Arduino Primo Base Board to Feature Native Bluetooth Low Energy Wireless Connectivity and NFC Touch-to-Pair Using Nordic nRF52832 SoCs

OSLO, Norway -- Nordic Semiconductor announces that Arduino has specified the Nordic's nRF52832 Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) System-on-Chip (SoC) for a new low cost IoT-targeted single board computer (or 'base board'). The Arduino Primo base board features native Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity and also includes NFC, Wi-Fi and infrared (IR) technologies. Previously users were required to add "shields" to upgrade Arduino to Bluetooth low energy technology.

In addition to being able to connect to Bluetooth low energy sensors, the Arduino Primo acts as a TCP / IP Internet client and server over Wi-Fi; uses the nRF52832 SoC's integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) for secure authentication and 'Touch-to-Pair'.

For all but the most advanced projects, programming will be done via the established Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) programming interface - designed to make electronics design easy for everyone regardless of experience.

For example, the nRF5 SDK for IoT allows more experienced users to develop IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy applications on the nRF52832 SoC, enabling the Arduino Primo to communicate with other Internet-connected "things" without requiring the resources of a Wi-Fi router or smartphone.

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