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Nordic Semiconductor ships 500 million 2.4GHz wireless chips

Despite the challenge of a tough global economic environment, ultra low power wireless pioneer Nordic Semiconductor reaches half-a-billion 2.4GHz chip shipments

Oslo, Norway – October 6, 2011 – Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA today announces that it shipped its 500 millionth 2.4GHz ULP wireless chip during the summer.

Nordic Semiconductor is a Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specializing in ULP short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands. Nordic single-handedly pioneered the ULP wireless sector during the 1990s with its proprietary sub-1-GHz and 2.4GHz solutions, and – together with ANT Wireless of Cochrane, Canada – the first ANT+ interoperable connectivity solutions.

More recently, due in large part to Nordic’s persistent efforts to continually develop, enhance, and expand the reach of ULP wireless – the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) incorporated Bluetoothlow energy – an ultra low power wireless variant of classic Bluetooth wireless technology – as a hallmark feature in the latest version of the standard, the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0.

Nordic’s latest 2.4GHz ULP wireless chip solutions comprise the nRF24L and nRF24 Audio Streamer Series, nRF24AP2 ANT Series, and Bluetooth low energy nRF8001 µBlue Series.

"No company has spent more time specializing in ULP wireless than Nordic Semiconductor,” comments Geir Langeland, the company's Director of Sales & Marketing. “This commitment has resulted in several generations of leading wireless connectivity solutions – each building on the previous technology – that can run for months or even years from power sources as small a watch batteries. 

“What marks Nordic's solutions out, however, is that this is achieved while meeting or exceeding customer expectations in terms of sophistication/features, performance, and price."

Nordic’s products are especially suited to high-volume yet cost-sensitive consumer products in market segments such as wireless PC peripherals (e.g. keyboards and mice), sports & fitness (e.g. heart-rate sensors and foot pods), gaming (controllers and headsets), cellphone accessories (e.g. proximity key fobs), consumer electronics (e.g. RF remotes and audio streaming), automation (home and industrial), healthcare (e.g. remote patient monitoring), and toys (e.g. remote controlled racing cars).

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