Pushing the envelope for smart lighting - Nordic Semiconductor

The nRF52 Series re-defines the world of possibilities for Bluetooth® low energy sensors and devices for the IoT era.

Designed with wealth of digital and analog interfaces and peripherals, there’s something to cover every design requirement. The demands of today’s Bluetooth low energy single chip designs are increasingly varied and complex, they can range from digital audio processing, to FFT/FIR and security algorithms, to driving device displays and UIs. Whatever the task, nRF52 series has it covered.

Nordic Semiconductor has truly made low power easy. We haven’t just great datasheet numbers, but an automatic and adaptive power management system which combined with extensive EasyDMA and PPI makes the nRF52 Series positively frugal with power.

nRF52 Series brings NFC for the first time to a Bluetooth low energy SoC. The on-chip NFC-A tag allows developers to take advantage of NFC ‘touch-to-pair’ functionality in their designs.

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Bluetooth Low Energy ICs/solutions

Bluetooth Low Energy brings Bluetooth wireless connectivity to low cost, small battery operated devices that require months to years of battery lifetime. Bluetooth Low Energy has enjoyed spectacular growth since introduction. It has been designed from the outset to address the needs of energy efficiency and simplicity of design when employing it to develop connected products.

It has enabled a new and extended range of applications to benefit from Bluetooth wireless technology including connected watches, tracking tags, sports and fitness sensors, healthcare sensors and remote controls. It is also seeing adoption in Smart Home applications such as connected door locks and lighting.

Bluetooth Low Energy is now ubiquitous in mobile devices and PCs as well as many other devices that are in everyday use around us.

Bluetooth 5

Bluetooth 5 is the latest version of the Bluetooth specification. It represents the greatest advancements in the specification since Bluetooth 4.0 and the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy.

Key features of Bluetooth Low Energy include:

  • Ultra-low peak, average and idle mode power consumption
  • Ability to run for years on standard, coin-cell batteries
  • Ease of development and use
  • Low cost
  • Multi-vendor interoperability
  • Enhanced range
  • Bluetooth Low Energy has official support in iOS and Android mobile platforms as well as most desktop platforms including OSX, Windows 8 and Linux

nRF5 SDK for Mesh

The Bluetooth mesh profile extends the capabilities of Bluetooth Low Energy to include the many-to-many topology. It facilitates range extension and increases the network size. The functionality is a vital update for new applications in home automation, lighting, beaconing and asset tracking.

The nRF5 SDK for mesh combined with the nRF52 Series is the complete solution for your Bluetooth mesh development. Use it as a foundation to quickly take advantage of the new capabilities.

Nordic nRF5 Bluetooth mesh diagram


  • Bluetooth mesh profile v1.0 qualified stack
  • Bluetooth mesh profile features
    • GATT and advertising bearer
    • Relay and proxy nodes
  • Provisioning support
    • Over advertising bearer and GATT bearer
    • Remote provisioning over relaying nodes
  • Support for concurrent standard GATT/GAP connections and mesh
  • For connectivity to PCs and tablets
  • For beaconing
  • Support for over-the-air secure background DFU
  • Cross-platform toolchain
  • Segger Embedded Studio


  • Core Bluetooth mesh software stack up to Access layer (source code)
  • Foundation Models, Application layer including DFU, remote provisioning model, persistent storage and serializer (source code)
  • Examples for beaconing, lighting control and provisioning (source code)
  • Python shell based test and demo framework (source code)
  • Source code and binaries for bootloader
  • Segger Embedded Studio project files

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