CES: Nordic launches nRFready Desktop 2 reference design

January 08, 2013

Toni_McConnel-January 08, 2013

CES, Las Vegas -- Nordic Semiconductor is launching a combined Bluetooth low energy (including Bluetooth Smart) and proprietary 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard combo reference design - the nRFready Desktop 2 - at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas later this week. The nRFready Desktop 2 reference design provides simultaneous support for both Bluetooth low energy and (or) proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology by employing Nordic's single chip nRF51822 multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy / 2.4GHz proprietary RF SoC (System-on-Chip).


The nRFready Desktop 2 also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) proximity pairing. In operation, NFC uses a secondary ('Out-of-Band' or 'OOB') 13.56MHz wireless link to conduct the pairing process in a way that does not require extensive input from the end user. Microsoft's latest Windows 8 operating system has native support for OOB pairing using Near Field Communication (NFC), and the nRFready Desktop 2 includes an NFC solution that enables demonstration and exploration of NFC pairing as well as other NFC features for HID (Human Interface Device) functionality.

The nRFready Desktop 2 also allows desktop peripheral manufacturers to release products into the market that can simultaneously and adaptively support both Bluetooth low energy and Nordic's proprietary 2.4GHz Gazell protocol in a single product, without the need for any firmware changes. Gazell is a proprietary low-power protocol developed by Nordic Semiconductor for HID peripherals that specifically targets challenging 2.4GHz RF operating environments with numerous 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and other 2.4GHz wireless systems operating in close proximity.

CES demonstrations: Tue. Jan. 8 - 10am; Wed. Jan. 9 - 2pm ; Thu. Jan. 10 - 2pm ; Fri. Jan. 11 - 10am. Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (former Las Vegas Hilton), Suite 28132.

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