Nordic's battery-powered eval kit tests nRF51 wireless accessory and sensor apps in real-world environments - Embedded.com

Nordic’s battery-powered eval kit tests nRF51 wireless accessory and sensor apps in real-world environments

The nRF51 Series eval kit from Nordic Semiconductor is a low cost, battery-powered evaluation kit for its latest nRF51 Series of ULP 2.4GHz integrated circuits (ICs). The kit supports real-world environmental testing of ANT/ANT+, Bluetooth low energy (including Bluetooth Smart), and proprietary 2.4GHz ULP wireless sensors and accessories. The 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 – claimed to be the world's first ANT / ANT+ SoC.

Each nRF51 Series eval kit is compatible with a range of application examples contained within Nordic's nRF51 Series SDK (Software Development Kit) and comprise nRF51x eval 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.

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