Five leading Japanese ODMs unveil nRF51822 SoC RF modules

Five leading Japanese ODMs unveil nRF51822 SoC RF modules

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By eeNews Europe

Nordic Semiconductor is demonstrating RF modules developed by leading Japanese ODMs Braveridge, Fujitsu Component, Hosiden Corporation, SMK, and Taiyo Yuden. The modules are based on Nordic’s nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy and 2.4 GHz proprietary System-on-Chip (SoC) and are supplied complete with Nordic’s verified and qualified Bluetooth low energy Soft Device. The Soft Device is separated from the application code allowing the developer to rapidly create novel applications safe in the knowledge that the RF protocol software can’t be corrupted and is already Bluetooth v4.0- and RF-approved.

"At the exhibition Nordic is keen to demonstrate how Bluetooth low energy and ANT devices, such as the nRF51 Series-based RF module, provide companies with the flexibility to adopt an ‘app/service’-driven business model," explains Mitsuo Yamazaki, Nordic Semiconductor’s Regional Sales Manager for Japan. "Companies can take the RF module — manufactured by third parties and supplied complete with a tested and qualified Bluetooth low energy ‘Soft Device’ stack — and then add their own software profile and application code to develop appcessories which will link seamlessly to iOS and Android smartphones. The release of the RF modules allows many new and lightly-resourced companies to enter this market without needing any previous RF and electronics hardware experience."

Nordic’s silicon solutions, reference designs, and sample applications provide designers with an ideal starting point and ready-built design framework to accelerate development of Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ applications teamed with accessories (‘appcessories’). These appcessories — which take advantage of assured wireless connectivity to a wide range of smartphones and tablet computers­­ – will also form a major theme of the booth.

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