96Boards Nitrogen


The 96Boards Nitrogen hardware provides support for the Nordic Semiconductor nRF52832 ARM Cortex-M4F CPU.

96Boards Nitrogen

96Boards Nitrogen

More information about the board can be found at the seeed BLE Nitrogen website. The Nordic Semiconductor Infocenter contains the processor’s information and the datasheet.


96Boards Nitrogen provides the following hardware components:

  • nRF52832 microcontroller with 512kB Flash, 64kB RAM
  • ARM® 32-bit Cortex®-M4 CPU with FPU
  • Bluetooth LE
  • NFC
  • LPC11U35 on board SWD debugger
    • SWD debugger firmware
    • USB to UART
    • Drag and Drop firmware upgrade
  • 7 LEDs
    • USR1, BT, PWR, CDC, DAP, MSD, Battery charge
  • SWD debug connectors
    • nRF52832 SWD connector
    • nRF52832 Uart connector
  • On board chip antenna
  • 1.8V work voltage
  • 2x20pin 2.0mm pitch Low speed connector

Supported Features

The Zephyr 96b_nitrogen board configuration supports the following hardware features:

Interface Controller Driver/Component
NVIC on-chip nested vectored interrupt controller
RTC on-chip system clock
UART on-chip serial port
GPIO on-chip gpio
FLASH on-chip flash
RADIO on-chip Bluetooth
RTT on-chip console

Other hardware features are not supported by the Zephyr kernel. See Nordic Semiconductor Infocenter for a complete list of nRF52-based board hardware features.

The default configuration can be found in the defconfig file:


Pin Mapping


  • LED1 / User LED (green) = P0.29
  • LED2 / BT LED (blue) = P0.28

Push buttons

  • BUTTON = SW1 = P0.27

External Connectors

Low Speed Header

PIN # Signal Name nRF52832 Functions
5 UART TX P0.13
9 UART RTS P0.12
11 UART TX P0.13
15 P0.22 P0.22
17 P0.20 P0.20
19 N/A N/A
21 N/A N/A
23 P0.02 P0.02
25 P0.04 P0.04
27 P0.06 P0.06
29 P0.08 P0.08
31 P0.16 P0.16
33 P0.18 P0.18
35 VCC  
37 USB5V  
PIN # Signal Name nRF52832 Functions
8 P0.26 P0.26
10 P0.25 P0.25
12 P0.24 P0.24
14 P0.23 P0.23
16 N/A N/A
18 N/A PC7
20 N/A PC9
22 N/A PB8
24 P0.03 P0.03
26 P0.05 P0.05
28 P0.07 P0.07
30 P0.11 P0.11
32 P0.17 P0.17
34 P0.19 P0.19
36 NC  
38 NC  

System Clock

nRF52 has two external oscillators. The frequency of the slow clock is 32.768 kHz. The frequency of the main clock is 32 MHz.

Serial Port

96Boards Nitrogen has one UART, which is used as Zephyr console. Default settings is 115200 8N1.


96Boards Nitrogen has one I2C. The default I2C mapping for Zephyr is:

  • I2C0_SCL : P0.22
  • I2C0_SDA : P0.20


96Boards Nitrogen has one SPI. The default SPI mapping for Zephyr is:

  • SPI0_NSS : P0.24
  • SPI0_SCK : P0.26
  • SPI0_MISO : P0.25
  • SPI0_MOSI : P0.23

Flashing Zephyr onto 96Boards Nitrogen

The 96Boards Nitrogen board can be flashed via the CMSIS DAP interface, which is provided by the micro USB interface to the LPC11U35 chip.

Using the CMSIS-DAP interface, the board can be flashed via the USB storage interface (drag-and-drop) and also via pyOCD.

Installing pyOCD

The latest stable version of pyOCD can be installed via pip as follows:

$ pip install --pre -U pyocd

To install the latest development version (master branch), do the following:

$ pip install --pre -U git+https://github.com/mbedmicro/pyOCD.git#egg=pyOCD

You can then verify that your board is detected by pyOCD by running:

$ pyocd-flashtool -l

Common Errors

No connected boards

If you don’t use sudo when invoking pyocd-flashtool, you might get any of the following errors:

No available boards are connected
No connected boards
Error: There is no board connected.

To fix the permission issue, simply add the following udev rule for the NXP LPC1768 interface:

$ echo 'ATTR{idProduct}=="0204", ATTR{idVendor}=="0d28", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/50-cmsis-dap.rules

Finally, unplug and plug the board again.

ValueError: The device has no langid

As described by pyOCD issue 259, you might get the ValueError: The device has no langid error when not running pyOCD as root (e.g. sudo).

To fix the above error, add the udev rule shown in the previous section and install a more recent version of pyOCD.

Flashing an Application to 96Boards Nitrogen

Here is an example for the Hello World application. This requires installing the pyOCD Debug Host Tools.

Using west:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
west build -b 96b_nitrogen samples/hello_world
west flash

Using CMake and ninja:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
# Use cmake to configure a Ninja-based buildsystem:
cmake -Bbuild -GNinja -DBOARD=96b_nitrogen samples/hello_world

# Now run ninja on the generated build system:
ninja -Cbuild
ninja -Cbuild flash

Run your favorite terminal program to listen for output.

$ minicom -D <tty_device> -b 115200

Replace <tty_device> with the port where the board 96Boards Nitrogen can be found. For example, under Linux, /dev/ttyACM0. The -b option sets baud rate ignoring the value from config.

Press the Reset button and you should see the the following message in your terminal:

Hello World! arm

Debugging with GDB

You can debug an application in the usual way. Here is an example for the Hello World application. This also requires pyOCD.

Using west:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
west debug

Using CMake and ninja:

# From the root of the zephyr repository
# If you already ran cmake with -Bbuild, you can skip this step and run ninja directly.
cmake -Bbuild -GNinja -DBOARD=96b_nitrogen samples/hello_world

# Now run ninja on the generated build system:
ninja -Cbuild debug