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nRF8001 DevKit usage with FPGA and Embedded Linux

Discussion in 'All About Tech' started by gigi1, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. gigi1

    gigi1 New Metal Member

    Oct 30, 2016
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    I would like to develop an application with Nordic's nRF8001 DevKit. The master emulator of this kit is an USB Dongle and it is originally meant for PC connection. My final goal for the project is to run it on an FPGA (possibly through Embedded Linux). Regarding this goal, I have some questions.

    1) Is the master emulator (USB Dongle) compatible with Linux? Are there any open-source drivers or from Nordic?

    1a) If there is a driver for Linux, can I use it with Embedded Linux or do I have to make some modifications to it?

    1b) If there isn't a driver for Linux, can I write my own Embedded Linux driver (no prior experience on drivers)? Are there any similar/reference drivers?

    2) Is it possible to use the nRF8001 chip, not the USB Dongle, with FPGA as a master, possibly through serial interface (SPI/UART)?

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