Battery-powered evaluation enables engineers to test wireless accessory and sensor applications

September 10, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced a low cost, battery-powered evaluation kit for its latest nRF51 Series of ULP 2.4 GHz ICs that supports real-world environmental testing of ANT™ / ANT+™, Bluetooth® low energy (including Bluetooth Smart), and proprietary 2.4GHz ULP wireless sensors and accessories.

The nRF51 Series evaluation kit is applicable to both of the first two ICs to debut in the nRF51 Series: the nRF51822 multiprotocol Bluetooth low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF System-on-Chip (SoC), and the nRF51422 — the world's first ANT / ANT+ SoC.

Each nRF51 Series evaluation kit is compatible with a range of application examples contained within the company's nRF51 Series SDK (Software Development Kit) and comprise nRF51x evaluation board (with all components mounted single-side), nRF51x USB dongle, coin-cell battery compartment, PCB strip antenna, Segger J-Link de-bug capability, USB port for computer link-up, 32 I/O header pins for access to all GPIOs, two miniaturized buttons plus two miniaturized LEDs available for user-defined functions, and current measurement pins.

The nRF51 series evaluation kit brings new design freedoms to the prototyping and initial development of ULP wireless product applications. With the dongle-based evaluation set-up a development engineer is now freed up from their test-bench set-up to write code, test, and perform in-situ evaluations anywhere. Such freedoms are essential for a whole range of early-stage application evaluations and testing and will benefit all nRF51 Series-relevant ULP wireless applications: from engineers prototyping multiple body-worn sensor network products all the way through to industrial measurement and control systems.

The nRF51 Series evaluation kit will be available from September 17 for $99.