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October 28, 2015 08:00 ET

ANT Wireless Announces Protocol Stacks for the Nordic nRF52 Series SoCs Now Available for Evaluation

COCHRANE, AB--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - ANT Wireless, proven innovator in ultra low power (ULP) wireless technology, today announced that the ANT capable protocol stacks targeted exclusively for the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52 Series SoCs are now available for evaluation. The company will be licensing alpha releases of the S212 ANT SoftDevice and the S332 concurrent ANT/Bluetooth(R) Low Energy (BLE) SoftDevice.

With ANT, developers using the nRF52 benefit from the protocol's built-in highnode count connectivity solutions that are being used by an ever increasing number of ANT+ and ANT product developers both in the protocol's traditional market of sport and fitness, and the expanding Internet of Things segment.

The first alpha versions of the ANT stacks are compatible with the nRF52832 Engineering Revision A sample devices. Features of the ANT stacks include:

  • Support for scalable ANT channels (up to 15 channels), all with selectable encryption.
  • Configurable ANT transmit buffer size.
  • Bluetooth functionality in the concurrent ANT/BLE S332 SoftDevice similar to that provided in Nordic's first alpha release of the S132 SoftDevice
  • The Bluetooth Smart compatibility offers three central + 1 peripheral connection, in addition to broadcaster and observer roles.

"We worked closely with Nordic to ensure the integrity and reliability of the stacks for the nRF52 Series," said James Fujimoto, Director of ANT Wireless. "We are looking forward to seeing the innovations that the developer community will make with these new stacks."

The new features provide increased flexibility for developers allowing them to create more complex applications addressing wider use cases.

Built around a 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4F CPU with 512kB + 64kB RAM, Nordic Semiconductor's nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC offers record breaking performance to application developers with on-chip NFC™-A tag support.

The stacks can be downloaded for evaluation from the ANT website, here: www.thisisant.com/developer/components/nrf52832.

Alpha versions of the ANT stacks for the Engineering Revision B sample devices are expected to be available in November.

About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com):
ANT is an established protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. With over 100 million devices in the market, ANT+ facilitates interoperability between ANT+ products and the collection and automatic transfer of sensor data. Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network keys.

ANT+ is the pervasive ULP wireless technology facilitating the capture of critical market share in the exploding mobile sensor sector. This standardized communication platform enables quick-to-market solutions for application developers, sensor manufacturers, and cell phone makers. ANT+ has amassed an ecosystem of world-class technology vendors in the ANT+ Alliance, an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. These industry leaders offer readily-available brand name products for sport, wellness management and home health monitoring. Visit thisisant.com/directory for a complete listing of ANT+ certified and verified products.

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. (www.dynastream.com). Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology.

ANT+ Product Directory (www.thisisant.com/directory):
The ANT+ Product Directory is a complete inventory of all ANT+ certified or verified products. It is a tool designed specifically to help consumers source hundreds of industry-leading devices and all compatible products within the vast ANT+ ecosystem. Apps and devices may be searched by product name, brand, activity or product category, allowing the consumer to create a monitoring system that meets their specific needs.

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