Nordic Semiconductor's second Global Tech Tour introduces designers to the world's most powerful single-chip Bluetooth Smart solution, the nRF52 Series

Training seminars in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific between October and December will enable software developers to meet Nordic's nRF52 Series designers in person and kickstart their next Bluetooth Smart or ANT+ application project with the performance barrier breaking System-on-Chip

Oslo, Norway - Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today announces the second edition of its popular Global Tech Tour. Following the successful event held in 2012, which covered the nRF51 Series Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), the company is introducing embedded application development engineers to its nRF52 Series SoCs, powerful Bluetooth® Smart/ANT™/2.4GHz ULP wireless connectivity solutions that redefined single-chip Bluetooth Smart when introduced in June 2015.

The Global Tech Tour will commence in Boston, MA, on October 5, 2015, before moving on to eight other major U.S. cities culminating in San Jose, CA, on October 22. The tour then moves on to seven locations across Europe including Finland, the U.K., France, and Germany before finally taking in another 14 locations in India, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Japan. The tour finishes in Osaka on December 10, 2015.

Each session of the tour will comprise a single day (08:30 until 17:00) with the main objective of enabling attendees to get up and running with the nRF52 Series SoCs. The training sessions will cover basic ULP wireless connectivity applications as well as how to set up a Bluetooth Smart application, all while maximizing the nRF52 Series SoCs' power efficiency.

The nRF52 Series SoCs feature a 64MHz ARM® Cortex®-M4F processor, 512kB Flash and 64kB RAM, a multiprotocol Bluetooth Smart, ANT, and proprietary 2.4GHz radio with -96dB RX sensitivity, 5.5mA peak RX/TX currents, and an on-chip RF Balun. The SoCs also feature a unique on-chip Near Field Communication (NFC™) tag for consumer-friendly Touch-to-Pair and offer new levels of design flexibility unmatched by any existing Bluetooth Smart solution. Target applications include Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, wireless charging, beacons, sports and fitness sensors, remote-controlled toys, and building automation.

The Global Tech Tour training sessions will be conducted using Nordic's nRF52 Series Software Development Kit (SDK) which includes example code for a Bluetooth Smart application. The day's agenda will comprise an Introduction to the nRF52 Series SoC, radio, power management, standard and advanced peripherals, NFC, and solutions to support the growing IoT market.

The training includes a breakdown of a Bluetooth Smart application to demonstrate how to make the most of the power management system to achieve optimal power consumption and show how to use and configure an S132 Bluetooth Smart "SoftDevice". The S132 SoftDevice is Nordic's self-contained Bluetooth Smart RF protocol software ("stack"), compliant with Bluetooth version 4.2, which supports concurrent Central, Peripheral, Broadcaster, and Observer roles. This session will also allow delegates to set up and configure the ANT S212 SoftDevice and the combination Bluetooth Smart/ANT S332 SoftDevice with the nRF52 Series SoC.

"The first Global Tech Tour educated delegates in how to get the most out of the nRF51 Series and since that tour concluded we have seen some very clever Bluetooth Smart applications being introduced by companies whose engineers attended the sessions," says Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Sales & Marketing. "Now we have introduced the next generation of our Bluetooth Smart solutions, the nRF52 Series, which is based on the nRF51 Series proven architecture but is a much more powerful device, it is important that we give those same engineers and new customers an early chance to familiarize themselves with the hardware and software. This year's Global Tech Tour training sessions will be conducted by the engineers that actually designed the nRF52 Series and as such will provide the perfect opportunity for developers to learn about the new SoC."

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