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About nRF8001


The nRF8001 is a Bluetooth® low energy Single-Chip-Connectivity solution. The chip is fully compliant with Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 (which includes Bluetooth low energy as a hallmark feature). The device is a member of Nordic’s µBlue™ family and integrates a complete Bluetooth v4.0 low energy Radio, Link Layer, and Host stack supporting Peripheral (Slave) role operation, and features a simple serial interface supporting external microcontrollers of a designer's own choosing given the individual requirements of their application.


The nRF8001 is also the first fully qualified Bluetooth v4.0 low energy design to combine the Radio, Link Layer, and Host into one End Product Listing (EPL), enabling designers to easily create new Bluetooth end products without any additional listing fees.


This ultra-low power (ULP) design features sub 12.5mA peak currents and connected mode average currents as low as sub 12µA (for 1s connection intervals) – making it the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth low energy solution. Depending on the duty cycle of the application, battery life in coin cell battery-powered wireless devices can extend to years.


The nRF8001 integrates a unique low tolerance 32kHz RC oscillator that eliminates the need for external 32kHz crystals, a 16MHz crystal oscillator supporting low cost 16MHz crystals, plus an on-chip linear voltage regulator that provides a supply range of 1.9 to 3.6V as an alternative to its integrated DC/DC regulator. The chip is supplied in a compact 5x5mm, 32-pin QFN package.


The chip is built on Nordic’s latest class-leading ULP 2.4GHz radio technology and delivers best-in-class sensitivity and blocking performance. Combined with the robust adaptive frequency hopping of Bluetooth low energy, the nRF8001 will provide excellent co-existence performance in the presence of other 2.4GHz radios such as Wi-Fi and Classic Bluetooth (Bluetooth v3.0 and earlier versions). The nRF8001 is ideal for applications like watches, mobile phone peripherals, remote controls, and sensors.

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