Standing on marketing perspective point of view, iPhone user are often been viewed as a higher contribution margin group. Not only talking about consumer behavior, but also the motivation looking for device integrated with their own iOS devices. That explains why HomeKit devices recently has been widely spreading out in Apple stores or shops.
Wireless technology, says Bluetooth or WiFi, is the key role to connect between devices for Apple HomeKit implements. Surely, Bluetooth is more applicable than WiFi, not only easier to connect to iOS devices but also much lower power consumption and higher security level to rich consumer’s experience.
Raytac has been devoting to Bluetooth Low Energy module development for several years, started from BT4.0 to the latest. Raytac modules has selected Nordic’s solution, which is a highly optimized solution running HomeKit Accessory Protocol (HAP) and application firmware. The ultra-low power even enhance the design and usability for HomeKit devices implements.
After MFi Licenses program jointed, Nordic nRF5 HomeKit SDK is capable to access, Raytac expects to escalate the support ability in terms of hardware and firmware aspects for all customers who are interested in Apple HomeKit implements.
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Raytac is glad to announce that we has expanded our distributor network to Japan with 丸紅情報システムズ株式会社 (Marubeni Information Systems Co. Ltd.).The distribution agreement covers sales, marketing, and support for Raytac Corporation’s full range of Modules lines, including Nordic’s proven nRF51 Series, nRF52 Series, and nRF52840 in the territory.
With recent solid demand and positive feedback receiving from market, we strongly believe that IoT is the future to enhance people’s life.
With Marubeni Information Systems Co. Ltd. join Raytac’s module distribution network, we truly expect he complementary of network portfolio can bring the opportunity and competitive advantage along with a speedy and convenient accessibility for developers.
From IC Revision 1 to 2While there are quite a few changes available for review in the nRF52840 documentation, there is update that is particularly important for many users out there, including a large amount of our own customers. The update I am talking about is about the power supply.
First things first – if you’re interested in reading the whole documentation for Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840, then look no further than their Infocenter.
As you can see in the picture below, there’s a lot of information about LDO and DC/DC regulators. That is exactly the main topic of today’s post.
On nRF52840 version C, when changing from 5.5V to 3.3V, you had to use LDO mode in order for the chip to function properly. In the new chip version 2, you won’t have to change to LDO mode as you can directly use REG0 DC to DC.
I will let the Infocenter documentation speak for how it works in detail as quoted below:
The system contains two main supply regulator stages, REG0 and REG1.
Each regulator stage has the following regulator type options:
Low-dropout regulator (LDO)
Buck regulator (DC/DC)
In normal voltage mode, only the REG1 regulator stage is used and the REG0 stage is automatically disabled. In high voltage mode, both regulator stages (REG0 and REG1) are used. The output voltage of REG0 can be configured in register REGOUT0. This output voltage is connected to VDD and is the input voltage to REG1.
By default, the LDO regulators are enabled and the DC/DC regulators are disabled. Registers DCDCEN0 and DCDCEN are used to independently enable the DC/DC regulators for the two stages (REG0 and REG1 respectively).
When a DC/DC converter is enabled, the LDO for the corresponding regulator stage will be disabled. External LC filters must be connected for each of the DC/DC regulators being used. The advantage of using a DC/DC regulator is that the overall power consumption is normally reduced as the efficiency of such a regulator is higher than that of a LDO. The efficiency benefit of using a DC/DC regulator becomes particularly prominent when the regulator voltage drop (difference between input and output voltage) is high. The efficiency of internal regulators vary with the supply voltage and the current drawn from the regulators.
Note: Do not enable DC/DC regulator without an external LC filter being connected as this will inhibit device operation, including debug access, until an LC filter is connected.
We hope you get a better understanding about the update from nRF52840 Revision 1 to 2 and its power supply.
Raytac now has started supply module demo board, MDBT50Q-DB, build by nRF52840 v2 SoC.
If you would like to purchase our MDBT50Q-DB demo board (deployed module: MDBT50Q-1MV2) on it, you can get one on eBay or Verical.
We at Raytac wish you all a nice day and happy tinkering 🙂
LINE introduced an IoT platform “LINE Things” allows Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices integrated to LINE’s ecosystem through LINE Things and operate by LINE’s own developed LINE Front-end Framework (LIFF) application.
To introduce this edge cutting service network, LINE Things provides various development kits help developers easy reaching out the real scenario. The kit uses Raytac MDBT42Q-512KV2 module deployed Nordic nF52832 solution to built a completed LINE Things demo board, circuit diagram, hardware design reference, and even source code available published in GitHub. At the mean time, LINE also proposed a LINE Things Developer Trial Program in progress.
LINE, as one of the most popular instance messaging service provider in the world, now has brought the connection evolution from individual communication to social community. Raytac encourages developers to explore the LINE Things by visiting the hyper link provide in the article or direct contact LINE to understand more about the benefit which may tremendous change crowd’s life in the near future.
Raytac is glad to announce that we has expanded our distributor network to Turkey and Egypt. The distribution agreement with Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. covers FAE, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and support for Raytac Corporation’s full range of module lines, including nRF52840, nRF52811, nR52832 and nRF51 series in territory.
Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. was founded in 1980 and currently is the leading electronic components distributor in Turkey. The headquarter located in Istanbul and built up 4 sales offices and warehouse in major cities in Turkey cities(Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa). Employed RD FAE capability to support the development and evaluation consultant and also Marketing & Sales service.
Not only distribution service, Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. but also expanded business to PCB & PCB assembly, LED lighting solutions, aluminum coolers aimed to achieve the synergy collaboration all the way from product idea emerging, developing and mass production.
IoT now has become a part of people’s life experience and Bluetooth is the key protocol connecting between human and IoT appliance.
Raytac employees Nordic’s solution developed series of modules which is a recommended 3rd party module maker listed in Nordic website. All modules from Raytac comes with superior RF efficiency, reliable quality, Bluetooth certification granted, and FCC/IC/CE/Telec/KC/SRRC/NCC pre-certified. Developers who deployed Raytac’s module into products may save lots of efforts in RF design expertise and obtain the low cost and time-to-market efficiency.
With Raytac’ Bluetooth Low Energy module joined the line card, Özdisan Elektronik A.Ş. expects to advance the service from the Bluetooth world connecting to an unlimited future.
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