One of Glyn’s strong product partners Nordic Semiconductor, has recently announced a great product synergy.

The Nordic nRF52840 multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) and Nordic Zigbee software solution has been formally certified as a Zigbee Compliant platform to the current Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy specification by the Zigbee Alliance.

“What’s great about this solution is that the concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 / Bluetooth Low Energy operation allows Zigbee networks to benefit from all the features of a Bluetooth network including connecting to smartphones. This would allow you to perform firmware upgrades, for example, or control the Zigbee network directly from a smartphone or even remotely,” comments Pär Håkansson, Product Marketing Manager, Nordic Semiconductor.

This means Nordic customers can now build and ship commercial Zigbee 3.0 products by using the nRF52840 together with the nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee. And, as with Nordic’s other mesh solutions, concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth® 5/Bluetooth Low Energy operation is also supported.

During the Zigbee Compliance certification process using the latest nRF5 SDK for Thread and Zigbee and its integrated S140 v6.1 SoftDevice (or ‘stack’), the nRF52840 was concurrently connected to a Bluetooth 5 / Bluetooth Low Energy network the entire time.

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