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README.md

Arduino Core for Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52 Boards

This repository contains the Arduino BSP for Adafruit nRF52 series:

BSP Installation

There are two methods that you can use to install this BSP. We highly recommend the first option unless you wish to participate in active development of this codebase via Github.

Recommended: Adafruit nRF52 BSP via the Arduino Board Manager

  1. Download and install the Arduino IDE (At least v1.6.12)
  2. Start the Arduino IDE
  3. Go into Preferences
  4. Add https://www.adafruit.com/package_adafruit_index.json as an 'Additional Board Manager URL'
  5. Restart the Arduino IDE
  6. Open the Boards Manager from the Tools -> Board menu and install 'Adafruit nRF52 by Adafruit'
  7. Once the BSP is installed, select 'Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52 Feather' from the Tools -> Board menu, which will update your system config to use the right compiler and settings for the nRF52.

Optional (Core Development): Adafruit nRF52 BSP via git

  1. Install BSP via Board Manager as above to install compiler & tools.
  2. Delete the core folder nrf52 installed by Board Manager in Adruino15, depending on your OS. It could be
  • macOS : ~/Library/Arduino15/packages/adafruit/hardware/nrf52
  • Linux : ~/.arduino15/packages/adafruit/hardware/nrf52
  • Windows: %APPDATA%\Local\Arduino15\packages\adafruit\hardware\nrf52
  1. cd <SKETCHBOOK>, where <SKETCHBOOK> is your Arduino Sketch folder:
  • macOS : ~/Documents/Arduino
  • Linux : ~/Arduino
  • Windows: ~/Documents/Arduino
  1. Create a folder named hardware/Adafruit, if it does not exist, and change directories to it
  2. Clone this repo: git clone https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_nRF52_Arduino.git
  3. Restart the Arduino IDE
  4. Once the BSP is installed, select 'Adafruit Bluefruit nRF52 Feather' from the Tools -> Board menu, which will update your system config to use the right compiler and settings for the nRF52.

Adafruit's nrfutil tools

adafruit-nrfutil (derived from Nordic pc-nrfutil) is needed to upload sketch via serial port.

  • For Windows and macOS, pre-built executable binaries are included in the BSP at tools/adafruit-nrfutil/. It should work out of the box.

  • Linux user need to run follow command to install it from PyPi

    $ pip3 install adafruit-nrfutil --user
    

Drivers

Bootloader Support

Upgrade existing Bootloader

Bluefruit's Bootloader is self-upgradable, you could upgrade to the latest Bootloader + Softdevice using the serial port within Arduino IDE.

  • Select Tools > Board > Adafruit Bluefruit Feather52
  • Select Tools > Programmer > Bootloader DFU for Bluefruit nRF52
  • Select Tools > Burn Bootloader
  • WAIT until the process complete ~30 seconds

Note: close the Serial Monitor before you click "Burn Bootloader". Afterwards, you shouldn't close the Arduino IDE, unplug the Feather, launch Serial Monitor etc ... to abort the process. There is a high chance it will brick your device! Do this with care and caution.

Burning new Bootloader

To burn the bootloader from within the Arduino IDE, you will need the following tools installed on your system and available in the system path:

Check to make sure you can run nrfjprog from your terminal/command prompt

macOS Note At present, you will need to create a symlink in /usr/local/bin to the nrfjprog tool wherever you have added it. You can run the following command, for example:

$ ln -s $HOME/prog/nordic/nrfjprog/nrfjprog /usr/local/bin/nrfjprog

Once the tools above have been installed and added to your system path, from the Arduino IDE:

  • Select Tools > Board > Adafruit Bluefruit Feather52
  • Select Tools > Programmer > J-Link for Feather52
  • Select Tools > Burn Bootloader with the board and J-Link connected

If you wish to modify bootloader to your own need, check out its repo here Adafruit_nRF52_Bootloader

Manually Burning the Bootloader via nrfjprog

The bootloader hex file can be found at bin/bootloader run the command as follows:

$ nrfjprog -e -f nrf52
$ nrfjprog --program feather_nrf52832_bootloader.hex -f nrf52
$ nrfjprog --reset -f nrf52

Credits

This core is based on Arduino-nRF5 by Sandeep Mistry, which in turn is based on the Arduino SAMD Core.

The following libraries are used:

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