Murata's dedicated starter kits speed design in RFIC circuits

10/26/2016

Overview

Murata has released two passive starter kits that provide reference design support for Nordic Semiconductor RFICs.  The kits are equipped with the passive components needed in the RF design associated with the Nordic chips for use in Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE), ANT and 2.4 GHz ultra-low power wireless applications.  The inclusion of all the passive components needed in one package greatly reduces the amount of time and effort required by designers to procure sample-use components.
For use with Nordic chips type nRF51x22 and nRF52x32, Murata's passive starter kits are based on Nordic's reference designs and have received full confirmation from Nordic.  Including ceramic capacitors, inductors and crystal devices, the kits are geared toward designers of smartphone accessories, home automation products, remote controls, various sensing devices and other IoT-related products and applications.  Together with the kit, Murata also includes various compact products designed for use in suggested small-scale applications such as wearable devices.

Nordic's nRF51 series is a family of highly flexible, multi-protocol, system-on-chip (SoC) devices for ultra-low power wireless applications.  nRF51 series devices support a range of protocol stacks including BLE (previously called Bluetooth Smart), ANT and proprietary 2.4GHz protocols such as Gazell. nRF51 series devices are also on-air-compatible with existing nRF24L products from Nordic Semiconductor.  The nRF51x22 series are designed for BLE, ANT and 2.4GHz ultra-low power wireless applications.
Nordic's nRF52 series re-defines the world of possibilities for BLE sensors and devices for the IoT area. Running at 64MHz it racks up impressive stats: EEMBC Coremark® score of 215 and 58 Coremark®/mA. Built in a cutting edge 55nm process technology, the nRF52 series is architected for today's need for speed, speed to carry out increasingly complex tasks in the shortest possible time and return to sleep, conserving precious battery power. Introducing a Cortex-M4F processor at its heart, it is the most capable Bluetooth low energy SoC on the market today.  The nRF52x32 series are designed for BLE, ANT 2.4GHz, and NFC applications, and are ideal for sensors and devices for the IoT (Internet of Things) world.
Moving forwards, Murata plans to expand its offering of BLE-support and other designer support tools geared toward the IoT market.

Passive Starter Kit


Terminology

Reference design: A technical blueprint of a system(s) for integrated circuits (ICs) and peripheral/related components, intended to enable IC-based functions.
Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com