Nordic Semiconductor Launches the nRF24L01(TM) - an Industry First Single Chip 2.4GHz 2Mbit/s Ultra-Low Power and Ultra-Low Cost MultiCeiver(TM) Solution With Embedded Link Layer Logic

Sep 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from Nordic Semiconductor

    OSLO, Norway, September 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The latest device in
 Nordic Semiconductors extensive portfolio of 2.4GHz wireless IC's merges high
 speed with ultra-low power and cost. The new nRF24L01 will enable ultra-low
 cost and power applications such as wireless desktops and intelligent sports
 equipment. The chip is a perfect fit for advanced multimedia solutions like
 Voice over IP (VoIP). This is possible through the innovative MultiCeiver(TM)
 solution in which on-chip hardware supports up to six simultaneous wireless
     nRF24L01 - Fully Featured 2.4GHz Transceiver Enables Market Leading
 Solution Cost
     The nRF24L01 is developed in cooperation with leading customers in their
 respective segments. Every feature is carefully evaluated and selected to
 minimize solution cost and optimize value for end products.
     The Nordic solution will enable the absolutely lowest bill of material
 (BOM) in any portable 2.4GHz battery operated device today.
     - MultiCeiver(TM) HW for 6 devices enables multimedia desktops
     - On-chip Link Layer logic simplifies firmware design
     - 2Mbit/s enables high quality VoIP
     - Relaxed external component specification for ultra low solution cost
     - +/- 60 ppm crystal
     - Chip inductors in antenna match
     - No need for multi-layer PCB
     - 5V tolerant signal input pads
     - No need for level shifters in USB interfaces
     - Enhanced ShockBurst(TM) and serial interface for lowest cost MCU
     - No need for a microcontroller with hardware SPI, even when running a
       bi-directional link
     - 20 pin 4x4mm QFN Package Pb-free "Green" technology, RoHS compatible
     - Very few external components
     Industry Leading Power Consumption
     The nRF24L01 represents a breakthrough for coin cell battery operated
 equipment in the 2.4GHz frequency band. The entire solution including Link
 Layer and MultiCeiver logic more than doubles the battery lifetime compared
 to existing nRF24XX solutions from Nordic. This further widens the gap
 between Nordic and its competitors. Compared to existing Bluetooth(TM)
 technology the nRF24L01 consumes fractions of the power whilst at the same
 time offering higher effective data speeds.
     - 12.5mA peak RX current, 2Mbit/s
     - 11mA peak TX current @ 0dBm Pout, 2Mbit/s
     - 2Mbit/s data rate enables extremely low average power consumption
     - 400nA supply current in power down mode
     - 32uA standby current in standby mode
     - 130usec switching time and wakeup from standby mode
     - On-chip voltage regulators
     - 1.9V to 3.6V
     - Maximum noise immunity
     The Embedded Link Layer Control Reduces MCU Complexity and Cost
     The Enhanced ShockBurst(TM) feature incorporating the entire link layer
 needed for a bidirectional protocol eliminates the need for an application
 MCU with high clock speed and large memory, which further the external power
 budget in the application.
     Unmatched Radio Performance
     The nRF24L01 is designed for an easy worldwide regulatory approval. The
 component includes a Carrier Sense signal which is used to detect frequency
 stationary systems such as WLAN. The high speed combined with unique
 switching times virtually eliminates any chance of collision with frequency
 hopping systems such as Bluetooth(TM)
     - Mouse and keyboard
     - Mobile Handsets
     - Intelligent Sports Equipment
     - Remote control
     - Voice applications
     - Security
     - Toys
     Availability and Pricing
     The nRF24L01(TM) is available as of today. Volume shipments commence Dec
 2005. The nRF24L01(TM) is priced very competitively at USD 1.20 in 10K
     About Nordic Semiconductor ASA
     Founded in 1983, Nordic Semiconductor has evolved steadily from the
 traditional ASIC design house into a leading European fabless semiconductor
 supplier. With world-class IC design expertise focused on RF/mixed-mode and
 advanced back-end/physical design capabilities, Nordic is currently marketing
 and selling three product families: a ground-breaking portfolio of standard
 components for wireless communication, high performance data converter IPs
 and custom design and manufacturing services (ASIC). With the ultra compact
 2.4GHz transceiver and transmitter families, nRF24XX, the company has
 established itself as a market leader within the wireless personal interface
 segment comprising applications such as game pads, keyboard/mouse and sports
 quipment. Nordic's products are manufactured on ultra modern technologies
 through strong relationships with world leading manufacturing facilities and
 are sold through a world-wide distribution network. The company has offices
 in Trondheim and Oslo, Norway, as well as Hong Kong, and is listed on the
 Norwegian Stock Exchange (OSX: NOD). All operations are managed according to
 the ISO 9001-approved quality assurance system.

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