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

OSLO, Norway, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

The Arduino Primo integrates Bluetooth low energy, NFC 'Touch-to-Pair', Wi-Fi, and infrared connectivity, eliminating the cost and complexity of shields  

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that Arduino - the world's most successful open-source ecosystem for education, Maker, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets - has specified the Nordic's nRF52832 Bluetooth(R) low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) System-on-Chip (SoC) for a new low cost IoT-targeted single board computer (or 'base board').

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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.

"Our passion at Arduino is to provide the tools to encourage passionate people to build out their ideas and bring them into the world. Adding wireless connectivity from our partnership with Nordic provides even more options," says Federico Musto, CEO & President of Arduino S.r.L. "Ease-of-use is one of our core strengths, and this makes the Nordic chip a perfect match for the Arduino Primo," adds Musto.

"It was an easy decision when Arduino asked us to supply the nRF52832 SoC to form the heart of its first native Bluetooth low energy technology base board," comments Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Sales & Marketing. "Considering the popularity of the Arduino ecosystem I predict it won't be long before we see many innovative IoT applications using the Arduino Primo."

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CONTACT: Marketing contact: Anne Strand, Phone: +47 22 51 10 62, / Arduino PR contact: Kelly Brieger,, 650-704-1748

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