About Nordic Semiconductor

Nordic Semiconductor is a Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specializing in wireless communication technology that powers the Internet of Things (IoT). Nordic was established in 1983 and has more than 1300 employees across the globe. The company pioneered ultra-low power (coin cell-powered) wireless from the early 2000s, and helped develop Bluetooth Low Energy, a rapidly growing, multi-vendor, short-range wireless technology widely adopted in the computer, gaming, wellbeing, mobile, consumer, healthcare, and automation sectors. Technology range was later supplemented by ANT+, Thread and Zigbee, and in 2018 Nordic launched low power, compact LTE-M/NB-IoT cellular IoT solutions to extend the penetration of the IoT. The Nordic portfolio was further complemented by Wi-Fi technology in 2021.

Nordic built its market reputation by supplying leading-edge wireless technologies supported by development tools that shield the designer from RF complexity, allowing anyone with a bright idea to build innovations based on the IoT platform. It is an approach the company has extended also to its cellular IoT products - a low power wide area network solution, four years in development, based on NarrowBand IoT and LTE Cat M1 specifications - that leverages established 4G and 5G cellular infrastructure to dramatically multiply the penetration of the IoT.

Today, the company’s award-winning, high-performance, yet easy to design-in, Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy solutions are used by the world’s leading brands in a variety of products, including wireless PC peripherals, gaming, sports and fitness, mobile phone accessories, consumer electronics, toys, healthcare and automation. Nordic also offers proven products for other mature and up-and-coming wireless technologies—that will be ubiquitous in tomorrow’s smart homes, offices, and factories—including ANT+, Thread, Zigbee, and other 2.4-GHz protocols. Nordic is a member of the ANT+ Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, Thread Group, Connectivity Standard Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, and GSMA.

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Low Power Cellular

Low Power Wi-Fi

The nRF9160 is a compact, highly integrated System-in-Package (SiP) that makes the latest low power LTE technology and advanced processing and security accessible, and easy to use, for a wide range of single device low power cellular IoT (cIoT) designs.

The nRF9160 DK is an affordable, pre-certified single-board development kit for evaluation and development on the nRF9160 SiP for LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS. It also includes an nRF52840 board controller that for example can be used to build a Bluetooth Low Energy gateway.

The Nordic Thingy:91 is an easy-to-use battery-operated prototyping platform for cellular IoT using LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS. It is ideal for creating Proof-of-Concept (PoC), demos and initial prototypes in your cIoT development phase.

The nRF7002 is a companion IC, providing seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi-based locationing (SSID sniffing of local Wi-Fi hubs). It is designed to be used alongside Nordic’s existing nRF52® and nRF53® Series Bluetooth Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), and nRF91® Series cellular IoT Systems-in-Package (SiPs). The nRF7002 can also be used in conjunction with non-Nordic host devices.

The nRF7001 is a highly integrated Wi-Fi 6 companion IC, providing seamless connectivity and SSID-based Wi-Fi locationing while focusing exclusively on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. With low power consumption, extended battery life, and advanced security features to protect user data it is similar to the nRF7002, with the difference being that the nRF7001 does not offer dual-band functionality (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz). The nRF7001 is a cost-efficient yet powerful solution for adding the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology to products. This allows products to benefit from high speeds, improved range, and greater reliability offered by the latest Wi-Fi standard.

The nRF7002 DK is the development kit for the nRF7002 Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC. It contains everything needed to get started developing on a single board. The DK features an nRF5340 multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) as a host processor for the nRF7002.

Bluetooth Low Energy

Bluetooth Low Energy

The nRF5340 is the world’s first wireless SoC with two Arm® Cortex®-M33 processors. It is truly secure, and the combination of two flexible processors, the advanced feature set, and an operating temperature of up to 105 °C, make it the ideal choice for professional lighting, advanced wearables, and other complex IoT applications.

The nRF5340 DK is the development kit for the nRF5340 SoC, containing everything needed to get started with development, on a single board. The DK supports development with an extensive range of wireless protocols.

The nRF5340 Audio Development Kit (DK) is the recommended platform for Bluetooth “LE Audio” products and contains everything needed to start development. The kit is configurable and can function as a USB dongle to send or receive audio data from a PC. It can also function as a Business Headset a broadcast receiver or a True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Earbud. For most use-cases, we recommend using two or more DKs.

The Nordic Thingy:53 is the rapid prototyping platform, based on the nRF5340 System-on-Chip (SoC), Nordic´s current flagship dual-core wireless SoC. With integrated sensors for motion, sound, light and environmental factors, it is the perfect platform for building proof-of-concepts and developing new prototypes in a very short time.

The Thingy:53 is an open source device. You will find the software codes and hardware design files here

The nRF52840 is an advanced, highly flexible single chip solution for today’s increasingly demanding ULP wireless applications for connected devices on our person, connected living environments and the IoT at large.

The nRF52833 is an ultra-low-power multiprotocol SoC qualified for operation at an extended temperature range of -40° C to 105° C. Its feature set fulfills the requirements of professional lighting, advanced wearables, and higher value IoT applications. It supports Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, 802.15.4, Thread, Zigbee, and proprietary 2.4 GHz protocols.

The nRF52832 is a general-purpose multiprotocol SoC. It meets the challenges of a broad range of applications that need advanced Bluetooth® LE features, protocol concurrency and a rich and varied set of peripherals and features.

The nRF52820 System-on-Chip (SoC) is the 6th addition to the industry-leading nRF52® Series. It augments the already extensive collection of wireless SoCs with a lower-end option with built-in USB and a fully-featured multiprotocol radio.

The nRF52811 SoC is the 4th addition to the nRF52 Series, and adds capabilities for Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) Direction Finding. Direction Finding enables positioning solutions to not only rely on received signal strength indicator (RSSI), but also the actual direction of a signal.

The nRF52810 is one of the baseline members of the nRF52 Series. It is a cost-effective and high-performance Bluetooth 5.3 SoC, with more available GPIOs and packaging options as compared to the nRF52805. It completes our lineup of Bluetooth 5.3 devices that collectively offer the full spectrum of possibilities when designing Bluetooth® Low Energy connectivity into your products.

The nRF52805 System-on-Chip (SoC) is the BEST SOC in the industry-leading nRF52® Series. It augments the already extensive collection of wireless SoCs with an SoC in a WLCSP optimized for small two-layer PCB designs, ideal for cost-constrained applications.

The nRF52 DK is a development kit that includes hardware, firmware source code, documentation, hardware schematics, and layout files. This kit can be used for developing for either the nRF52832 or nRF52810 SoCs. The content of the kit is the nRF52 DK, a CR2032 battery and a NFC antenna.

The nRF52833 DK is an affordable single-board development kit for Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE), Bluetooth® mesh, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4 and 2.4 GHz proprietary applications using the nRF52833 multi-protocol SoC. It also supports development for the nRF52820 SoC. The kit is hardware compatible with the Arduino Uno Rev3 standard, making it possible to use a wide range of 3rd-party shields that are compatible with this standard, including the Power Profiler Kit or Power Profiler Kit II from Nordic Semiconductor.

The nRF52840 DK is a development kit including hardware, firmware source code, documentation, hardware schematics, and layout files. This kit can be used for developing for either the nRF52840 or nRF52811 System on Chip (SoC)s.

The nRF52840 Dongle (PCA10059) is the preferred hardware to be used with the nRF Connect for Desktop software package to develop and test your nRF-based wireless solutions. The hardware supports all the short range wireless standards available on the nRF52 family of devices, and the built-in USB device controller provides a high data throughput communication interface.

Range Extender

Power Management

The nRF21540 is an RF front end module (FEM) that improves range and connection robustness for Nordic Semiconductor's shortrange wireless portfolio. As a complementary device, the nRF21540 is a "plug and play" range extender, which offers enhanced link robustness using an integrated low-noise-amplifier.

The nRF21540 DB consists of the nRF21540 development kit (DK) and the nRF21540 evaluation kit (EK). The nRF21540 DK is the perfect tool to develop products that require the range extension capabilities or link budget improvements provided by the nRF21540 RF front-end module (FEM). The nRF21540 EK can connect to lab equipment via SMA connectors to monitor the RF FEM’s performance.

​​​​​​The nPM1300 is designed to provide highly efficient power regulation for Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 Series System-on-Chips (SoCs), supporting wireless protocols such as Bluetooth Low Energy, LE Audio, Bluetooth mesh, Thread and Zigbee. It is ideal for compact and advanced IoT products such as advanced wearables and portable medical applications. The nPM1300 PMIC simplifies system design by integrating essential functions required for embedded Bluetooth Low Energy designs into one small package, enabling longer run times and efficient battery charging with fewer components.

The nPM1300 Evaluation Kit allows for simple evaluation and code-free configuration of the nPM1300 Power Management IC (PMIC). By connecting to the nPM PowerUP app found in nRF Connect for Desktop, all settings of the nPM1300 can easily be configured through an intuitive GUI and exported as code to be implemented in your MCUs application.

The nPM1100 is a dedicated power management IC (PMIC) with dual-mode configurable buck regulator and integrated battery charger. It is designed as a complementary component to Nordic’s nRF52 and nRF53 Series SoCs to ensure reliable power delivery and stable operation, whilst maximizing battery life through high efficiency and low quiescent currents.

The nPM1100 Evaluation Kit (EK) is a tool for evaluating the nPM1100 and its features in your application. The kit features switches for all selectable settings, buttons to enter and exit ship mode and connectors for batteries, USB and headers for all pins on the PMIC.  

Power Measurement Tool

The Power Profiler Kit II is a standalone unit for measuring and optionally supplying all Nordic development boards and additional hardware. It enables easy and affordable power measurements for wireless product development on all Nordic DKs, in addition to aforementioned external hardware.

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