OSLO, Norway, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist
Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces its new nRF51
Series of ULP 2.4GHzRF integrated circuits (ICs).
The first two ICs to debut in the nRF51 Series are the nRF51822, a
multi-protocol Bluetooth(R) low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF
System-on-Chip (SoC), and the nRF51422, the world's first ANT(TM) /
These Flash-based devices share a new higher performance, lower power
2.4GHz multi-protocol radio, and a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor
that 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.
Nordic's novel software architecture for Bluetooth low energy and ANTSoC
solutions also 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
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 removes the need for
developers 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 risks associated with
integrating application and stack code significantly reduced.
With the launch of the Nordic Semiconductor nRF51 Series, developing
applications employing one of the three main ULP wireless technologies
- Bluetooth low energy, ANT / ANT+, and 2.4GHz proprietary RF - has
never been more straightforward or accessible to the widest possible
range of developers.
"We have worked closely with our most trusted customers for several
years on the nRF51 Series," comments Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of
Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor. "Our new multi-protocol
radio combined with the ARM Cortex-M0 based processor not only slashes
power consumption, but also significantly improves performance,
available processing power, and extends the range of applications
covered. We have also taken a completely novel approach with our
software architecture that accelerates product development and lowers
risks by offering developers unprecedented flexibility, ease-of-use,
and code safety."
General availability is scheduled for early September 2012 and mass
production is scheduled for Q4 2012.
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