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  • Feb 01, 2016

    Updated S212 and S332 ANT Protocol Stacks now available for Nordic nRF52832 SoCs

    The latest alpha revisions of the ANT capable protocol stacks for Nordic nRF52832 SoCs are now available for download and evaluation. The latest 0.6.0alpha versions of the S212 ANT SoftDevice and the S332 ANT/BLE SoftDevice can be used with Nordic’s nRF SDK 11.0.0-2.alpha and the nRF52 Development Kit (PCA10040).

    The revision 0.6.0alpha stacks introduce new ANT and BLE protocol features. The addition of ANT Search Uplink enables the ability for applications to send messages from searching or background scanning channels without needing to synchronize. For BLE, the ability to control external Power Amplifiers and Low Noise Amplifiers using GPIO pins has been added.  Details on the updates are available in the release notes within the download packages.

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  • Dec 07, 2015

    Preview of nRF52 ANT Stack Commercial Use Agreement Terms Available

    A commercial use agreement and license key are required for use of ANT stacks with a Nordic nRF52 SoC in a product intended for commercial or revenue-generating purposes. The terms of the S212 and S332 ANT stack commercial use agreement are now available for preview.

    Details regarding the associated royalty fees and payment structure are outlined in the agreement document.

    Following Nordic Semiconductor’s production release of the nRF52832 SoC, the formal commercial use agreement in click-through form will be made available on thisisant.com for customers to accept and obtain a commercial license key.
    For uses not described within the commercial use agreement, please contact ANT Wireless at ANTStacks@thisisant.com for more assistance.

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  • Dec 02, 2015

    S212 and S332 ANT Protocol Stacks now available for Nordic nRF52832 Eng Rev B SoCs

    Alpha revisions of the ANT capable protocol stacks that are compatible with the Eng Rev B nRF52832 SoC devices from Nordic Semiconductor are now available for download and evaluation. These latest 0.5.0alpha versions of the S212 ANT SoftDevice and the S332 ANT/BLE SoftDevice can be used with Nordic’s nRF52 SDK 0.9.2 and the nRF52 Development Kit (PCA10040). 

    The revision 0.5.0alpha stacks have equivalent ANT and BLE protocol features to the previous release. New for this release is the addition of BLE connection configurability to the S332, and the requirement to use a license key with the S212 and S332 SoftDevices. Details on the updates and how to use the license key with the stacks for evaluation purposes are available in the release notes within the download packages.

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  • Aug 12, 2015

    N550 module released and N5150 receiving pre-orders

    We are pleased to provide several important product updates.

    N550 and N5150

    Several new models in our popular N5 module series are introduced:

    1. N550 series, using the nRF51422-CEAA V3 chip with 16K RAM. Already available.  
    2. N5150 series, using the nRF51422-CFAC with 32K RAM.  Pre-orders may be placed now. Expected volume availability is at the end of September.

    These N5 models are loaded with the newly released SoftDevice S210 V5.0.0, which includes two major enhancements to better serve today’s evolving wireless connection needs:

    1. The number of independent ANT channels supported has increased from 8 to 15;
    2. All ANT channels, instead of only one, are now capable of data encryption.

    These ANT feature enhancements are also found in the ANT/BLE dual protocol SoftDevice S310 V3.0.0.

    All new models are pin-compatible with the current N548 series and are available in the same M8 and M4 form factors with the same reel and tray packaging options. As the M5 form factor is for development purposes, we will provide the fully featured N5150M5CD (32K RAM) only

    Please refer the updated product page and datasheet.

    EN 300 328 V1.9

    All N5 modules will now have EN 300 328 v1.9 added to the EU compliance suite. We appreciate your input and patience, and are happy to deliver this report and an updated CE declaration of conformity on request. 

    N548 Discontinuation

    we are also announcing the discontinuation and last time buy period of the N548 module series (N548M4CB, N548M5CB and N548M8CB models). Current N548 module customers should naturally transition to the N550 series. For details, please refer to the product change notice APC_P271.

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  • Jul 17, 2015

    N5 Starter Kit SDK Version 3.0 and Update to OTA Updater

    A new version of the N5 Starter Kit SDK has been released and is available for download. This update is designed to work with version 9.0.0 of the Nordic SDK. Existing reference code examples including the bootloader have been updated to work with SoftDevices s210 V5.0 and s310 V3.0 and new examples have been added including:

    ANT Scalable Channels Demo
    Shows how to setup up to 15 ANT channels.

    ANT Scalable Encrypted Channels Demo
    Shows how to setup up to 15 encrypted ANT channels.

    ANT Scan and Forward Demo
    Demonstrates an implementation of an ANT adhoc multi-node solution.

    ANT Asynchronous Controller Demo
    Demonstrates how to use continuous scanning mode to asynchronously send a message to the nearest device. Compatible with Scan and Forward Demo.

    Refer to the updated N5 Starter Kit SDK User’s Manual for installation instructions and more information.

    OTA Updater 1.2 has been released to support over the air updates using the new bootloader designed for SoftDevices s210 V5.0 and s310 V3.0. OTA Updater 1.2 is also backwards compatible with the bootloader designed for SoftDevices s210 V4.0 and s310 V2.0.

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  • Feb 06, 2015

    N548 Module Upgraded to Rev B

    The N548 module is now upgraded to rev B.

    As part of our continuous improvement efforts, Dynastream is upgrading the N548 module series to rev B with new factory pre-loaded software. One significant enhancement of this upgrade is the addition of the ANT-WP (Wireless Programming) bootloader which enables over-the-air firmware updates. Other upgrades are the S210 SoftDevice and the ANT Network Processor code. The N5 ANT SoC Module Datasheet rev 1.4 has been released to detail all of the new added functions, as well as important notes thereof.

    Nowadays products are getting smarter and smaller with ever shorter cycles from design to market. With this, user friendly field updates providing new features or bug fixes becomes mandatory. Just about a month ago, the new N5 Starter Kit SDK was released with ANT DFU (Device Firmware Updates) reference codes. Now this over-the-air firmware update feature is embedded into the N5 module through the combination of three factory pre-loaded software components – the ANT-WP bootloader, the ANT Network Processor code and the S210 SoftDevice v.4.0.1.

    In the N5 module rev B, the firmware update function can be triggered either by tying one input pin to high during power up or by sending a serial command to the module. Not only does this firmware update feature enable out-of-the-box use (e.g. in a production line to load custom application), but it also showcases to developers how the OTA update feature can be tailored and implemented in different ways to fit in their product needs or unique use cases.

    With the release of rev B, we will also open a new ANT hardware product forum. Please join us as we would like to hear from you.

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  • Dec 15, 2014

    N5 Starter Kit SDK Version 2.0 and a New ANT Debugging Tool

    A new version of the N5 Starter Kit SDK has been released and is available for download. This update contains new reference designs for the nRF51422 including:

    ANT Background Scanning Demo
    Shows how to setup and use background scanning.

    ANT Relay Demo
    Demonstrates how to relay a message across multiple nodes by daisy chaining several devices together.

    ANT Auto Shared Channel Demo
    Shows how a shared channel network can be implemented using a master device and multiple slaves. This demo implements a handshaking mechanism to demonstrate how slave devices may be added and removed dynamically to and from the network.

    ANT Bootloader/DFU Demo
    Demonstrates how Over-the-Air (OTA) Device Firmware Updates (DFU) can be performed to wirelessly update the application, bootloader or SoftDevice.

    ANT Debug Demo
    Shows a sample implementation of debug messages which may be used to transmit useful information for debugging an application over ANT. It transmits the value stored in the device’s GPIO register, the state of the buttons on device, and some information about the health of the ANT channel.

    Refer to the N5 Starter Kit SDK User’s Manual for more information.

     

    A new debugging tool, ObservANT, is also available for download.

    ObservANT is a PC application which facilitates the debugging of applications wirelessly over ANT.

    Often it is difficult to debug embedded applications in place. For example, it may be inconvenient or impossible to attach debug wires to devices housed in restrictive enclosures, devices which have no debug pins exposed, or devices which are mounted in an inconvenient location such as a bicycle wheel or running shoe. A solution to this problem is to open an ANT channel for debugging and transmit the relevant information wirelessly. By formatting the debug information into debug messages, as defined in the ObservANT User Guide, ObservANT can display and log the data in a convenient way.

    The information being transmitted is up to the user, but may include things like register values, counter variables, current state of a state machine, ANT channel reception statistics, etc. ObservANT many be configured to display data as hex values, unsigned numbers, signed numbers or enumerations to match the type of information being sent by the device. Furthermore, ObservANT may send messages back to the device to request specific debug information.

    For more information see the ObservANT User's Guide and the previously mentioned ANT Debug Demo, which provides a sample implementation of debug messaging for use with ObservANT.

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  • Jul 24, 2014

    Demystifying ANT Topologies - 1

    Part I. Building Blocks

    The ANT protocol has been designed with flexibility in mind, supporting a variety of network topologies by offering several "building blocks" that can be mixed and matched as desired.

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  • May 13, 2014

    The Nordic Tech Tour is Underway!

    European engineers and developers are increasing their ANT skillset this May. The Nordic Tech Tour is being supported by one of the senior engineers from the ANT Applications Team, Alejandra Cano Tinoco, as she and a team of Nordic FAE/R&D personnel present a series of live workshops in key cities across Europe. The tour is designed to showcase the capabilities of the N5 module and nRF51 SoC; and includes an in-depth discussion of the flexibility of ANT. A hands-on demonstration will show how to create extended topologies from individual ANT building blocks.

    John Leonard, from Nordic Semiconductor describes the value of the sessions:

    "This will be a genuine and unique opportunity for developers to meet some of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable ULP wireless specialists and kickstart their next ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart product development within a single day. The day’s event will include an application walkthrough showing how to bridge the flexibility and extensibility of ANT networks to Bluetooth Smart Ready mobile devices.”

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  • Apr 28, 2014

    ANT+ Sync - A world of interoperable File Sharing

    Products can use ANT-File Share interoperably and independently of the type of data they gather.

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  • Mar 03, 2014

    Need to talk to phones? Use ANT!

    As per the press releases from last week, ANT is now in Samsung phones, Sony phones, and MediaTek’s new combo connectivity chip. So what does this add up to for developers and how many phones can ANT/ANT+ apps now work with?

    Today, the answer is that around 60 million phones have native ANT support. For comparison, approx 1 billion smartphones shipped last year globally, of which approx 80% run Android. (See below for info on connecting to phones without native ANT support.)

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  • Jan 09, 2014

    Manufacturer ID

    We have received several questions about manufacturer IDs: what they are used for, who needs one, and how to get hold of one. So, here’s everything you need to know...

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  • Dec 24, 2013

    Season’s Greetings!

    Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! It's been quite a year here at ANT+ and it wouldn't be possible without you!

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  • Sep 30, 2013

    Why you need to know about ANT+ Device Profile development

    If you work with ANT+ products, then you work with ANT+ Device Profiles on some level. By definition, every ANT+ product implements at least one ANT+ Device Profile; making it interoperable with other ANT+ products that implement the same ANT+ Device Profile.

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  • Jul 12, 2013

    Network Keys and the ANT+ Managed Network

    The network key is one of the channel configuration parameters that must be set correctly for devices to communicate. It is used to identify which network the device will operate on, and for ANT devices the radio will not hear transmissions occurring on other networks. The newest ANT devices can store up to 8 network keys at a time (older ANT devices can typically store up to 3) as network numbers 0 - 7 (or 0 - 2). Each ANT channel is then configured to use a specific network number.

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