Currently at engineering release stage, a full production grade Zigbee 3.0-certified release is planned for the second half of this year. The Zigbee solution expands Nordic's mesh networking product solution, which currently includes Bluetooth mesh and Thread. The nRF52840 SoC and S140 v6.0 SoftDevice ("stack") support concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth 5/BLE operation.
Nordic's multiprotocol solution for the nRF52840 SoC facilitates use cases that allow the use of several wireless technologies. For example it can control a Zigbee smart lighting network from a smartphone via Bluetooth 5. The SDK provides examples of concurrent operations using Zigbee and Bluetooth 5.
Zigbee supports large mesh networks and low power operation for extending battery life.
"Nordic's strategy is to support the leading standards-based low power wireless protocols on its silicon and through its development tools," says Geir Langeland, Nordic's Director of Sales & Marketing. "Zigbee is one of those leading standards, so we are pleased to soon offer a certified, concurrent support solution for Zigbee and Bluetooth 5 to provide developers with complete flexibility in their wireless IoT designs."