash memory size ranges from 256 KB to 1024 KB while RAM size ranges from 32KB to 256 KB. Our nRF52 Series offers simple cost-effective options. It has advanced options and enables your products with top features and ultra-low power.  The nRF52 Series is the ideal platform for basing a product portfolio upon. Similar hardware and software architecture across the series results in excellent software portability. Software reusability gets increased reducing your time-to-market and development cost.


Our SoCs can run Bluetooth Low Energy and a mesh protocol like Thread/Zigbee/Bluetooth mesh concurrently. The radio time is time-sliced and shared between the protocols. The scheduling is autonomous and maintains connections 

  

 

 

The nRF52 and nRF53 Series are all-flash based SoCs. Flash memory brings complete flexibility and upgradability to your products. They can be re-programmed in the factory or in the field with over-the-air device firmware upgrades (OTA DFU). This enables product updates and feature additions any time, anywhere.

Bluetooth Low Energy SoCs

nRF52820 nRF52833 nRF52840 nRF5340 
Wireless protocol Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth mesh
Thread
Zigbee
802.15.4
2.4 GHz proprietary
Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth mesh
Thread
Zigbee
802.15.4
2.4 GHz proprietary
Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth mesh
Thread
Zigbee
802.15.4
2.4 GHz proprietary
 Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth mesh
Thread
Zigbee
802.15.4
2.4 GHz proprietary
NFC   Yes  Yes  Yes
CPU 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M4  64 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU  128 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 
+64 MHz Arm Cortex-M33
Flash 256 KB  512 KB 1 MB  1 MB
RAM 32 KB 128 KB 256 KB 512 KB 
UART/SPI/TWI Yes Yes Yes  Yes
 QDEC Yes Yes Yes

 Yes

 PWM
Yes Yes  Yes
PDM, I2S   Yes Yes  Yes
USB Yes Yes Yes   Yes
 High-speed SPI   Yes Yes Yes
QSPI     Yes  Yes
ADC, Comparator COMP Yes Yes  Yes
Arm CryptoCell     Yes Yes
GPIOs Up to 18  Up to 42 Up to 48  Up to 48
Operating temp -40 to +105°C -40 to +105°C
-40 to +85°C
-40 to +105°C 
Supply range 1.7-5.5 V  1.7-5.5 V 1.7-5.5 V 1.7-5,5V 
Package options QFN  QFN
QFN and WLCSP aQFN