Nordic is collaborating with Amazon to ensure it can offer customers development support for Nordic’s Bluetooth LE solutions when used with Amazon Sidewalk technology.
Nordic is the leading Bluetooth LE company (based on Bluetooth LE end-product certifications*). By teaming with Amazon, Nordic makes it easier for its huge customer base to access the benefits of Amazon Sidewalk and its associated ecosystem. Amazon Sidewalk will particularly benefit Bluetooth LE applications for the smart home and asset tracking – strategic market sectors for Nordic and thousands of its Bluetooth LE customers.
Nordic’s support for Amazon Sidewalk follows on from the company’s cooperation with Amazon Common Software (ACS), a platform to help accelerate the development of smart home and other wireless products. Nordic Semiconductor intends to provide and maintain a Device Porting Kit (DPK) for its wireless chips that allows them to be easily and natively integrated into ACS as one of its reference platforms.
“Our secure, high performance, low power consumption nRF52 Series and newly released nRF53 Series SoCs have made Nordic a leader in the supply of short-range wireless technology for the smart home and related applications such as asset tracking,” says Kjetil Holstad, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor. “Now, by cooperating with both Amazon Sidewalk and ACS, we will be able to help our customers build smart home products that will bring even greater convenience, flexibility and safety to consumers.”
Nordic’s nRF52840 System-on-Chip (SoC) is Bluetooth 5-, Thread 1.1-, and Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy specification-certified and its Dynamic Multiprotocol feature uniquely supports concurrent wireless connectivity of the protocols in smart home applications. The SoC combines a 64MHz, 32-bit Arm® Cortex® M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU) and a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, 1MB Flash memory and 256kB RAM. The SoC incorporates an Arm CryptoCell™-310 cryptographic accelerator and is supplied with Nordic’s S140 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certified software protocol stack for building long range and high data Bluetooth LE applications. OpenThread and Zigbee stacks are available through Nordic’s nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee.
The Nordic nRF5340 SoC is based around dual Arm® Cortex®-M33 processors; a high performance application processor running up to 128 MHz (510 CoreMark) with dedicated 1 MB Flash and 512 KB RAM, and a fully programmable, ultra low power network processor running at 64 MHz (238 CoreMark) with dedicated 256 KB Flash and 64 KB RAM. The SoC features enhanced dynamic multiprotocol support enabling concurrent Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth mesh/Thread/Zigbee operation for provisioning/commissioning and interaction with a mesh network. It incorporates Arm CryptoCell-312, Arm TrustZone® technology, and Secure Key Storage for the highest level of security. The nRF5340’s nRF Connect SDK integrates the Zephyr RTOS, a Bluetooth LE protocol stack, application examples, and hardware drivers.
*Source: DNB Markets