Nordic Semiconductor

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Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Type Public limited, OSE: NOD
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 1983
Headquarters Trondheim and Oslo, Norway
Key people CEO: Svenn-Tore Larsen, Chairman: Tore Engebretsen
Products Wireless semiconductor components, integrated circuits
Revenue Red Arrow Down.svg131.8 million USD (2012) [1]
Employees 185 (2012)
Website www.nordicsemi.com

Nordic Semiconductor (OSE: NOD) (formerly Nordic VLSI) is a fabless semiconductor company. The company specializes in ultra low-power wireless SoCs(System-on-chip)and connectivity devices for the 2.4 GHz ISM band, with ultra-low power performance and cost being the main focus areas. Typical end-user applications are consumer electronics, wireless mobile phone accessories "Appcessories", wireless gamepad, mouse and keyboard, intelligent sports equipment, wireless medical, remote control, wireless voice/audio applications (e.g. Voice over IP), security and toys.

Nordic Semiconductor has been ISO 9001 certified by DNV since 1996, and the certificate was upgraded to ISO 9001-2000 in 2001. In 1996, Nordic Semiconductor was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange's SME list.

History[edit]

Nordic Semiconductor was initially founded as Nordic VLSI(NVLSI) in Trondheim,Norway in 1983. The company was formed by four post-graduates from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU. Initially the company focused on the design of mixed-signal ASICs within the Nordic region. The company went public on the Norwegian stock exchange in 1996 where it still currently trades. In 1998 NVLSI released their first wireless standard products in the 433 MHz ISM band. In 2003 NVLSI was renamed Nordic Semiconductor, often known as Nordic Semi, to reflect to company's full focus on ultra low-power wireless devices. The same year saw the release of Nordic Semiconductor's first wireless devices at 2.4 GHz. Since 2003 Nordic Semiconductor has maintained a clear focus on wireless products for the 2.4 GHz band and has seen its devices used in a wide range of branded consumer electronic products. Nordic Semiconductor maintains an especially dominant position in the wireless sports & fitness and wireless desktop peripheral markets.

Nordic Semiconductor have products that support 3 main connectivity topologies: Bluetooth low energy, ANT+ and 2.4 GHz proprietary protocols.

2012 saw the release of Nordic Semi's 3rd generation of ultra low power wireless products. This family of products is known as the nRF51 series and they incorporate the ARM Cortex-M series microcontrollers at their core.

Products[edit]

Nordic Semiconductor designs and produces SoC(System-on-chip)and connectivity solutions primarily for the ISM bands at 2.4 GHz and 868/915 MHz bands. Current products include SoCs incorporating the ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller core.

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Locations[edit]

Nordic Semiconductor is headquartered in Trondheim, Norway where the company's R&D team is also located. Regional offices are located in Oslo, Sunnyvale, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei.

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