Mouser ships Nordic Semiconductor’s Bluetooth 5-enabled dev kit

A single board development kit to evaluate wireless connectivity, the nRF52840 Preview development kit, from Nordic Semiconductor, is now available from Mouser Electronics.

The nRF52840-PDK is for evaluating the nRF52840 SoC, a proprietary wireless connectivity chip that supports several protocols, including the Bluetooth 5 specification, which increases range and throughput for smart home devices, wearables and IoT applications.

Developers can use the kit to evaluate wireless connectivity designs based on the onboard nRF52840 SoC. There are four user-programmable buttons and LEDs, hardware compatible with the Arduino Uno R3-based shields, and connector pins for all I/Os and interfaces, including a dedicated connector for the included external NFC antenna.

The nRF52840 SoC employs a 64MHz, 32bit ARM Cortex-M4F processor, a CPU with ample generic processing power, floating point, and DSP performance, says the company.

The kit complies with the Bluetooth 5 specification, which, coupled with increased maximum output power, enables the nRF52840 SoC to deliver Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity with up to four times the range or up to twice the raw data bandwidth (2Mbit/s) compared with the Bluetooth low energy implementation of Bluetooth 4.2. In addition, the nRF52840 SoC includes IEEE 802.15.4 capabilities for ZigBee and Thread-based smart home technologies or as a Network Adaptation Layer with 6LoWPAN and standard internet protocols. The nRF52840 SoC’s support for 802.15.4 extends its capability as an interoperable foundation technology for IoT, smart home, or industrial sensor wireless networks using several different wireless technologies.


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