ARM, Nordic to develop Bluetooth low energy services

Tuesday 5 November 2013 | 10:46 CET | News

ARM and ultra-low power radio frequency (RF) specialist Nordic Semiconductor have signed an agreement to incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) services with the ARM mbed IoT device development platform. The cooperation will enable developers to create new Bluetooth-connected devices and applications that leverage Nordic’s system on chips (SoCs) which are basedon the ARM Cortex-M processor series. The agreement seeks to drive the deployment of BLE-enabled devices in key growth markets including wearables, mobile accessories, fitness, toys, healthcare and consumer electronics.

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 already found in products such as wireless PC peripherals, gaming controllers, sports and fitness sensors, advanced multi-media 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 development of ARM-based intelligent connected devices. This includes open-source code for microcontrollers, 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 create Bluetooth connected products, demonstrate proof-of-concept and move to production of devices.

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