Murata & Nordic Semi assemble starter kit of passives for RFIC designs

October 27, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Murata has released two passive starter kits that provide reference design support for Nordic Semiconductor RFICs. The kits are equipped with the passive components needed in the RF design associated with the Nordic chips for use in Bluetooth low energy (BLE), ANT and 2.4 GHz ultra-low power wireless applications.

The inclusion of all the passive components needed in one package greatly reduces the amount of time and effort required by designers to procure sample-use components. For use with Nordic chips type nRF51x22 and nRF52x32, Murata's passive starter kits are based on Nordic's reference designs and have received full confirmation from Nordic. Including ceramic capacitors, inductors and crystal devices, the kits are geared toward designers of smartphone accessories, home automation products, remote controls, various sensing devices and other IoT-related products and applications. Together with the kit, Murata also includes various compact products designed for use in suggested small-scale applications such as wearable devices.


Nordic’s nRF51 series is a family of multi-protocol, system-on-chip (SoC) devices for ultra-low power wireless applications. nRF51 series devices support a range of protocol stacks including Bluetooth low energy (previously called Bluetooth Smart), ANT and proprietary 2.4GHz protocols such as Gazell. nRF51 series devices are also on-air-compatible with existing nRF24L products from Nordic Semiconductor. The nRF51x22 series is designed for Bluetooth low energy (BLE), ANT and 2.4GHz ultra-low power wireless applications.


Nordic’s nRF52 series aims at Bluetooth low energy sensors and devices for the IoT area. Running at 64 MHz it rates; EEMBC Coremark score of 215 and 58 Coremark/mA. Based on a Cortex-M4F processor, it is claimed to be the most capable Bluetooth low energy SoC available. The nRF52x32 series is designed for Bluetooth low energy (BLE), ANT 2.4GHz, and NFC applications, and are ideal for sensors and devices for the IoT (Internet of Things) world.


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