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nRF52 Series

Overview

The nRF52 series of SoCs from Nordic Semiconductor offers flexibility and choice in Ultra Low Power (ULP) wireless, supporting wireless technologies ranging from Bluetooth 5, to ANT, to Zigbee and Thread, and beyond.  Visit Nordic Semiconductor for full details about any nRF52 series product.

In collaboration with Nordic Semiconductor, Garmin Canada is pleased to support the nRF52 series of ULP SoCs with SoftDevice packages that include the ANT ultra low power wireless protocol.  The SoftDevices are available as ANT-only (200 series) and concurrent ANT and Bluetooth (300 series), providing flexibility to serve specific product needs.

High Level SoftDevice Capability Checklist

SoftDevice Features
S212 ANT Only SoftDevice
S312 ANT and Bluetooth® Peripheral
S332 ANT and Bluetooth® Central and Peripheral
S340 ANT and Bluetooth® Central and Peripheral, Bluetooth Long Range

nRF52 Series / ANT SoftDevice Compatibility Chart

  S212 S312 S332 S340
nRF52810 X X    
nRF52832 X   X  
nRF52840       X

SoftDevice Licensing

ANT Wireless provides four stacks targeted exclusively for the nRF52 Series SoCs: These stacks are licensed for evaluation and commercial use, using a single agreement.

 

Evaluation Use:
• Not to be used for any commercial or revenue-generating purpose.
• Click above for Evaluation use on any of the stack downloads for the SoftDevices that you need.

 

Commercial License Agreement and Royalty Reporting:
• Required for any commercial or revenue generating purposes
• You can obtain the Commercial License Key by clicking below on any of the commercial licenses for the SoftDevices that you need.
• Royalty rate is $0.08 per instance, with a minimum payment of $800 per six-month period.
• Click on the Licensing Process PDF for further information.

 

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LICENSING OVERVIEW

 

See the SoftDevices tab below to access evaluation protocol stacks and commercial license keys provided by Garmin Canada Inc.

 

SoftDevices Manufacturer's Product Page

ANT Features (all SoftDevices)

  • 79 selectable RF channels (2402 to 2480 MHz)
  • Flexible network topologies: peer-to-peer, star, tree, high node count, mesh and more
  • Broadcast, acknowledged, and burst data communication modes
  • Built-in device search and pairing
  • Built-in interference handling and radio coexistence management with application radio disable requests and application flash write/erase requests
  • Enhanced ANT features:
  • Supports up to 15 logical channels each with configurable channel periods (5.2ms - 2s)
  • Advanced burst data transfer modes (up to 60kbps)
  • Optional channel encryption mode (AES-128)
  • Supports up to 8 public, private and/or managed networks
  • Advanced power management features to optimize application power consumption including Event Filtering and Selective Data Updates
  • Asynchronous transmit channel
  • Fast channel initiation
  • High duty search
  • Time synchronization

Bluetooth Low Energy Features

S312 ANT / Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice S332 ANT / Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice S340 ANT / Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice
The S312 ANT/Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice includes the memory optimized Bluetooth 5 qualified S112 protocol stack for the nRF52810 SoC.  It is a complete stack with GAP, GATT, ATT, SM and Link Layer. Both GATT Server and Client are supported. Feature summary:
  • 2mbps, 1mbps
  • Channel Selection Algorithm #2
  • 4 concurrent links as Peripheral with Broadcaster
  • Configurable number of connections and properties
  • LE Secure Connections
  • Privacy 1.2
  • Configurable ATT Table
  • Configurable ATT MTU
  • Custom UUID support
  • Support for concurrent multiprotocol with Bluetooth mesh and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols
The S332 ANT/Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice includes the high performance S132 Bluetooth 5 qualified protocol stack for nRF52832 and nRF52810 SoCs. It is a complete stack with GAP, GATT, ATT, SM, L2CAP, and Link Layer. Both GATT Server and Client are supported.
  • 2Mbps, 1Mbps
  • Advertising Extensions
  • Channel Selection Algorithm #2
  • 20 concurrent Central / Peripheral links with Observer and Broadcaster
  • Configurable number of connections and properties
  • LE Secure Connections
  • Privacy 1.2
  • Configurable ATT Table
  • Configurable ATT MTU
  • Custom UUID support
  • Support for concurrent multiprotocol with Bluetooth mesh and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols
  • LE Data Length Extension
  • L2CAP connection-oriented channels
The S340 ANT/Bluetooth 5 SoftDevice includes the feature complete S140 Bluetooth 5 qualified protocol stack for the nRF52840 SoC. It is a complete stack with GAP, GATT, ATT, SM, L2CAP, and Link Layer. Both GATT Server and Client are supported.
  • 2Mbps, 1Mbps, Long Range
  • Advertising Extensions
  • Channel Selection Algorithm #2
  • 20 concurrent Central / Peripheral links with Observer and Broadcaster
  • Configurable number of connections and properties
  • LE Secure Connections
  • Privacy 1.2
  • Configurable ATT Table
  • Configurable ATT MTU
  • Custom UUID support
  • Support for concurrent multiprotocol with Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth mesh and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols
  • LE Data Length Extension
  • L2CAP connection-oriented channels

 

nRF52 Series Product Features Overview ANT SoftDevice Support
nRF52810

Baseline ANT/BLE SoC

  • 64 MHz ARM® Cortex-M4
  • 192 KB Flash + 24 KB RAM
  • Bluetooth 5 ready 2.4 GHz transceiver
    • 2 Mbps
    • Advertising Extensions
    • Concurrent multi-protocol operation
    • +4 dBm TX Power
    • -96 dBm Sensitivity
    • 4.6 mA TX at 0 dBm
    • 4.6 mA RX
    • Integrated balun with 50 Ω single-ended output
  • 1.7-3.6 V supply voltage range
  • Integrated DC-DC regulator
  • 0.3 µA in System OFF
  • 1.5 µA in System ON with RTC
  • Full range of digital interfaces with EasyDMA
  • 12-bit 200 ksps ADC
  • Small size
S212 (ANT)
S312 (ANT/BLE) 
nRF52832

Flexible all-purpose ANT/BLE SoC

  • Bluetooth 5
    • 2Mbps
    • Extended advertising
    • CSA #2
  • 64 MHz ARM® Cortex-M4F
  • 512/256 KB Flash + 64/32 KB RAM
  • Software stacks available as downloads
  • Supports 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps Bluetooth LE modes
  • 100 dB link budget
  • Sensitivity of -96 dbm for Bluetooth LE
  • Programmable output power +4 dBm to -20 dBm
  • RSSI with 1 dB resolution
  • RAM mapped FIFOs using EasyDMA
  • Flexible and configurable 32 pin GPIO
  • Programmable Peripheral Interface – PPI
  • Automatic smart power management
  • Full set of digital interfaces including: SPI/2-wire/I²S/UART/PDM/QDEC with EasyDMA
  • 12-bit/200 ksps ADC
  • 128-bit AES ECB/CCM/AAR co-processor
  • Integrated balun with 50 Ω single-ended output
  • Ultra low-power 32 kHz crystal and RC oscillators
  • Wide supply voltage range (1.7 V to 3.6 V)
  • On-chip DC/DC buck converter
  • Individual power management for all peripherals
  • QFN and WL-CSP package options
S212 (ANT)
S332 (ANT/BLE)
nRF52840

Advanced ANT/Bluetooth 5 SoC with USB

  • Bluetooth 5 ready multi-protocol radio
    • 2Mbps
    • Long range
    • Advertising extensions
    • Improved coexistence (CSA #2)
  • IEEE 802.15.4 radio support
    • Thread
    • Zigbee
  • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4F @ 64MHz
  • Up to 111 dB link budget for Bluetooth long range mode
  • Full-speed 12Mbs USB controller
  • NFC Tag-A
  • Software stacks available as downloads
  • Application development independent of protocol stack
  • Programmable output power from +8dBm to -20dBm
  • -96dBm Sensitivity for Bluetooth low energy
  • On-air compatible with nRF51, nRF24L and nRF24AP Series
  • Arm CryptoCell CC310 crytographic security module
  • High-precision RSSI
  • Wide supply voltage range + 1.7V to 5.5V
  • QSPI/SPI/2-wire/I²S/PDM/QDEC
  • Programmable Peripheral Interface - PPI
  • High speed SPI interface 32MHz
  • Quad SPI interface 32MHz
  • EasyDMA for all digital interfaces
  • RAM mapped FIFO using EasyDMA
  • 12bit/200K SPS ADC
  • 128 bit AES/ECB/CCM/AAR co-processor
  • Single-ended antenna output (on-chip balun)
  • On-chip DC-DC buck converter
  • Quadrature demodulator
  • Regulated supply for external components up to 25mA
S340 (ANT/BLE 5) 

 

Ask questions and share information on use of ANT with the nRF52832 in the ANT Forum.

Ask questions and share information on use of the nRF52832 in the Nordic Developer Zone.

Current Items Description Stack Download Commercial License Soft Device Update Version
S212-SD-v6.1.1 (latest) ANT SoftDevice Click here Click here 6.1.1
S312-SD-v6.1.1 (latest) ANT / BLE 5 SoftDevice for nRF52810. Click here Click here 6.1.1
S332-SD-v6.1.1 (latest) ANT / BLE SoftDevice for nRF52832 Click here Click here 6.1.1
S340-SD-v6.1.1 (latest) ANT / BLE 5 SoftDevice for nRF52840. Click here Click here 6.1.1
S212-SD-v5.0.0 ANT SoftDevice Click here Click here 5.0.0
S332-SD-v5.0.0 ANT / BLE SoftDevice Click here Click here 5.0.0
S212-SD-v4.0.5 ANT SoftDevice Click here Click here 4.0.5
S332-SD-v4.0.5 ANT / BLE SoftDevice Click here Click here 4.0.5

nRF52 Series SoftDevices from Nordic Semiconductor

Available here

For general information on licensing the ANT stacks for nRF52 Series see the FAQ (basic user account login required).

Previous Items Description Stack Download Soft Device Update Commercial License Version
S212-SD-v2.0.1 ANT SoftDevice Click here Click here 2.0.1
S332-SD-v2.0.1 ANT / BLE SoftDevice Click here Click here 2.0.1
S212-SD-v1.0.2 ANT only SoftDevice Click here Click here 1.0.2
S332-SD-v1.0.2 ANT / BLE SoftDevice Click here Click here 1.0.2
Current Items Description Version
S332 v2.0 SDS S332 SoftDevice Specification document 2.0
S212 v2.0 SDS S212 SoftDevice Specification document 2.0
S332 v1.0.2 SDS S332 SoftDevice Specification document 1.0
S212 v1.0.2 SDS S212 SoftDevice Specification document 1.0
Compatibility Information ANT Stack Compatibility Information - nRF52 Series 1.8
TN ANT Technical Note - Migrating an ANT nRF51 Project to nRF52 1.0
     
Other Resources    
nRF52832 Documentation nRF52832 product specification, reference designs, and other technical documents  
ANT Software tools ANTWare II, ObservANT, and others  
ANT Documentation ANT Message Protocol and Usage, application notes, ANT+ Device Profiles, and others  

 

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