Low Cost Nordic Bluetooth Low Energy Proximity Key Fob Smaller Than Credit Card
Oslo, Norway – JUN 12, 2012– Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces that Hong Kong-headquartered Dayton Industrial Co. Ltd – a world leading OEM/ODM (Original Equipment/Design Manufacturer) of wireless monitors and associated products (such as watches and bike computers) for top global sports & fitness consumer brands – has now announced a Bluetooth® low energy proximity key fob based on Nordic’s µBlue™ nRF8002 System-on-Chip (SoC) that is less than half the size of a credit card.
The nRF8002's class-leading ULP performance and size will enable the Dayton Bluetooth low energy proximity key fob to run for around a year from a regular 3V CR2025 lithium coin cell battery under typical (daily) usage conditions while featuring an extremely slim (0.5cm-thick) and compact (4.9 x 3.2cm) plastic sensor housing that features a single push button and two submerged LED status lights (one red to signal alerts, and one green to signal pairing status) within a product that weighs less than 40g. There are also additional micro-vibrator and buzzer alert options.
This production-ready product platform will allow OEMs and developers to develop a whole new range of both standard (Bluetooth v4.0 profile-based) and non-standard (uniquely developed) proximity, property location and security applications (‘apps’) for use with devices that employ Bluetooth v4.0 wireless technology such as the latest iPad and the iPhone 4S.
Bluetooth low energy is a hallmark feature of the latest Bluetooth v4.0 specification and if certain qualification requirements are met can be used to develop Bluetooth Smart devices (such as wireless sensors, peripherals, and accessories) compatible with any Bluetooth Smart Ready hub product (e.g. A smartphone, tablet/computer, and other gadget). (See ‘About Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth Smart, andBluetooth Smart Ready’ below.)Within the latest Bluetooth v4.0 specification there are currently two profiles applicable to proximity-based property location and security:
- The Bluetooth low energy Find Me profile.
- The Bluetooth low energy Proximity profile.
About Nordic Semiconductor
The future of electronics is wireless and portable due to an almost insatiable consumer demand for ever greater levels of freedom and flexibility. Nordic Semiconductor is playing a key role in realizing that future by providing ultra low power (ULP) wireless chips that can run for long periods of time from power sources as small a watch batteries.
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