Single-chip Bluetooth Smart device ups the performance ante

According to Nordic Semiconductor, the company has “redefined single-chip Smart” with its nRF52 Series device. This achievement is made possible by combining high performance and power efficiency with on-chip technology. Sampling now, the nRF52832 is the first in the series. It features a 64-MHz Cortex-M4F processor, a 2.4 GHz multi-protocol radio, and dynamic power optimization. The IC also contains 512 KB of flash memory and 64 KB of RAM.

Built on a 55 nm process, the nRF52832 includes 6 mm x 6 mm QFN and miniature 3.0 mm x 3.2 mm CSP packaging options. With an EEMBC 215 CoreMark score, the nRF52832 delivers up to 60 percent more generic power compared to competing ARM Cortex-M0/M3 based Bluetooth Smart SoC solutions, says the company. And thanks to its on-chip ARM Cortex-M4F, an additional 10X Floating Point and 2X performance can be attained. For power, the part achieves 90 CoreMark/mA.

The nRF52832 also includes a host of on-chip and digital peripherals for glueless interfacing to external components such as sensors, displays, touch controllers, LEDs, keypads, motors, digital microphones, and audio codecs. This makes it suitable for , toys, devices and appliances, and charging. Development kits, software, and documentation are available today. Volume production is scheduled for December.