Nordic Semiconductor: develop wireless demos without developing hardware or firmware

Nordic Semiconductor announces the introduction of "Nordic Thingy:52", a fully-functional single-board Bluetooth 5-compatible Bluetooth low energy development kit that offers 'out-of-the-box' wireless configuration from smartphone apps and the Cloud.

Nordic Thingy:52 enables an app developer with no firmware coding expertise or high-level development tools to quickly design and demonstrate IoT devices, and associated mobile device and Internet apps. The app developer can quickly and easily configure the development kit's embedded application over the provided Bluetooth interface from a mobile device.

The development kit is based on Nordic's nRF52832 Bluetooth low energy SoC which combines a 64MHz, 32-bit ARM Cortex M4F microprocessor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT and proprietary 2.4GHz RF software), plus 512kB Flash memory and 64kB RAM. The nRF52832 SoC runs Nordic's S132 SoftDevice, an RF software 'stack' that can support up to 20 concurrent connections in a variety of Bluetooth low energy role combinations.

Nordic Thingy:52's PCB is housed in a 6x6-cm plastic and rubber case which includes a USB connector to charge the device's Li-ion battery. The development kit incorporates: a built-in digital microphone and speaker; movement sensor (nine-axis including accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer); ultra low power wake up accelerometer; and pressure, temperature, humidity, air-quality, and color sensors. Nordic Thingy:52 is supplied with example firmware, and iOS and Android Bluetooth low energy connectivity apps. Nordic has also made additional source-code app software available on GitHub.

App developers can quickly develop IoT devices for a range of applications using Nordic Thingy:52. Altering parameters such as the air-quality sensor's sample rate, or switching on the color sensor, for example, is simple to achieve via an over-the-air instruction from a smartphone or Internet app with no need to interact directly with Nordic Thingy:52's firmware code. More complex IoT applications are also simple to implement; for example, Nordic Thingy:52 can be configured to change its LED's color in response to voice commands directed at a personal assistant such as Amazon's Alexa. The voice command triggers Alexa to contact a Cloud platform which in turn instructs an inexpensive Internet-connected router to wirelessly forward the command to activate Nordic Thingy:52. The development platform is also Cloud-platform compatible.


ZES Zimmer on testing advanced power electronics

In this video Bernd Neuner from ZES Zimmer talks to Alix Paultre for Electronic News TV at the 2017 Power Electronics Conference in Nuremberg. The discussion deals with the issues involving test and m...


Weidmüller discusses the need for a better signal and power interface

In this video Rene Arntzen from Weidmüller talks to Alix Paultre of Electronic News TV about the importance of a good signal and power interface for industrial equipment. There is currently no good ...


Mouser talks about the state of engineering development today

In this video Mark Burr-Lonnon and Graham Maggs of Mouser Electronics, a major international electronics distributor, talk to Alix Paultre about the state of engineering development today. With massiv...


Infineon launches a new family of configurable industrial drive boards

In this video Infineon explains their new family of configurable industrial drive boards at SPS-IPC Drives 2017. Intended to enable easy setup and deployment, the XMC-based automation boards can handl...


STMicro explains their STSPIN family of single-chip motor drivers

In this video STMicroelectronics explains their STSPIN single-chip motor drivers at SPS-IPC Drives 2017. The STSPIN family embeds can drive motors efficiently and with high accuracy, with an advanced ...