Wireless solutions with flexible connectivity options

Get the best of two worlds - Combine and leverage

The benefits of wireless connectivity with multiprotocol are many and varied: It delivers a better user experience, different protocols offer complementary strengths when used together and developers can design once and use in multiple regions, and field upgrades can be supported.

All Nordic software and hardware supports multiple wireless connectivity protocols to allow for the ultimate flexibility in your design. Create one device that can connect to multiple protocols, or a device that can be configured to different protocols.

Multiprotocol demo video

Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy

nRF5 SDK for Thread: Thread/Bluetooth Low Energy multiprotocol demo

Dynamic multiprotocol illustration

Multiprotocol support

Compatability table

While Nordic SoCs support multiprotocol, there are limitations of the individual
technologies. Take a look at the table below to check your compatibility options.

  Bluetooth Low Energy ZigBee Thread 802.15.4 Proprietary
Bluetooth Low Energy YES * YES YES YES YES
802.15.4 YES YES YES N/A YES
Proprietary YES YES YES YES YES 

* Multirole, 20 concurrent roles / connections (19 links and a scanner or broadcaster).

The complete multiprotocol solution. Fast switching radio and complementary software

Nordic provides the complete multiprotocol solution. The nRF52 Series are all-flash based SoCs with extensive processing power and a fast switching radio that are capable of running multiple protocols effortlessly. The SoCs are complemented by a broad suite of software that supports a wide selection of protocols.

Our solution enables you to run Bluetooth Low Energy concurrently with a 2.4 GHz proprietary, ANT, Bluetooth mesh, Thread or Zigbee.
Examples to get you going can be found in the respective SDKs.

Read more about our software solutions here.

nRF52 and nRF53 Series protocol capabilities

  nRF52805  nRF52810  nRF52811 nRF52820  nRF52832  nRF52833
nRF52840 nRF5340
Bluetooth Low Energy  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x
Bluetooth Direction Finding
     x  x    x    x
Bluetooth mesh        x  x  x  x  x
Thread      x  x    x  x  x
 x    x  x  x
ANT    x      x    x  x
2.4 GHz proprietary  x  x  x  x  x  x  x  x