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Lower Cost Variant of Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Targets Price Sensitive Consumer Products

February 20, 2013

OSLO, Norway, February 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today
announces the immediate availability of a lower cost variant of its award-winning nRF51822
Bluetooth(R) low energy and proprietary 2.4GHz SoC (System-on-Chip) that will offer an
identical feature, peripherals, and performance set but half the Flash memory at 128kB
(instead of 256kB).

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The nRF51822 (128kB) also offers pin-to-pin compatibility with the existing nRF51822
(256kB) and so could serve as a drop-in replacement for any existing nRF51822-based
designs that could operate with half the Flash memory, allowing smooth and seamless
migration without any engineering risk or re-qualification requirements with relevant
regulatory bodies such as the FCC and EU.

This means it will offer the same industry-first multiprotocol radio and a 32-bit ARM
Cortex-M0 based processor optimized for ultra low power wireless applications and deliver
-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). As with the existing
nRF51822, this new nRF51822 128kB variant will also be 100 percent on air compatible with
Nordic’s existing nRF24L series ICs (‘integrated circuits’ or ‘chips’).

This new part will complement Nordic’s existing nRF51822 (256kB) Flash SoC by
targeting the most price sensitive ULP wireless applications that are typically high
volume consumer products such as entry-level PC mice and keyboards, smartphone
accessories, and toys.

“The nRF51822 (128kB) Flash memory variant was developed to meet market demand for an
nRF51 Series SoC that could target the most price sensitive consumer product applications
where Bill of Material considerations are of paramount importance,” explains Geir
Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “It now means that the
maximum range of products can benefit from the technically superior performance and design
advantages of the nRF51 Series while still being able to compete successfully in even the
lower cost segments of the consumer electronics market.”




SOURCE Nordic Semiconductor

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