Panasonic PAN 1780 Bluetooth LE Eval Kit

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The Panasonic PAN 1780 Bluetooth LE Evaulation kit is used as a quick prototyping platform and for software testing of the PAN 170 Bluetooth module, a Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (LE) module based on the Nordic nRF52840 single-chip controller.


The PAN1780 Evaluation Kit is an all-inclusive and comprehensive Evaluation Kit consisting of two USB dongles and two external NFC antennas.  Each dongle allows design engineers to develop, run and debug code with the PAN1780 Series Module.  The break-out headers provide an easy way to connect Sensors, as well as other devices for rapid prototyping. The USB Evaluation Boards are delivered without any preinstalled software examples, but an integration guide is available explaining how to use the recommended development environment and the free Nordic Semiconductors Software Development Kit, to run different kinds of Bluetooth, thread, ZigBee, 802.15.4 and Antennae software examples.



  • Surface Mount Type Dimensions: 15.6 mm x 8.7 mm x 2 mm
  • Same Form Factor as PAN1026A and PAN1762 But Smaller Pitch And More Pins
  • Nordic nRF52840 Featuring ARM® Cortex®-M4F With 64 MHz
  • Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy Including LE 2M And LE Coded PHY
  • Embedded 1 MB Flash Memory And 256 kB Internal RAM
  • Includes ARM® TrustZone® CryptoCell® 310 And Supports Secure Boot Including Root-of-Trust (RoT)
  • Up to 48 general purpose I/Os (GPIO), which are shared by up to 4 SPI, 2 I²C, 2 UART, 4 PWM, 8 ADC, 1 NFC-A, 32 kHz IN/OUT, nRESET
  • USB 2.0 Full-Speed Device Interface
  • Built-in Temperature Sensor


About the PAN1780 Bluetooth Module

The Bluetooth 5 features additionally a higher symbol rate of 2 Mbps using the high-speed LE 2M PHY or a significantly longer range using the LE coded PHY at 500 kb/s or 125 kb/s. The new channel selection algorithm (CSA#2) improves the performance in high interference environments. Furthermore, the new LE advertising extensions allow for much larger amounts of data to be broadcasted in connectionless scenarios. An output power of up to 8 dBm and the high sensitivity of the nRF52840 in combination with the LE coded PHY make the module very attractive in applications, where a long range is required. In addition the ultra-low current consumption of the PAN1780 make the module an ideal choice for battery powered devices. With the Cortex® M4F processor, 256 kB RAM and the build-in 1 MB flash memory the PAN1780 can easily be used in standalone mode, thereby eliminating the need for an external processor, saving complexity, space, and cost. The rich set of security features from the ARM TrustZone CryptoCell 310 security subsystem provide the necessary means for secure device operation in the IoT space. The PAN1780 also supports Type 2 Near Field Communication (NFC-A) for use in simplified pairing and payment solutions (external antenna required).


  • Two (2) PAN1780 USB-Evaluation Boards
  • Case


Additional Information

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin:July 27 2020

Enrollment Ends: Sept 1 2020

RoadTesters Selected: Sept 4 2020 (estimated)

Product Shipped: Sept 18 2020

RoadTesting Begins:Sept 25 2020

Reminder/Update Email: Oct 25 2020

Submit Reviews By: Nov 25 2020

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


Terms and Conditions

RoadTest: Terms and Conditions

Panasonic PAN 1780 Bluetooth LE Eval Kit


These are the terms and conditions which govern the Panasonic PAN 1780 Bluetooth LE Eval Kit contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on Sept 1 2020

Announcement of Winner (estimated): Sept 4 2020

Prize: Panasonic PAN 1780 Bluetooth LE Eval Kit

Additional Prizes: none

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Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

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· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

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Comment List
  • Oh wow! My part 2 of my road test blog is also for documentation (that's why I've been asking these questions, because I wanted to know if I can get easily get the answer to them from the provided docs)


    I've played around with USB on a bare chip here: UF2 and CircuitPython on the Chengdu ebyte nRF52840  and I was able to get it working by connecting the USB +5 VBUS to VDDH and the rest to their respective pins (D+ D- and ground). That would be Circuit configuration no.1 in the Nordic InfoCenter


    There's only so much I can do with looking at schematics right now, so I might later just try plugging in a male micro usb breakout and testing continuity. The ideal of course is to have both native usb *and* the jlink so when I'm developing native USB functionality I can still debug it. This is, after all, an evaluation board so there must be some way to do that


    While I like the jumper system for configuration, sometimes it can be very confusing to remember which switch to press or dial to turn so I can get things rolling. Reminds me of the first time I learned how to drive (stick shift even).


    Thanks for the hints! I'm relieved I'm not the only one who got a bit turned around. I thought I was just missing things.

  • From the schematics, the x5 USB port power line is filtered through a ferrite bead L1 before being fed to pin G4 on the module. also pin 5 on IC8*

    according to:…

    pin G4 is USB supply mode.


    unfortunately, there's not much more in the Panasonic docs. perhaps that maps to a Nordic pin, I haven't found anything directly.

    i also can't be sure that the VBUS net doesn't appear somewhere else. the schematic isn't searchable in that doc, and the gerbers aren't the easiest to follow when you can't overlay them in a layout prog.


    since my road test idea is focused on the documentation, this is quite an eye-opener! if you have any docs from Panasonic that map the pins to the nordic, or even describe what they are in more depth than the product specification please let me know! I will write something up soon and highlight this missing info


    in the nordic docs, we have USB supply here:


    which says VBUS is used only for powering the 3v3 D+ and D- pins, everything else is from the normal supply. this would suggest that you must provide power separately to the VDDH or VDD pins - which can be in the normal way. But, this is only confirmed if the pin G2 is mapped to the VBUS pin on the nordic chip. I can't find that anywhere, though it would seem to be the obvious.


    if you remove JP1, you can stop the power supply from X2 reaching the board, and instead provide power from a number of other places, just not X5 by the looks of it. you could of course bridge it with a short wire. if you just wanted the module, id suggest an easy place is to the J12 jumper pin since its nearby. you miss out on a number of other things on the board being powered though, IC4, and in turn IC5. IC6 not getting +5V means you probably shouldn't feed it 3v3, hence also no JP9, IC1 is unpowered, and the Atmel SAM (j-link) also not powered.


    alternatively, bridge it across to JP1 and power everything from X5.


    * an ESD protection diode…

  • I have another question This is regarding the x5 usb port. Wanted to ask here first to avoid possibly frying the board before I can finish the stuff I wanted to try first.


    I've been powering the eval kit through the x2 usb port (the one which is connected to the jlink and uart) but I would like to test out the native USB capabilities of the nRF52840.


    On another bare chip I was able to do this by connecting both VUSB and VDDH together (so VDDH gets 5v power from USB).


    However, looking at the schematics, it looks like VUSB isn't connected to the rest of the power circuitry and is probably just used for USB plug/unplug detection.


    My question/s would be: would be it wise to connect *two* usb cables (connected to the same computer) or would that short things out? Otherwise, should I instead power the board separately through the 3v3 pin via regulated power and basically just ignore the 5v supply that's coming from the USB cable?


    Unfortunately I can't seem to find anything in the docs regarding the x5 port other than it's there

  • Thanks! I'll keep this as a reference for later when I try out high voltage mode I was worried about stray 3v3 power from the other peripherals going into the io but like you mentioned, I can just remove those jumpers (at least until I've reprogrammed the UICR)

  • Hi ,

    you seem to have figured this out, but for what its worth here's my take.


    in order to provide power to the VDDH aka input to the on-chip LDO, you should remove the JP9 and JP12 jumpers entirely, and connect your VDDH input (2.5V to 5.5V) to pin 1 of J12

    pin 1 of J12 according to the layout diagram on page 15 is the one nearest to the j-link & LEDs, furthest from the antenna keep out and uf.l connector. first hint is from the routing to C44, but you can also see that it routes to pin G2.


    be careful that you check all the pins IO voltages - it looks like the FT232 will put 3v3 on some of them at least - I haven't looked to see if the module is tolerant when running lower VCCIO but you could remove the jumpers.

  • I seem to be answering more questions by myself lately


    The proper way of reading the pin layout on the board so it matches the schematic is ... upside down. Well, the silk screen at the bottom is upside down compared to the one in the top, so if you read the bottom silk screen right way up, then flip the board, the pin layout matches the schematic layout and pin1 is at the uppermost pin.

  • Well, after re-reading that portion multiple times I think I should indeed break JP9 *as well as* break JP12 to provide power directly to the VDDH of the chip. Of course the question now becomes: which one is pin 1

    The schematic has it labeled clearly, but the silkscreen doesn't mention which is pin 1, and one of the things I noted in my road test was that the order of the pins in the schematic doesn't necessarily correspond to the order they are in the schematic. And of course depending on which way you orient the board left might be on the right (or on the top).

  • Hello!


    I'm currently going through the documentation as part of the road test, and I seem to have hit some confusing areas.


    I know that the nRF52840 has two modes of power input: normal voltage mode, and high voltage mode. See


    By following the schematics and the comparing it to the current jumper configuration, I can see that the eval kit is set up for normal voltage mode (VCC and VDDH are shorted together, and VCC is getting power from the 3v LDO).


    I'm interested in setting up high voltage mode via the jumpers. I've tried this out myself on a bare module and it involves routing power to just the VDDH pin while leaving VCC hanging.


    However, I'm not sure exactly how to do this on the eval kit as the docs don't mention this directly. On JP12 it mentions


    Option to break 3.3 V supply

    via JP9 and connect 5 V

    supply to pin 1 of JP12 to

    power the module.


    But shouldn't I also break JP9 since that would still be sourcing 3v and would then likely kill the chip (since it's likely the UICR is cleared and so would be setup to use 1.8v for the built-in LDO).


    I wonder if I can ask someone from Panasonic Industry to help clear this for me? I'm making a note of this for now, and I will be trying it out towards the end of the road test (I don't really want to do it in the middle of my tests as I'd like to use the two boards for testing and comparing ranges).


    This is the doc I'm referring to btw:

  • In reverse order,


    60 days is indeed a long time, but a realistic counter can be started only after you finish what you said you'll do.

    I can't say I find your project exciting, from my narrow point of view. But I agree it is worth to be done, 4 roadtesters, 4 different ways. Maybe that;s the idea.


    The karaoke idea started from the Panasonic logo, a joke, bluetooth being limited by definition compared to WiFi, will be smth smart in close range, with low data rate. ADCs, I2C, I2S... Too much to upgrade a fridge to IoT world. Maybe a wireless Bus Pirate device?

  • Congratulations to the roadtesters!