The day after the Bluetooth SIG announced the 1.0 spec of the Bluetooth mesh we are happy to announce the nRF5 SDK for Mesh for our nRF51 and nRF52 Series SoCs. This first (v0.9.1) release is packed with new features and concepts for Bluetooth.
What is Bluetooth mesh? The mesh capability is a significant update and enables a radical new approach to making Bluetooth applications. With this update to Bluetooth, there are significant changes and many new concepts to learn for developers and product makers. From a holistic point of view, mesh enables Bluetooth to expand its...
We’ve all seen the hype on 2x Speed, 4x Range, and 8x Advertising data increase capabilities in Bluetooth 5.
But what does this all mean?? How does it achieve all these improvements? Is it really possible to achieve all these simultaneously?? What about power consumption?
In this blog post (first in a series of posts on Bluetooth 5), I go through each of the new Bluetooth 5 features. Other topics covered include:
Very often, while working with Bluetooth LE devices, we encountered a problem having to repeat a sequence of operations to test or demonstrate some functionality. Writing a mobile app every time to show couple of buttons that interact with a device was costly and boring. A more generic and easy to use solution was required.
Our first approach, the automated tests, allowed to prepare an XML script with sets of operations that were automatically performed producing a report as a result. Automated tests appeared in nRF Connect for Android (known back then as nRF Master Control Panel...
With the nRF52840, we released our first System-on-Chip (SoC) with a radio that is capable of running the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY, additionally to Bluetooth 5 (Bluetooth Low Energy), ANT+, and proprietary 2.4 GHz protocols. In March 2017, we released our first software solution running on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY - nRF5 SDK for Thread in version 0.8.0, supporting the OpenThread stack.
Since nRF52840 supports multiple radio protocols, applications running on this SoC can use several radio protocols. With the release of nRF5 SDK for Thread in...
A case study on optimizing battery power consumption for CC2538 but can also apply for nRF52 based device - https://medium.com/jumperiot/power-optimization-from-3-to-7-months-on-a-single-charge-56de0c30f062.
In this project, we’re going to build a BLE Beacon that transmits temperature, humidity and ambient light levels to a dashboard on the internet. Bluetooth Low Energy is a technology that was designed from the ground up to reduce power consumption. It’s common for BLE devices to keep going and going for months on a coin cell battery. A beacon is a typical example of such a device. All it does is wake up periodically, send data, and go back to sleep. There are different methods of connecting to a BLE device. In the case of the beacon...
The Thingy connects to the Raspberry Pi with Bluetooth and uses it as an internet gateway. The Raspberry Pi runs the node.js scripts. The provided examples, which you can download below the video, include:
We are happy to announce that nRF Connect for desktop v2.0 has now been released, and is available for download on the nRF Connect product page.
As you may know, nRF Connect v1 was a Bluetooth low energy tool for development and experimentation. At Nordic Semiconductor we have lots of ideas for similar applications, so we decided to pull out the reusable parts of v1 into a framework for desktop apps. Key features of this framework:
Connecting BLE devices to the IoT is becoming an essential requirement of many products, so to help you get your IoT project jump started, Nordic Semiconductor is launching a set of IoT developer tools. Currently the tools are in beta with a full release planned later this summer. Check it out at nrfcloud.com.
As always, these IoT tools and the hosting of the IoT platform are provided for free for our developers. The code is also available on GitHub if you want to use nRF Cloud as a starter template for your own IoT service.
The first tool is...
How to implement the Nordic OTA protocol in your own phone App
This document is meant to be useful if you are implementing DFU updates within in your own smartphone app, and want to do it yourself, rather than rely on trying to turn nrf toolbox into a library that your app calls. In a previous app we did just that, but it was a nightmare, and the nrf toolbox has since changed its structure a lot, making it even harder to do this now.
One thing I wish I had when I started developing for BLE is more blog posts that walk you step-by-step on how to tackle the different phases of the system design and implementation. One such phase is designing your Bluetooth GATT: Services and Characteristics.
I just published a new blog post tackling this phase. I lay out the step-by-step process for designing a custom GATT for a BLE MIDI controller using the nRF52 platform including the complete source code. The post covers the following:
Nordic Developer Zone - The Nordic developer’s best friend
The original goal of Nordic Developer zone was to create a resource for our customers that would complement direct Nordic technical support. It should simplify and help them with their design efforts. It should be a place where everyone can contribute, Nordicers and our customers and partners alike. It had a simple mantra – ‘Ask questions, share info, and be inspired’. As Nordic Developer Zone enters its 4th year, we can safely say it is achieving what we set out for it to do.
The ultimate Nordic FAQ resource
As of today...
This example shows a simple GPIO driver for seamless handling of the GPIO and GPIOTE peripherals of the nRF52 series. This example is particularly intended for developers who wish to develop their own driver. The code is available on GitHub at the following URL: https://github.com/NordicSemiconductor/nrf52-drv-gpio-example.
The figure below points out the important Keil GUI buttons for running this example.
Follow these steps to run the example:
If you just want to navigate (without debugging) through the nRF5-SDK using CLion, follow the following steps. For debugging go to “Debugging the nRF52 with CLion” in the full post.
curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Jumperr-labs/nrf5-sdk-clion/master/nrf5-sdk-to-clion.sh | bash
While working on Jumper's µLogger, I...
This is a guide for the uninitiated, which I am most qualified to write. These tips cover the items I wish I had understood when I got my evaluation kits. Nordic support covered these items but I thought it might be helpful as one newby to another to publish my notes on how I got these kits up and running.
You will need two of the nRF52840 Preview DK boards and download and install both the nRF5-SDK-zip and the nRF-Connect-Windows. This will give you the basic tools to load this evaluation onto the boards. You may also...
We are very excited to inform you that we have introduced our new software licenses with the release of SDK v13.0. The new licenses are based on the well-known BSD license class and give more flexibility and freedom to customers while still protecting Nordic Semiconductor’s intellectual property and brand.
Software licenses are usually not the most riveting of reads and most people tend to click the ‘I Agree’ button without reading what they have agreed to. The licenses we have now introduced are very easy to read and understand, so take a few minutes to read through them...
IoT systems are all about analytics from physical infrastructure and are expected to work accurately. After deploying an IoT system one must take care of supporting customers, assure SLA and run root cause analysis on production systems, with real life scenarios. Live monitoring of the entire network, devices and gateways is imperative for system management and control that can help you meet the IoT SLA challenge.
Jumper Insights was built just for that and so that you won’t have to build it yourself. Jumper Insights is a complete visibility solution for IoT systems that lets you:
This is a brief overview of our bachelor's project results. The bachelor's project is given by Nordic Semiconductor for students at NTNU. Our goal was to induce resonance in objects by making some sort of device which could be controlled with BLE.
All code, schematics and documentation can be found in this Github Repository. This is our first major programming project. If you're interested in knowing more about the project, or have constructive criticism of the code, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Earthquake Machine consists of two contraptions, the Resonator made...
Released in December 2016, the new Bluetooth 5 offers truly exciting possibilities for home, industry, and commerce as well as the more traditional areas of wearables and personal devices historically associated with Bluetooth.
Nordic’s nRF52832 is a Bluetooth 5-ready SoC that combines an ARM Cortex-M4F microprocessor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, supporting Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
Zerynth provides a platform for programming nRF52832 boards in Python using paradigms and features typical of personal computer (PC) and mobile programming.
Enabling the use of Python for Microcontrollers and embedded solutions, Zerynth allows:
This documentation describes the use and initialization of the Serial Wire Debug Port (SWDP) interface when writing to or reading from Flash and SRAM of the nRF52832 Rev 1. See http://infocenter.nordicsemi.com/ for more information on the IC itself.
DISCLAIMER: Not all content of this document has been verified and hence there might be some errors and flaws in the descriptions/information that follows. Please confer with the official ARM documentation to verify the information as described here. This information is provided in order to help during the implementation of a SWD debugger, but the...