Nordic nRF52

Configuration

platform = nordicnrf52

The nRF52 Series are built for speed to carry out increasingly complex tasks in the shortest possible time and return to sleep, conserving precious battery power. They have a Cortex-M4F processor and are the most capable Bluetooth Smart SoCs on the market.

For more detailed information please visit vendor site.

Tutorials

Examples

Examples are listed from Nordic nRF52 development platform repository:

Debugging

Debugging - “1-click” solution for debugging with a zero configuration.

Tools & Debug Probes

Supported debugging tools are listed in “Debug” column. For more detailed information, please scroll table by horizontal. You can switch between debugging Tools & Debug Probes using debug_tool option in “platformio.ini” (Project Configuration File).

Warning

You will need to install debug tool drivers depending on your system. Please click on compatible debug tool below for the further instructions.

On-Board Debug Tools

Boards listed below have on-board debug probe and ARE READY for debugging! You do not need to use/buy external debug probe.

Name

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

BBC micro:bit V2

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

BL652 Development Kit

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

BL653 Development Kit

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

BL654 Development Kit

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Delta DFBM-NQ620

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

ElectronutLabs Blip

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

ElectronutLabs Papyr

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Makerdiary nRF52832-MDK

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Makerdiary nRF52840-MDK

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Nordic nRF52-DK

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Nordic nRF52833-DK

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

Nordic nRF52840-DK

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Nordic nRF52840-DK (Adafruit BSP)

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

PHYTEC reel board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

PHYTEC reel board v2

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

RedBearLab BLE Nano 2

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

RedBearLab Blend 2

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

VNG VBLUno52

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

decaWave DWM1001 Module Development Board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

u-blox BMD-345-EVAL

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

u-blox EVK-NINA-B1

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

External Debug Tools

Boards listed below are compatible with Debugging but DEPEND ON external debug probe. They ARE NOT READY for debugging. Please click on board name for the further details.

Name

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

96Boards Nitrogen

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52832 Feather

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Adafruit CLUE nRF52840

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Adafruit Feather Bluefruit Sense

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Arduino Nano 33 BLE

NRF52840

64MHz

960KB

256KB

Bluey nRF52832 IoT

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Circuit Playground Bluefruit

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Holyiot YJ-16019

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Laird Connectivity Pinnacle 100 DVK

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Metro nRF52840 Express

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Nordic Thingy:52 (nRF52-PCA20020)

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Particle Argon

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Particle Boron

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Particle Xenon

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Raytac MDBT50Q-RX Dongle

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Ruuvi Tag

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

SDT52832B

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Taida Century nRF52 mini board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

hackaBLE

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Stable and upstream versions

You can switch between stable releases of Nordic nRF52 development platform and the latest upstream version using platform option in “platformio.ini” (Project Configuration File) as described below.

Stable

; Latest stable version
[env:latest_stable]
platform = nordicnrf52
board = ...

; Custom stable version
[env:custom_stable]
platform = nordicnrf52@x.y.z
board = ...

Upstream

[env:upstream_develop]
platform = https://github.com/platformio/platform-nordicnrf52.git
board = ...

Packages

Name

Description

framework-arduino-mbed

Arduino framework supporting mbed-enabled boards

framework-arduinoadafruitnrf52

Arduino Wiring-based Framework for Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 BLE SoC

framework-arduinonordicnrf5

Arduino Wiring-based Framework for Nordic Semiconductor nRF5 based boards

framework-cmsis

Vendor-independent hardware abstraction layer for the Cortex-M processor series

framework-mbed

Arm Mbed OS is a platform operating system designed for the internet of things

framework-zephyr

Zephyr is a new generation, scalable, optimized, secure RTOS for multiple hardware architectures

tool-adafruit-nrfutil

adafruit-nrfutil is a Python package that includes the adafruit-nrfutil command line utility and the nordicsemi library.

tool-bossac-nordicnrf52

Basic Open Source SAM-BA Application (BOSSA) for Nordic nRF52 microcontrollers

tool-cmake

CMake is an open-source, cross-platform family of tools designed to build, test and package software

tool-dtc

Device tree compiler

tool-gperf

GNU gperf is a perfect hash function generator

tool-jlink

Software and Documentation Pack for SEGGER J-Link debug probes

tool-ninja

Ninja is a small build system with a focus on speed

tool-nrfjprog

nRFx command line tools

tool-openocd

Open On-Chip Debugger. Free and Open On-Chip Debugging, In-System Programming and Boundary-Scan Testing

tool-sreccat

Collection of powerful tools for manipulating EPROM load files

toolchain-gccarmnoneeabi

GNU toolchain for Arm Cortex-M and Cortex-R processors

Warning

Linux Users:

Windows Users:

Please check that you have a correctly installed USB driver from board manufacturer

Frameworks

Name

Description

Arduino

Arduino Wiring-based Framework allows writing cross-platform software to control devices attached to a wide range of Arduino boards to create all kinds of creative coding, interactive objects, spaces or physical experiences

Mbed

Arm Mbed OS is an open source embedded operating system designed specifically for the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things. It includes all the features you need to develop a connected product based on an Arm Cortex-M microcontroller, including security, connectivity, an RTOS and drivers for sensors and I/O devices

Zephyr RTOS

The Zephyr Project is a scalable real-time operating system (RTOS) supporting multiple hardware architectures, optimized for resource constrained devices, and built with safety and security in mind

Boards

Note

96Boards

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

96Boards Nitrogen

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Adafruit

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52832 Feather

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Adafruit CLUE nRF52840

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Adafruit Feather Bluefruit Sense

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Express

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Circuit Playground Bluefruit

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

ItsyBitsy nRF52840 Express

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Metro nRF52840 Express

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Arduino

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Arduino Nano 33 BLE

External

NRF52840

64MHz

960KB

256KB

BBC

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

BBC micro:bit V2

On-board

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

Delta

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Delta DFBM-NQ620

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Electronut Labs

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Bluey nRF52832 IoT

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

hackaBLE

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

ElectronutLabs

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

ElectronutLabs Blip

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

ElectronutLabs Papyr

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Holyiot

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Holyiot YJ-16019

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Laird Connectivity

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

BL652 Development Kit

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

BL653 Development Kit

On-board

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

BL654 Development Kit

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Laird Connectivity Pinnacle 100 DVK

External

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Makerdiary

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Makerdiary nRF52832-MDK

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Makerdiary nRF52840-MDK

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Nordic

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Nordic Thingy:52 (nRF52-PCA20020)

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Nordic nRF52-DK

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Nordic nRF52833-DK

On-board

NRF52833

64MHz

512KB

128KB

Nordic nRF52840-DK

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Nordic nRF52840-DK (Adafruit BSP)

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

PHYTEC

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

PHYTEC reel board

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

PHYTEC reel board v2

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

Particle

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Particle Argon

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Particle Boron

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Particle Xenon

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

Raytac

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Raytac MDBT50Q-RX Dongle

External

NRF52840

64MHz

796KB

243KB

RedBearLab

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

RedBearLab BLE Nano 2

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

RedBearLab Blend 2

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Ruuvi

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Ruuvi Tag

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Sigma Delta Technologies

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

SDT52832B

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

Taida Century

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

Taida Century nRF52 mini board

External

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

VNG

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

VNG VBLUno52

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

decaWave

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

decaWave DWM1001 Module Development Board

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB

u-blox

Name

Debug

MCU

Frequency

Flash

RAM

u-blox BMD-345-EVAL

On-board

NRF52840

64MHz

1MB

256KB

u-blox EVK-NINA-B1

On-board

NRF52832

64MHz

512KB

64KB