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Nordic BLE Mesh

Nordic's software development kit for Bluetooth mesh solutions

Image of Nordic Semiconductor's Nordic BLE MeshNordic offers a complete solution for the Bluetooth mesh specification with the nRF5 SDK for mesh and the nRF51 series and nRF52 series SoCs. It provides a powerful solution for product developers to take advantage of the new capabilities introduced by Bluetooth mesh. The nRF5 SDK for Mesh is intended to be used as a foundation for any Bluetooth mesh product development.

The addition of mesh networking capabilities to Bluetooth low energy (BLE) enables extended range, increases the number of nodes, and a many-to-many (m:m) communication topology. In a Bluetooth mesh network, every received packet is broadcasted by relays, until the packet is received by the destination node (a so called managed flooding mesh), a simple but effective way of spreading information across the mesh network with no single point of failure. The mesh functionality is a significant update and enables new applications for Bluetooth in smart home, lighting, beaconing, and asset tracking applications.

Bluetooth mesh network topology which can be created with the nRF5 SDK for mesh.

Features
  • Bluetooth mesh software core stack
  • Support for node with relay feature
    • Configurable scanning interval (from 3 ms to 10240 ms) and duty cycle
    • Configurable advertisement interval (from 20 ms to 10240 ms)
  • Broadcast flooding mesh
    • Theoretically up to 32,000 nodes
    • No routing feature or routing tables
    • No single point of failure
    • Node-to-node and node-to-group communication
    • Configurable time to live (TTL)
  • Example applications and proprietary models
  • Two-layer 128-bit AES-CCM network and transport security
  • Provisioning support
    • Provisioning over advertisement bearer
    • Proprietary “remote” provisioning over relaying nodes
  • Support for concurrent standard GATT/GAP and mesh connections
    • For connectivity to PCs and tablets
    • For beaconing
  • Support for network processor “two chip” configuration
  • Python shell based test and demo framework for PCs
  • Support for over-the-air secure background DFU
  • Cross-platform toolchain
    • ARM® GCC support
    • SEGGER Embedded Studio project files

nRF51822 and nRF52832 ICs

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAA-TIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN488 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAB-TIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN1450 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAA-R7IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN13386 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAB-R7IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN7306 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 62UFBGANRF51822-CFAC-RIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 62UFBGA4053 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAC-RIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN11698 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 56UFBGANRF51822-CDAB-RIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 56UFBGA412 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAC-R7IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN8950 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF51822-QFAC-TIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN491 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF52832-QFAA-RIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN47978 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFNNRF52832-QFAB-RIC RF TXRX+MCU BLUETOOTH 48VFQFN2230 - ImmediateView Details
IC RF TXRX+MCU ISM>1GHZ 50XFBGANRF52832-CIAA-RIC RF TXRX+MCU ISM>1GHZ 50XFBGA18937 - ImmediateView Details

Development Kits

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
DEV KIT FOR NRF52 BLE/NFCNRF52-DKDEV KIT FOR NRF52 BLE/NFC100 - ImmediateView Details
DEV KIT FOR NRF51 SERIESNRF51-DKDEV KIT FOR NRF51 SERIES576 - ImmediateView Details
DEV DONGLE USB FOR NRF51822/422NRF51-DONGLEDEV DONGLE USB FOR NRF51822/422152 - ImmediateView Details
Published: 2017-09-05