The BLE Mcicro is a low cost ARM cortex-m0 based module for Bluetooth® Smart designs with the nRF51822 SoC. The module gives access to at most 23 GPIO pins via pin pads and incorporates an on board PCB antenna to minimize material cost but also with a good performance.The application engineers can easily apply the module for theirs application without worrying about the specific impedance matching or soldering fine pitch related radio designing issues.
Multi-protocol 2.4GHz radio
32-bit ARM Cortex M0 processor
256kB flash/16kB RAM
Programmable output power from +4dBm to -20dBm
Flexible and configurable 23 pin GPIO
Wide supply voltage range (1.8 V to 3.6 V)
|Microprocessor||nRF51822 based on 32-bit ARM Cortex M0|
|Outline Dimension||13.0mm x 18.5mm x 2.3mm|
|On-air data rate||250 kbps, 1 Mbps or 2 Mbps|
|Output power||Programmable: +4 to -20dBm in 4dB steps|
|Sensitivity||-92.5dBm Bluetooth low energy /96dBm at 250kb/-90dBm at 1Mbs/-85dBm at 2Mbs|
|Radio current consumption LDO at 1.8V||16mA – TX at +4dBM output power/10.5mA – TX at 0dBm output power/13mA – RX at 1Mbs|
|Radio current consumption DC-DC at 3V||10.5mA – TX at +4dBm output power/8.1mA – TX at 0dBm output power/9.5mA – RX at 1Mbs|
|System current consumption||420nA – No RAM retention/530nA - 8k RAM retention/2μA – All peripherals in IDLE mode|
|Hardware Security||128-bit AES ECB/CCM/AAR co-processor|
|Peripherals||10-bit ADC/Temperature sensor/RTC/RNG|
Bottom view of BLE Micro:
Note: the pin SWDIO is also nRESET.
There are two batches of BLE Micro modules, one with Nordic S110 SoftDevice 6.0 and "DfuTarg" BLE device name, one with S110 SoftDevice 7.0 and "SD7DFU" BLE device name. The BLE Micro has a pre-flashed OTA bootloader. To enter OTA mode:
connect p18 of the BLE Micro to GND
power on the BLE Micro
a BLE device named DfuTarg (with SoftDevice 6.0) or SD7DFU (with SoftDevice 7.0) can be scaned
use nRF Master Control Panel to upgrade the BLE app
Download & Debug through SWD interface¶
We can download and debug new application of BLE Micro with an Arch BLE or a J-Link through SWD interface. The Arch BLE is a BLE Micro + a CMSIS DAP interface which provides features like drag-n-drop programming, debug and USB virtual serial port communication.
By default, the BLE Micro is acted as a BLE to UART device. It can be connected to Android or iOS.
BLE Device Name: nRF UART
UART RX: p7
UART TX: p8
UART Baud: 38400
Android App: nRF UART on Goole Play
iOS App: nRF UART on iTunes