Editors and readers of top U.S. design magazine EDN vote Nordic Semiconductor S130 SoftDevice and nRF51822 Beacon Kit an ‘EDN Hot 100 product

May 29, 2015
Oslo, Norway 2015/05/29 - Nordic Semiconductor announces that its S130 SoftDevice and nRF51822 Beacon Kit have been voted as one of the ‘hottest’ product launches during 2014 by the editors and readers of top U.S. electronics design magazine, EDN, and electronics engineering community, EDN Network, in the Wireless & Networking category.
The EDN Network website is said to receive over a million page views per month and around 350,000 unique visitors, and describes itself as an electronics community for engineers, by engineers, with the information, tools, courses, and professional connections (including face-to-face community events including DesignCon and ESC) engineers need to get their job done and get ideas from concept to reality as quickly as possible.
A SoftDevice is Nordic’s self-contained software stack for nRF51 Series SoCs that incorporates a unique separation of RF protocol and application code. Since Nordic’s nRF51 Series’ launch in June 2012, SoftDevice performance has been increasingly enhanced by successive revisions. The SoftDevice is a key element of the unique software architecture of Nordic’s multiple award-winning nRF51 Series SoCs.
The Nordic S130 SoftDevice allows the development of Nordic nRF51 Series SoC-based advanced wearable Bluetooth Smart hub network topologies such as smart watches with peripheral wireless sensors that don't always need a smartphone present to operate. Other S130 SoftDevice features include an Over-The-Air Device Firmware Upgrade (OTA-DFU) capability that leverages the Nordic nRF51 Series SoCs' flash architecture for in-the-field product firmware updates.
The nRF51822 Beacon Kit allows developers and engineers to develop their own beacon applications using Apple’s iBeacon™ standards, or create their own beacons based on their own specifications using Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology. The kit works straight out of the box with companion smartphone apps for iOS and Android Bluetooth Smart Ready smartphones. The firmware is available as source code from Nordic Semiconductor and allows example beacon scenarios to be set up quickly and easily to test out product ideas.

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