Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Bluetooth Low Energy and Proprietary 2.4GHz SoC Wins a Second Major Industry Award

Feb 27, 2013
Oslo, Norway 2013/02/27 - To win the (2012 Golden Mousetrap Award) award in the Electronics & Automotive category, Nordic Semiconductor had to compete for recognition alongside product solutions from some of the world's most well-known semiconductor companies including Analog Devices, Marvell Technology Group, Microchip Technology, and Renesas Electronics.
"We saw many exceptional, cutting-edge products submitted to the program this year," said Jennifer Campbell, Executive Editor of Design News. "It was a challenge for us to select just one winner in each category. We congratulate the winners on their innovations and their achievement."
This latest prestigious recognition follows the nRF51822 winning the 2013 Spirit of Wireless Award from specialist wireless publication Incisor magazine and the associated Incisor.TV website announced earlier this month, and also being shortlisted by EETimes China magazine for ‘Product of the Year’ in the RF & Wireless category in its ‘China Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards’ (winners to be announced March 1).
The Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 is part of Nordic's latest nRF51 Series of SoCs (see ‘About nRF51 Series’ below) that have re-defined the leading edge of the ULP wireless industry in terms of power consumption and performance, and come with an exceptionally easy-to-use and versatile development platform based on Nordic SDKs (software development kits) and a unique yet powerful separation of protocol stack and application code for the first time.
The nRF51822 is also the world’s first multiprotocol ultra low power 2.4GHz System-on-Chip SoC wireless connectivity solution to be capable of concurrently or non-concurrently supporting both Bluetooth low energy (a hallmark ultra low power feature of the latest Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0 – see ‘About Bluetooth low energy’ below) and proprietary RF software protocols such as Nordic Semiconductor’s Gazell.
The nRF51822 integrates a multiprotocol radio and a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 based processor and has been optimized for ultra low power wireless applications. The chip offers -92.5dB RX sensitivity in Bluetooth low energy mode; up to +4dBm output power in all modes; up to 9.5dBm improvement in link budget compared to previous generations of class-leading Nordic chips, and sub-10mA peak currents running off a 3V coin cell battery for months or years of battery life (depending on the application). The nRF51822 is also 100 percent on air compatible with Nordic’s existing nRF24L series ICs (‘integrated circuits’ or ‘chips’). (See ‘About nRF51822’ below for more information).
“The development of our flagship nRF51 Series demanded a huge amount of engineering effort and financial investment to produce something that was genuinely game-changing within the ULP wireless market,” comments Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO of Nordic Semiconductor. “The nRF51 Series was not, therefore, developed without risk for our company and it therefore makes me extremely proud to see one of its first product members – the nRF51822 – receive such independent industry recognition and become a multiple award-winning product.”
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