nRF9160

Cellular IoT Module by Nordic Semiconductor

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The nRF9160 is a low power System-in-Package with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS. The module has 1 MB of Flash plus 256 kB of RAM onboard memory with a broad range peripheral set, analog and digital interfaces, 32 GPIOs, a stand-alone modem with full LTE capability, plus a multiband RF front-end. It incorporates Arm’s latest Arm Cortex M-33 CPU core, Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security for Internet-level encryption and application protection.

The integrated modem supports both LTE-M and NB-IoT and can operate globally removing the need for regional variants. The modem firmware is upgradable via secure, encrypted Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) updates. The 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. The module measuring 10 x 16 x 1 mm, is suitable for even compact wearable consumer and medical 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 supports both SIM and eSIM for connection and authentication with mobile network operators.

The nRF9160 has also received GCF certification - the trusted mobile communications industry ‘quality mark’ for compliance to the 3GPP LTE specification and global cellular network interoperability - along with separately required FCC and CE regulatory certifications. A broad selection of general interfaces and peripherals and are included on nRF9160 including 12-bit ADC, RTC, SPI, I²C, I²S, UARTE, PDM, and PWM.

Product Specifications

Product Details

  • Part Number
    nRF9160
  • Manufacturer
    Nordic Semiconductor
  • Description
    Low Power Module with Integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT Modem and GPS

General Parameters

  • 3GPP Release
    Release 13
  • Application
    Logistics and asset tracking, Smart City, Smart Agriculture, Industrial & Predictive maintenance, Wearables, Medical
  • Certification
    FCC, CE, GCF, ISED
  • Dimensions
    10 x 16 x 1 mm
  • Firmware Update
    FOTA
  • GNSS
    Yes
  • GNSS Band
    GPS
  • Interface
    SPI, UART, TWI, PWM, PDM, I2S, ADC, UICC
  • LTE Bands
    B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B20, B28
  • Memory
    1 MB Flash & 256 KB RAM
  • Network Protocols
    TCP/UDP, TLS/DTLS, SMS, IPv4/IPv6, LWM2M, CoAP, MQTT, HTTP
  • Package
    LGA
  • Package Type
    Surface Mount
  • Region
    Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Global
  • SMS
    Yes
  • Technology
    LTE-M, NB-IoT
  • Voice
    No
  • Downlink Datarate
    LTE-M: 375 kbps, NB-IoT: 60 kbps
  • Operating Temperature
    -40 to 85 Degree C
  • Rx Sensitivity
    -108 dBm (LTE-M), -114 dBm (NB-IoT)
  • Supply Voltage
    3.3 to 5.5 V
  • Transmitted Power
    23 dBm
  • Uplink Datarate
    LTE-M: 300 kbps, NB-IoT: 30 kbps

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