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02-26-2016

Nordic nRF52832, the most advanced Bluetooth Smart single chip on the market today, goes into mass production with new previously unannounced features

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The Bluetooth v4.2 certified nRF52832 is the first of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52 Series Systems-on-Chip and is supported by a full range of development kits, software, and documentation, now fully finalized from the previous Beta versions and immediately available for download from the Nordic website

Nordic - nRF52832

Nordic Semiconductor announces that the first nRF52832 member of its latest nRF52 Series Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) – the most advanced Bluetooth® Smart single-chip available on the market today – is now entering mass production and includes a range of new, previously unannounced features.

The mass production version of the nRF52832 is certified to the latest Bluetooth v4.2 of the Bluetooth specification and the Bluetooth software stack includes a new ‘LE Secure Connections’ capability that supports encrypted wireless communications. Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) security has also been further enhanced. In addition, there is a new flexible RAM scheme that allows developers to optimize how much memory is used by the software stack for any given configuration, and also concurrent multi Master-Slave network support. The latter feature allows, for example, a device such as smartwatch to act as both a hub to other wireless sensors and as a wireless peripheral to a smartphone at the same time.

Nordic - nRF52832

As previously announced, no competing solution comes near to offering the nRF52832’s combination of features and performance that marry barrier-breaking performance to power efficiency, offer new levels of design flexibility, and include a unique on-chip NFC™ tag for consumer-friendly Touch-to-Pair.

In summary, the nRF52832 features a category-first 64 MHz ARM Cortex-M4F processor, a best-in-class ultra high performance, low power 2.4 GHz multi-protocol radio, and fully automatic power optimization. Achieving a EEMBC 215 CoreMark the nRF52832 delivers up to 60% more generic processing power than competing solutions and thanks to its ARM Cortex-M4F up to an additional 10X the Floating Point and 2X the DSP performance. And at 58 CoreMark/mA the nRF52832 is up to 2X as power efficient as competing solutions as well.

Development kit for nRF52832 SoC 
Development kit for nRF52832 SoC.

The nRF52832 also includes a full range of on-chip analog and digital peripherals for glueless interfacing to external components such as sensors, displays, touch controllers, LEDs, keypads, motors, digital microphones, and audio Codecs. This makes it an ideal single-chip solution for wearables, human interface devices such as remote controllers, toys, smart home devices and appliances, and wireless charging.

Packaging options

Packaging options include a 48-pin 6 × 6 mm QFN and a 3.0 × 3.2 mm CSP that will be available later in 2016.

Availability

The nRF52832 is available for volume ordering now.

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