Nordic Semiconductor ASA has debuted its nRF51 Series of ULP 2.4GHzRF integrated circuits (ICs), built on an ARM Cortex processor.
The first two ICs to launch in the nRF51 Series are the nRF51822, a multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF System-on-Chip (SoC), and the nRF51422, the world's first ANT / ANT+ SoC.
These Flash-based devices share a 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, the company explained.
Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor commented: "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 fourth quarter 2012.