NRF51-DONGLE: Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE) & ANT/ANT+


The nRF51 Dongle is a development tool for making Bluetooth® Smart, ANT and 2.4GHz applications using the nRF51 Series SoCs. It has a standard USB connector and can be plugged directly into a PC USB port. The nRF51 Dongle supports standard Nordic tool-chain software with Segger J-Link OB Program/ Debug and also ARM® mbed software. Additionally there is a user-programmable RGB LED and 6 solder pads for GPIO/interface connections.

The nRF51 Dongle can be used as a useful and highly cost effective Bluetooth Smart packet sniffer using Nordic nRFSniffer software allowing detailed data related to Bluetooth Smart communication to be captured and analyzed. Using the Master Emulator firmware and the Master Control Panel Software it enables setting up of a peer device that you can use to test the connection of your application.

The nRF51 Dongle combined with the nRF51 SDK forms a complete solution for product development based on nRF51 series chips.

The nRF51 Dongle is fitted with the nRF51422 chip, which is a powerful, highly flexible multi-protocol System on Chip (SoC) ideally suited for ANT™/ANT+, Bluetooth® low energy (BLE), and 2.4 GHz proprietary ultra-low power wireless applications.

And, if you are not using the ANT protocol, you can use the nRF51822 chip in your end product - without any changes needed to your code.


Manufacturer Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Category Wireless Communication
Sub-Category Transceivers - TXRX
Eval Board Board not Stocked
Protocol ANT/ANT+
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Data Rate (Max) Up to 1 Mbps
Frequency 2.4 GHz
Range - Not Given
Features GPIO: 6
USB Interface
Component Count + Extras 73 + 2
Design Author Nordic Semiconductor
Application / Target Market RF: BlueTooth
Main I.C. Base Part nRF51422
Date Created By Author 2014-10
Date Added To Library 2020-10