The first two ICs to debut in the nRF51 Series are the nRF51822, a multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF SoC, and the nRF51422, the world’s first ANT / ANT+ SoC. These devices share a new higher performance, lower power 2.4GHz multi-protocol radio and a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor. These enhancements deliver up to 50% lower power consumption, RF link budget improvements of up to 9.5dB, and over 10x more processing power compared to Nordic's previous generation of ULP wireless ICs - redefining class-leading industry benchmarks
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announces the first members of its new nRF51 Series of ultra-low power (ULP) RF integrated circuits (ICs) that feature a new multi-protocol 2.4GHz radio and a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor. Nordic’s novel software architecture for Bluetooth low energy and ANT System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions frees designers from the integration effort, complexities, and restrictions of chip vendor-supplied software frameworks and instead allows customers to develop their designs quickly and easily using the highly popular and familiar ARM Cortex programming environment.
This major benefit is achieved by using a new and novel software architecture featuring a unique and powerful separation between protocol stack and user application code. This separation provides developers a clean boundary between application and protocol stack, and removes the need to struggle with integration of application code as part of a vendor-imposed application development framework. Code development is now greatly simplified and accelerated and at the same time risks associated with integration of application and stack code are significantly reduced. Customers can expect lower bug rates and improved robustness for their applications.
With the launch of the Nordic Semiconductor nRF51 Series, developing applications based on class-leading devices from any of the three main ULP wireless sub-categories – Bluetooth low energy, ANT / ANT+, and 2.4GHz proprietary RF – has never been so straightforward or accessible to the widest possible range of developers.
The first two Flash-based ICs to debut in the new nRF51 Series (see 'About the nRF51 Series' below) are the nRF51822 multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF SoC (see 'About the nRF51822' below), and the nRF51422 – the world’s first ANT SoC (see 'About the nRF51422' below).
About the nRF51 Series
The new multi-protocol 2.4GHz radio provides an unprecedented combination of high-performance, ultra low power consumption, and flexibility.
Key features and benefits of the radio include:
The nRF51 series SoC architecture is designed specifically to minimize average current consumption and enable single chip implementations of a wide range of wireless applications.
Key features and benefits of the architecture include:
The nRF51 series software architecture features a unique and powerful separation between protocol stack and user application code providing application developers maximum flexibility, ease-of-development, and code safety.
All nRF51 Series ICs are code-compatible and groups of ICs will be pin-compatible enabling developers to keep and maintain a single code base that can be used and re-used across a range of different projects. Pin compatible ICs enable developers to both re-use hardware designs for different projects and migrate easily from one IC to another during development, prototyping, and production.
nRF51822 and nRF51422 are sampling to lead customers now. General availability is scheduled for early September 2012 and mass production is scheduled for Q4 2012.
Nordic will continue to introduce additional ICs and protocol stacks for the nRF51 Series expanding customer’s choices of memory size, package types, serial interfaces, mixed signal peripherals, and wireless connectivity.
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