Nordic Semiconductor: New Design and Solution Partners Will Help Customers Accelerate Product Development

Nordic Semiconductor announced the expansion of its successful Nordic Partner Program with the addition of three new design and solution partners. The new partners will provide Nordic customers with access to an expanded ecosystem of companies with the experience and expertise in the company’s solutions to help bring wireless products to market faster.

Launched last year, the Nordic Partner Program includes “Design Partners” and “Solution Partners” who can help Nordic customers by providing products, services and solutions that complement Nordic’s portfolio of hardware. Short-range, low-power wireless IoT connectivity, firmware, development tools, and reference designs. Joining the program are antenna innovator and off-the-shelf antenna solution provider Ignion; AVSystem, a leader in IoT device management and lightweight M2M (LwM2M) cloud connectivity; and cloud-based remote debugging and monitoring specialist, Memfault.

Facilitate wireless development

“Developing cellular IoT or short-range wireless technology can be complex, requiring a number of parties to help develop a product and get it into production,” said Lorenzo Amicucci, business development manager, Nordic. semiconductor. “As such, we are delighted to welcome Ignion, AVSystem and Memfault to the Partner Program and appreciate that together we can help customers quickly turn their ideas into the connected products of the future.”

Design and Solution Partners

Design and solution partner Ignion’s “Virtual Antenna®” technology is already deployed in more than 30 million devices worldwide, including the Nordic Thingy:91 cellular IoT prototyping platform. The Small Multi-Band Multi-Protocol SMD Antenna offers customers developing with the Nordic Thingy:91 or nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) the ability to bring their cellular IoT designs to market faster with rugged long range, the extended battery and in a compact size, even if they have no prior expertise in RF or antenna design.

To get a head start, developers take advantage of Ignion’s free Antenna Intelligence Cloud service. Within 24 hours, users receive a custom antenna design for their device along with a simulation report including antenna efficiency graphs, easy tuning tips, and design recommendations for optimal RF performance. Using Virtual Antenna technology shortens the development process, and Ignion guides users through antenna system design, integration, and testing, avoiding design errors that delay system certification. product and time to market.

“Designing IoT products with cellular connectivity has previously been challenging, but by leveraging virtual antenna technology from the start, developers ensure high and reliable RF performance,” said Johan Pedersen, senior director of business development at Ignion. . “The partnership between Ignion and Nordic lowers the barrier to robust RF by providing powerful, easy-to-use development tools that allow customers to get their IoT design from day one without being RF experts.”

Device lifecycle management products from new solution partner AVSystem ensure seamless interoperable LwM2M connectivity between Nordic’s nRF Connect SDK and AVSystem’s “Coiote IoT Device Management” platform. Developers building IoT devices based on the nRF9160 SiP can take advantage of AVSystem support directly from the nRF Connect SDK, simplifying enabling LwM2M connectivity on the nRF9160 SiP and connecting to the service AVSystem Cloud.

This gives developers confidence in implementing the standard and ensures out-of-the-box support for the nRF Connect SDK and Coiote IoT device management platform for building new IoT applications. Additional services and integrations will be added soon, including nRF Cloud Location Services which will be directly available from AVSystem’s Cloud Platform.

“Once deployed, many IoT applications do not function properly or completely fail due to network configuration issues, power supply fluctuations, or because maintenance is a challenge for service providers, among many many other causes,” says Artur Wróbel, Business Development Manager, IoT, AVSystem. “With this partnership, customers have unrestricted access to their device in the field that is fully controllable, predictable and manageable with remote diagnostics from day one of development until many years after deployment.”

Solution partner Memfault’s firmware observability platform enables IoT developers to remotely debug issues, deploy firmware updates OTA, and continuously monitor fleets of connected devices at scale. Nordic customers using the low-power cellular IoT solutions and the nRF91, nRF53 or nRF52 series short-range wireless solutions enjoy free access to the Memfault platform by integrating their devices in minutes via the nRF Connect SDK, allowing them to accelerate product development and easily update products after release.

With Memfault’s automatic data extraction, fault analysis, and alerting capabilities, developers have full visibility into device and fleet-level metrics such as connectivity and low state. consumption, as well as detailed firmware diagnostic information such as stack traces and coredumps. Using this information, developers can cause issues with hardware data and send over-the-air (OTA) updates to fix devices before end users notice and report any issues.

“As device complexity increases, more and more faults escape into the field, consuming increasing amounts of engineering and support resources,” said François Baldassari, founder and CEO of Memfault. “Rather than relying on customer complaints and manually collected logs, Memfault’s integration with the nRF Connect SDK gives hardware developers a scalable and reliable path to debug issues in the field, helping customers to iterate and continuously improve firmware on deployed devices.”

Abdul J. Gaspar