nRF24L01+ 2.4 GHz Wireless Connectivity With the tinyK20 Board

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nRF24L01+ 2.4 GHz Wireless Connectivity With the tinyK20 Board

This will teach you how to set up a board with low power.

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Hello and welcome! Today, I'm running you through what I used to create a low-power board for my projects. I'm using the tiny and inexpensive Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+ transceiver (see "Tutorial: Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+ with the Freescale FRDM-K64F Board") in many projects. It costs less than $3 and allows me to communicate with a proprietary 2.4GHz protocol in a low-power way (see "IoT: FreeRTOS Down to the Micro Amps"). I have that transceiver now running with the tinyK20 board, too:

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nRF24L01+ Transceiver With tinyK20

The normal 2×3 pin rows of the transceiver module are not very bread board friendly. I have used the following connections to the nRF module:

  • CE: PTC2
  • CSN: PTD1
  • IRQ: not connected
  • 3.3V: 3.3V
  • GND: GND

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tinyK20 nRF24L01+ Connection

The project is for Eclipse (NXP Kinetis Design Studio) and is using the RNet wireless network stack:

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nRF24L01+ Project for tinyK20

For easier portability to other microcontrollers, the project is using Processor Expert components, which encapsulate the low-level drives and software stacks including the RTOS:

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nRF24L01+ Components

The project includes a command line interface (38400 baud, 8N1) to send and receive messages, to do remote command execution and to inspect the status of the transceiver using Segger RTT. Plus it includes a wireless packet sniffer.

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Command Line Shell with Segger RTT

Alternatively, a USB CDC or UART (serial) connection can be used.

I'm not going much into details how to use the nRF24L01+, RNet and all the other components. Check the links at the end of this article for more details.


With this project I have the tinyK20 board enabled with 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity for less than $3 using the Nordic Semiconductor nRF24L01+ transceiver. I plan to use this in one of my next projects which need to have all board components in a small enclosure. Here, the tinyK20 fits well.

The sources of this project are available on GitHub here: https://github.com/ErichStyger/mcuoneclipse/tree/master/Examples/KDS/tinyK20/tinyK20_nrf

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