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ARM, Nordic partner to speed dev't of BLE-enabled devices

Posted: 30 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth Low Energy? Cortex-M? Internet of Things?

ARM and Nordic Semiconductor have teamed up to incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions with the ARM mbed IoT device development platform. The collaboration will enable developers to quickly and easily create Bluetooth-connected devices and applications that leverage Nordic's SoCs that are based on the ARM Cortex-M processor series.

As ARM mbed helps the Internet of Things to become a reality, there is a significant opportunity for ultra-low power Bluetooth chips that connect intelligent products with their owners' smartphones and tablets, and can run for years on small batteries at cost-sensitive price points. This agreement will help to drive the innovation and deployment of BLE-enabled devices in key growth markets including wearables, mobile accessories, fitness, toys, healthcare and consumer electronics.

Having pioneered the ultra-low power (ULP) wireless sector in the 2000s, Nordic has developed ULP wireless chips that can run for long years on small batteries, which are the size of watch batteries. These chips are found in products such as wireless PC peripherals, gaming controllers, sports and fitness sensors, advanced multimedia controllers, and digital/satellite TV (set-top box) remote controls.

ARM mbed is a collaborative project providing hardware and software building blocks to developers for rapid development of ARM-based intelligent connected devices. This includes commercially-friendly open-source code for MCUs, radios, peripherals, middleware and cloud services. By supporting Nordic's ARM-based Bluetooth SoCs and extending the platform to support Bluetooth smart APIs, ARM mbed allows developers to rapidly create Bluetooth connected products, demonstrate proof-of-concept and move quickly to high-volume production of devices.

"Nordic's ultra-low power, wireless SoCs will help bring to life the next generation of internet-connected devices. ARM wants to give developers broad access to solutions that fuel the innovation and exciting diversity of devices that will characterise the Internet of Things," said John Cornish, EVP and GM, system design division, ARM. "ARM will continue to work with its partners to ensure that the right ecosystem of tools and technology is in place for a diverse professional developer audience to create smart, connected products."

"The Internet of Things will be powered by small, ultra low power SoCs that need to be cost-effective for the consumer opportunities, and this agreement brings together two technology leaders to get these solutions into developers' hands more efficiently," said Svenn Tore Larsen, CEO, Nordic Semiconductor. "We are excited to be teaming with ARM to deliver important BLE solutions based on the industry-standard Cortex-M processor family through the mbed platform, so that developers can move quickly to innovate with this technology."





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