High power consumption of softdevice


I am working on firmware for device that has freertos in the base and implements BLE beacon and 1 service with 7 characteristics. Everything works. But power consumption is too high.

After plenty of tests on final HW, I've created playground based on ble_app_hrs_freertos_pca10040_s132 sample project and switched to sparkfun board.

When have just FreeRTOS with no user-defined tasks, consumption is about 1uA.

After I call  ble_stack_init with code below, I got about 500uA. It is without advertising at all.

static void ble_stack_init(void)
    ret_code_t err_code;

    err_code = nrf_sdh_enable_request();

    // Configure the BLE stack using the default settings.
    // Fetch the start address of the application RAM.
    uint32_t ram_start = 0;
    err_code = nrf_sdh_ble_default_cfg_set(APP_BLE_CONN_CFG_TAG, &ram_start);

    // Enable BLE stack.
    err_code = nrf_sdh_ble_enable(&ram_start);

    // Register a handler for BLE events.
    NRF_SDH_BLE_OBSERVER(m_ble_observer, APP_BLE_OBSERVER_PRIO, ble_evt_handler, NULL);

When beacon is enabled I have cca 650uA.

When GATT and beacon are working I have cca 750uA.

I measure with multimeter.

Results seems fine for me except for those 500uA after stack is initialized. Why is it so high? What can I do to lower it?

  • SDK v 15.0
  • Using RELEASE configuration.
  • Tried S132 and S140 - result is the same