Taking a bit more time to go into the details published by Nordic, I expect it to generate quite a lot of interest. With support for the latest protocols like Bluetooth Low-Energy and ANT+, great RF performance in terms of RX sensitivity and TX power, this series should be compelling to most companies looking for an RF link for medical, building automation or consumer applications. And last but not least, the achieved low-power consumption combined with limited peak consumption make it well suited for battery operation, making this family a great candidate to connect devices wirelessly to the Internet of Things.
Also very interesting to me is the maximal frequency of the processor which is limited to 16MHz. It could look quite low at first glance, especially to run such a communication stack, but this is another good demonstration that the right trade-off to optimize energy consumption is to use an efficient processor while keeping the system frequency low.
This is also a good example that companies with a strong competence in their field can concentrate on their domain of expertise, while relying on a state-of-the-art standard processor without having to reinvent the wheel. It saves resources; and by selecting ARM, companies automatically get the support of the widest embedded ecosystem.
Looking forward what’s next on Nordic’s roadmap! For more information read the article here.
Thomas Ensergueix, CPU Product Manager, ARM. Thomas is leading the product management team in charge of the Cortex-M family of CPU as part of ARM’s processor division. Before joining ARM early 2012, he was active in the embedded area since the end of the 90’s, occupying multiple positions, and covered the whole spectrum of 8-bit to 32-bit architectures for smartcard ICs and microcontroller products.
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