Nordic Semiconductor

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Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Public limited, OSE: NOD
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 1983; 34 years ago (1983)
Headquarters Trondheim, 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]
Number of employees
185 (2012)

Nordic Semiconductor (OSE: NOD, formerly Nordic VLSI) is a fabless semiconductor company. The company specializes in ultra-low power performance wireless system on a chip (SoC) and connectivity devices for the 2.4 GHz ISM band, with power consumption 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 Det Norske Veritas (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.


Nordic Semiconductor nRF24LE1 - Wireless System On-Chip Solution

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. Initially the company focused on the design of mixed-signal application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) within the Nordic region. In 1996, the firm went public on the Norwegian stock exchange, where it still trades as of 2016. 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 the 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 named the nRF51 Series and they incorporate the ARM Cortex-M series microcontrollers at their core.


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


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