Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840 Sense is a tiny Bluetooth LE development board designed for IoT and AI applications. It features an onboard antenna, 6 Dof IMU, microphone, all of which make it an ideal board to run AI using TinyML and TensorFlow Lite.
- Powerful CPU: Nordic nRF52840, ARM® Cortex™-M4 32-bit processor with FPU operating at 64 MHz
- Wireless capabilities: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and ZigBee module with onboard Bluetooth antenna
- Ultra-small size: 21 x 17.5mm, Seeed Xiao series classic form-factor for wearable devices
- Ultra-low sleep power: 5 μA, deep sleep model
- Battery charging chip: BQ25101 chip supported lithium battery charge management
- Rich interface: 1x Reset button, Ix UART, 1x IIC, 1x SPI, 1x NFC, 1x SWD, 11x GPIO, 6x ADC, 1x Three-in-one LED,1x User LED
- Onboard 2 MB flash
- Onboard microphone
- Onboard 6-axis IMU
- Single-sided components, surface mounting design
- Corresponded to TinyML AI project: Sensing, Processing, Communication 3 in 1 Node
As the advanced version of the board XIAO BLE, Seeed XIAO BLE Sense has equipped a powerful Nordic nRF52840 MCU which is designed in a Bluetooth 5.0 module, built around 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4 CPU with Floating-Point Unit(FPU) operating at 64Mhz. With the capabilities of wireless connection, it still remains the Seeed XIAO series classic form-factor of small and exquisite which can be used for wearable devices and Internet of Things projects. Furthermore, it only costs 5 μA in the deep sleep model and it supports battery charge management because of the BQ25101 chip.
All the I/O pins are 3.3V, please do not input more than 3.3V, otherwise, the CPU may be damaged.
|Seeed XIAO BLE Sense - nRF52840||x1|
|7 Pins Header||x2|
In addition, it carries two extra onboard sensors. One of them is a digital microphone created through Pulse Density Modulation(PDM) module on the nRF52840 chip. It can receive audio data in real-time which allows it can be used for audio recognition. The board not only receives audio data but also can speak through the MSM261D3526H1CPM microphone. The other one is 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU) which can be applied in TinyML projects like gesture recognition. These onboard sensors provide a great convenience for users and the ultra-small size feature of the board has still remained.
Same as XIAO BLE, Seeed XIAO BLE Sense contains a wealthy interface. The first thing to note is that the Near Field Communication(NFC) is functional on the board. Secondly, there is a tiny and elegant reset button on one side of the Type-C interface. On the other side, it is designed in a three-in-one LED along with a power LED. There are 11 digital i/o that can be used as PWM pins and 6 analog i/o that can be used as ADC pins. It supports UART, IIC, and SPI all three common serial ports. Same as Seeed XIAO RP2040, it has an onboard 2 MB flash which means it can also be programmed by Arduino, MicroPython, CircuitPython, or other program languages.
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|Item||Seeed XIAO BLE - nRF52840||Seeed XIAO BLE Sense - nRF52840|
| Processor|| Nordic nRF52840|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| ARM® Cortex®-M4 with FPU run up to 64 MHz|
| Wireless|| Bluetooth 5.0/NFC/Zigbee|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| On-chip Memory|| 1 MB flash and 256 kB RAM|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| Onboard Memory|| 2 MB QSPI flash|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| Interface|| 1xUART, 1xIIC, 1xSPI, 1xNFC, 1xSWD,|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| 11xGPIO(PWM), 6xADC|
| Sensors|| || Onboard PDM digital microphone|
| Onboard 6-axis IMU|
| Dimensions|| 21 x 17.5mm|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| Power|| Circuit operating voltage: 3.3V@200mA|| The same as XIAO BLE|
| Charging current: 50mA/100mA|
| Input voltage (VIN): 5V|
| Standby power consumption: <5μA|
- Wearable devices
- Wireless connect
- Embedded machine learning projects
- IoT and TinyML AI application
- Perfect for mini Arduino projects
LEARN AND DOCUMENTS
- BQ25101 Datasheet
- ST LSM6DS3TR Datasheet
- Nano BLE MCU-nRF52840 PS v1.1
- Seeed XIAO nRF52840 v1.0 SCH
- Seeed XIAO BLE nRF52840 BLE Communication Distance Test Report
[Wiki] XIAO BLE
This wiki will help you quickly get started with Seeed XIAO BLE.
Here is a XIAO BLE Sense user and he uses the 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) on the board to measure yaw, pitch & roll. For the application, he uses just yaw to "open & close" the Fibonacci64 Nano like an aperture in Arduino.
On this page, the user provides a tutorial about controlling a WS2812B LED strip to make it shine in different colors with the XIAO BLE.