OSLO, Norway, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist
Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces the immediate
availability of the S120 8-link central protocol stack and the nRF51
Wireless Charging SDK for wireless charging applications based on the
Rezence™ standard, developed and maintained by the Alliance for
Wireless Power (A4WP).
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Rezence is a wireless power transfer technology and specification based
on the principles of magnetic resonance. Embracing the concept of
spatial freedom, Rezence extends wireless power applications "beyond
the mat" and accessories market into almost any mobile device or
The S120 is an 8-link central role Bluetooth® low energy SoftDevice for the nRF51822 SoC. The nRF51 Wireless Charging
SDK includes services/profiles for a Rezence Power Transmitting Unit
(PTU) and Power Receiving Unit (PRU) as well as state machine examples.
S120 together with the nRF51 Wireless Charging SDK provides a solution
for the Out-of-Band (OOB) signaling part of a Rezence charge pad. With
the support for 8-link concurrent link, a Charge pad based on nRF51822
/ S120 can support simultaneous charging of up to 8 devices. The
existing S110 peripheral role Bluetooth low energy SoftDevice combined with the SDK provides the same solution
for a Rezence rechargeable device.
Unlike older technologies, Rezence uses the principles of magnetic
resonance, which brings a number of unique benefits to the wireless
charging ecosystem. Bluetooth smart has been chosen by Rezence as the technology for Out Of Band
(OOB) charging management functions for Rezence applications.
Rezence technology will be used to turn almost any surface into a
wireless charging surface capable of powering any Rezence enabled
mobile device. This includes retail environments, airports,
automobiles, and home and office furniture. Rezence technology will
also be integrated into other devices such as laptops and portable
chargers, creating world's first truly mobile wireless charging power
The S120 SoftDevice includes all Bluetooth low energy protocol layers up to and including GATT/GAP. It supports
multi-link central and observer roles, GATT server and client, and
event driven, asynchronous and thread safe GATT/GAP and L2CAP APIs.
S120's ability to support 8 simultaneous links makes it an ideal choice
for Bluetooth low energy hubs that are not smartphones or tablets. The S120 is
delivered as a SoftDevice for Nordic`s nRF51 Series ICs and as such it
is a pre-compiled binary with no link time dependencies to application
code, conveniently available as a download for customer use.
S120 is complimented by the nRF51 SDK. The nRF51 SDK offers a wide range
of Bluetooth low energy services/profile and also complete examples to simplify and
speed up application development. The current nRF51 SDK also takes
advantage of the nRF51 series flash-based architecture and offers
developers a wide range of features and examples such as Over-The-Air
Device Firmware Upgrade (OTA DFU).
Engineering build of S120 and an updated nRF51 SDK is available today as
a download for existing customers of nRF51822. A Bluetooth 4.1 qualified production builds of S120 will be available Q1 2014.
The nRF51 Wireless Charging SDK is available today on a limited basis to
lead customers. Please contact Nordic Semiconductor sales for more
"The Rezence standard for wireless charging represents one of the most
exciting recent developments in consumer electronics. The ability to
wirelessly charge our personal electronic products with spatial freedom
is clearly very attractive and will become even more so as wearable
products we use every day become more commonplace. This technology will
likely open the door to a wide range of charging pad products and will
lead to many consumer products also becoming Rezence compatible. As a
leading Bluetooth smart silicon provider, Nordic is excited by the choice of Bluetooth low energy as the Out-of-Band signaling technology for Rezence
products. Nordic now offers the necessary solutions to get developers
started on building new products for this standard," comments Geir
Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Sales & Marketing.
"With the S120 8-link Bluetooth low energy central role SoftDevice for the nRF51822 and a dedicated
nRF51 Wireless Charging SDK, Nordic continues to offer customers the
necessary tools for both hardware and software solutions for their end
products. The combination of the S120, S110, SDKs and the nRF51822 SoC
now offers developers an early opportunity to begin product development
for this exciting market opportunity for wireless charging and the
Rezence™ standard," continues Langeland.
About Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth Smart, and Bluetooth Smart Ready
About Rezence and the Alliance for Wireless Power
About Nordic Semiconductor ASA
SOURCE: Nordic Semiconductor
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