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Low-power IoT module in volume production
31 July 2019, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 system-in-package (SiP) – an LTE-M/NB-IoT and GPS cellular IoT module – has entered the final volume silicon production phase, having successfully passed a series of major qualifications and certifications.

At just 10 x 16 x 1 mm in size, the device is suitable for compact consumer and medical wearables, and asset-tracking devices. Yet it is a complete solution that integrates everything a cellular connection and IoT application may need beyond requiring just an external battery, SIM and antenna. The nRF9160’s modem and microcontroller (MCU) were designed from the ground up for optimised power performance in IoT systems.

The SiP is also available on a powerful single-board development kit made for the IoT application developer. This kit comes with free development tool support, a cloud demonstration platform, and a software development kit (SDK) in GitHub with sample applications to provide a starting point for product development.

To achieve the module’s high level of integration, Nordic partnered with Qorvo to make an SiP that integrates application processor, power management, modem, RF front-end, crystals and passives. It also supports global operation with a single SiP variant, thanks to the combination of Nordic’s multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo.

The nRF9160 is the first cellular IoT module to incorporate Arm’s latest Cortex M33 CPU core, which is further supported by 1 MB of Flash and 256 KB of RAM on-board memory. It is also the first cellular IoT module to incorporate Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security for Internet-level encryption and application protection with Arm Cortex M-based devices.

Integrated GPS support allows a combination of GPS and cellular data to be used for more accurate positioning than either technology is capable of when used in isolation.

For more information contact Andrew Hutton, RF Design, +27 21 555 8400, andrew@rfdesign.co.za


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