QuickLogic’s wearable sensor evaluation kit supports ‘always-on’, ‘always-aware’ development and connects directly to Nordic’s nRF51 Series Development Kit

May 15, 2015
 
Oslo, Norway 2015/05/15 - Ultra-low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces that QuickLogic, a Sunnyvale, CA-based manufacturer of ultra-low power programmable Customer Specific Standard Products (CSSPs), has released the TAG-N wearable sensor hub evaluation kit, designed to allow rapid development and testing of ULP wearable devices.
   
The kit incorporates the QuickLogic ArcticLink® 3 S2 ultra-low power programmable sensor hub, proprietary algorithms, and connects directly to Nordic’s nRF51 Series Development Kit (nRF51 DK). The sensor hub consumes only 75 microWatts of power and is designed to support ‘always-on’, ‘always-aware’ applications in wearable devices. The nRF51 DK allows OEMs to test, evaluate and develop Bluetooth® Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth low energy) wearable devices. When combined with QuickLogic’s pedometer, gesture, and context algorithms, the TAG-N development kits help OEMs significantly accelerate product development cycles.
   
The nRF51 DK is based on Nordic’s nRF51 Series System-on-Chip (SoC), a highly-integrated transceiver that combines a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio, 32-bit ARM® Cortex™ M0 processor, 128kB or 256kB flash memory, and 16kB or 32kB RAM. The SoC can support a wide range of wireless wearables.
   
“By combining our ultra-low power sensor hub that incorporates state-of-the-art algorithm capability with Nordic’s Bluetooth Smart technology, we can provide a comprehensive solution for a wearable reference design that is suitable for quick prototyping, as well as demonstration and testing of activity monitoring, context and gesture algorithms,” said Frank Shemansky, senior director of product management at Quicklogic.
  
“QuickLogic’s unique, industry-leading low power sensor hub capability is a perfect complement to our ultra-low power wireless technology,” says Thomas Embla Bonnerud, director of product management at Nordic. “This new evaluation kit will enable OEMs to implement our combined technology and deliver wearable products to end users with a complete set of capabilities, while reducing time-to-market.”

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