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Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense - TinyML/TensorFlow Lite- IMU / Microphone - Bluetooth5.0


Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense is carrying Bluetooth 5.0 wireless capability and is able to operate with low power consumption. Featuring onboard IMU and PDM, it can be your best tool for embedded Machine Learning projects.





Pins are not included in this product. If you require the pins, please visit the following page to make a purchase. Alternatively, you can select the pins from the 'Also Add' section.

Seeed Studio XIAO Series are diminutive development boards, sharing a similar hardware structure, where the size is literally thumb-sized. The code name "XIAO" here represents its half feature "Tiny", and the other half will be "Puissant".

Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense is carrying Bluetooth 5.0 wireless capability and is able to operate with low power consumption. Featuring onboard IMU and PDM, it can be your best tool for embedded Machine Learning projects.


  • Versatile Microcontroller: Incorporate the Nordic nRF52840 chip with FPU, operating up to 64 MHz, mounted multiple development ports, supported by Arduino / CircuitPython
  • Wireless Capabilities: Implement Bluetooth 5.0, BLE functions with onboard antenna, also provide NFC connectivity
  • Elaborate Power Design: Provide ultra-low power consumption as 5 μA in deep sleep mode while supporting lithium battery charge management
  • Advanced onboard Functionality: Assemble additional digital microphone and 6-axis IMU in the tiny board for embedded Machine Learning applications
  • Thumb-sized Design: 21 x 17.5mm, Seeed Studio XIAO series classic form-factor, suitable for wearable devices

Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense has an ultra-low power consumption of only 5 μA in the deep sleep mode, the embedded BQ25101 chip supports battery charge management which prolongs its use time. Moreover, Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense supports the USB Type-C interface which can supply power and download code. It also has rich On-chip Memory of 1 MB flash and 256 kB RAM, and an Onboard Memory of 2 MB QSPI flash. There are 11 digital i/o that can be used as PWM pins and 6 analog i/o that can be used as ADC pins. It supports UART, IIC, and SPI all three common serial ports. 1 Reset button, 1 3-in-one LED, 1 Charge LED, and 1 Bluetooth antenna are on board, allowing developers to debug their code very easily.

As the advanced yet smaller version of the Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840, it carries two extra onboard sensors. One of them is a digital microphone created through Pulse Density Modulation(PDM) module on the nRF52840 chip. It can receive audio data in real-time which allows it can be used for audio recognition. The board can receive audio data through the MSM261D3526H1CPM microphone. The other one is 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit(IMU) which can be applied in TinyML projects like gesture recognition.

The powerful performance makes it perfect for TinyML AIoT projects requiring gesture/voice recognition, and the tiny size allows it to be used in wearable devices and Internet of Things projects, not just for prototypes but the mass production. Furthermore, Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense is friendly to the communities for its strong software compatibilities, which supports Arduino, Micropython, and CircuitPython. Except for the software, flexible I/O allows it to speak to almost any external device.

Starter Kit with free Course for all Electronics Neophytes and Enthusiasts

Seeed Studio has provided the Grove Starter Kit along with free and detailed courses for you quickly get started with microcontrollers and electronics, regarding all the Seeed Studio XIAO boards, promising you a great learning experience.

Not only programming but also electronics knowledge is not required, you will be taken step by step, from understanding the basic concepts to exercising the simple projects individually, finally being able to build complex, interesting, wearable projects on your own, owing a practical electronic product prototype from the course.

You can have access to the Seeed Studio Grove ecosystem by connecting it to the compatible Seeed Studio XIAO expansion board. We have developed more than 400 Grove modules, covering a wide range of applications that can fulfill various needs. For example, you can utilize the accelerometer on XIAO nRF52840 Sense combined with Edge Impulse to enable motion recognition by connecting with a Grove - OLED Display 0.66" (SSD1306)- IIC - 3.3V/5V. Get started and explore the infinite possibilities of the Seeed Studio XIAO series!

If you are interested in programming embedded machine learning, we have Codecraft visual programming that can help you quickly start your own TinyML project. And we have set up a #tinyml channel on our Discord server, please click to join for 24/7 making, sharing, discussing, and helping each other out.

We already have 5 XIAO products based on different solutions in the XIAO family, to help you better understand the differences and choose the most suitable part for your projects, please refer to the Seeed Studio XIAO Series Page.



Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840

Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense


Nordic nRF52840

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840

ARM® Cortex®-M4 with FPU runs up to 64 MHz


Bluetooth 5.0/NFC

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840

On-chip Memory

1 MB flash and 256 kB RAM

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840

Onboard Memory

2 MB QSPI flash

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840


1xUART, 1xIIC, 1xSPI, 1xNFC, 1xSWD,

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840




Onboard PDM digital microphone

Onboard 6-axis IMU


21 x 17.5mm

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840


Circuit operating voltage: 3.3V@200mA

The same as Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840

Charging current: 50mA/100mA

Input voltage (VIN): 5V

Standby power consumption: <5μA


  • Small and flexible wearable device
  • Wifi/Bluetooth controlled wireless connection project
  • Embedded Machine Learning Project
  • IoT and TinyML AI applications
  • Great for mini Arduino projects

Hardware Pinout


All the I/O pins are 3.3V, please do not input more than 3.3V, otherwise, the CPU may be damaged.

Part List

Seeed Studio XIAO nRF52840 Sense - nRF52840 x1

Check five pieces of 7-pin male header compatible for Seeed Studio XIAO Series Board!


Does the XIAO microcontroller come with a pin header?

Currently, all XIAOs don't come with a pin header. You can purchase them through Also add or pin header.

Does the XIAO nRF52840 support Zigbee?

Unfortunately, the XIAO nRF52840 doesn't support Zigbee


HSCODE 8517180050
USHSCODE 8543708800
EUHSCODE 8543709099
CE 1
EU DoC 1
RoHS 1
UK DoC 1



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  1. Documentation
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    The product came very well packaged. The build quality is very good, and the documentation is excellent.
  2. Documentation
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    Very nice little board, I have it running with zephyr rtos. It took me a bit of time to get the IMU and PDM working with zephyr.
  3. Documentation
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    perfect ok
  4. Documentation
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    from order view
    ho avuto problemi col sistema di sviluppo arduino
  5. Documentation
    Product Quality
    from order view
    Tiny little workhorse. Not as powerfull as an ESP32 but coming with some neat features like the integrated IMU. Sadly it has only 6 DOF but for many use cases this is enough.
    Unlike the ESP32 you are missing WiFi but in many other aspects this is a similar device with lower energy consumption.
    Sadly the documentation is not as complete as I would have liked.


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