The nRF8001 is a highly integrated single-chip Bluetooth® low energy connectivity IC. It integrates a fully Bluetooth v4.0 low energy compliant Radio, Link Layer and Host stack and features a simple serial interface supporting a wide range of external application microcontrollers. With peak current as low as 12.5mA and average currents as down to 12¼A for 1s connection interval, the nRF8001 enables battery lifetimes of months to years on a single coin cell. The nRF8001 is a fully qualified Bluetooth v4.0 low energy design and combine the Radio, Link Layer, and Host into one EPL (End Product Listing), enabling designers to easily create new Bluetooth end products without additional listing fees.
The nRF8001 is specifically designed for Bluetooth Low Energy application that operates in the Peripheral (Slave) role - examples include proximity tags, PUID watches, remote controls, and sports/fitness/healthcare sensors. The on-chip Link Layer and Host stack includes support for Peripheral GAP role, client, server and security.
In addition to best-in class power consumption, the nRF8001 features an ADC for battery level monitoring, a low tolerance 32kHz RC oscillator that eliminate the need for an external 32kHz crystal and a 16MHz crystal oscillator supporting low cost 16MHz crystals. The chip also integrates two voltage regulators, a linear voltage regulator providing a 1.9 to 3.6V supply range, and a DC/DC voltage regulator that when enabled cut current consumption by up to 20% when operating on a 3V cell.
The nRF8001 is available in a 32-pin 5x5mm QFN package.
- Mobile phone accessories
- Proximity tags and watches
- Sports, fitness and healthcare sensors
- PC Peripherals
- Consumer Electronic remote controls
- Home and industrial automation