Bluetooth 5 SoC targets cost sensitive, mass-market wireless devices

October 23, 2017 //By Julien Happich
Nordic Semiconductor has announced that its nRF52810 Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) System-on-Chip, a memory-optimized addition to the company's nRF52 Series high-performance Bluetooth 5-certified SoCs, is now available in high volume.

The full production volume launch of the nRF52810 SoC is accompanied by the introduction of Nordic's S112 SoftDevice (Nordic's latest RF Bluetooth 5 (Bluetooth LE) protocol software or 'stack'), and a new version of Nordic's nRF5 Software Development Kit (SDK), a production-ready development tool with full peripheral driver support for the nRF52810 SoC.

The nRF52810 SoC has the lowest power consumption in the nRF52 Series and brings the 2 Mbps higher throughput, improved coexistence, and increased broadcast capacity with advertising extensions benefits of Bluetooth 5 to the most cost-sensitive, high-volume applications.

The nRF52810 SoC retains the 64 MHz, 32-bit ARM Cortex M4 MCU of other nRF52 Series SoCs maintaining the performance demanded when employing functionality such as LE secure connections and 2 Mbps data processing. In addition, the nRF52810 SoC's Flash-based software architecture brings over-the-air (OTA) application upgrades to products previously excluded by cost constraints.

Example target applications include network-connected sensors and beacon building blocks for the IoT, low-cost wearables, low-cost wireless mice and keyboards for computers and tablets, toys, disposable medical monitoring devices, and connectivity controllers as companions to much larger MCUs.