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Nordic nRF9160 System-in-Package #EYEonNPI #DigikeyDigiKeyNordicTweetsAdafruit « Adafruit Industries – Makers, Hackers, Artists, Designers, Engineers!

EYE ON NPI for this week (video) comes to us from the wonderful wireless engineers at Nordic Semiconductor – it’s Nordic nRF9160 System-in-Package with Integrated Cellular and GNSS.

You know them for the popular nRF52 series of microcontrollers that incorporated Bluetooth LE technology – they are the market leaders in BLE development and support, with excellent software and low-power capabilities. A few years ago, they decided to start branching out from their successful products into more wireless means of IoT, such as cellular networks, and more recently WiFi (which we’ll probably cover in the future EYE ON NPI!).

The nRF91 . series It is the semi-main cell line in the North, but it differs from most of the cell units we used.

You usually get modules that say from Quectel, and you connect to them via USB or UART – transmit AT . commands and analyze responses. This is all well and good but it does mean that there is often a sub-controller that has to do the work, and there is always a lot of work to do with this parsing and command processing.

What we love about the nRF91 is that it comes as a nice SIP package, much smaller than most units, and integrates an ARM Cortex M33 with 1MB of flash, 256KB of RAM that you can program directly. This is familiar to people using the nRF52 series, as the BLE stack is integrated into the hardware/firmware by SoftDevice System. You get all the hardware interfaces you need with 32 GPIO, 12-bit ADC, RTC, SPI, I2C, I2S, UART, PDM and PWM which means you can ideally develop your entire product on a single chip without the need for external peripherals or drivers.

nRF91 comes in three flavors: nRF9160-SIAA which only supports LTE-M cellular, nRF9160-SIBA which has only NB-IOT support, and nRF9160-SICA Which has LTE, NB-IOT and GNSS. Each one is PIN compatible but has different price levels, so choose the one that best suits your budget and wireless needs.

Note that there is full support for the 700MHz – 2.2GHz band on each SIP version, so you don’t have to order different SIPs for North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, etc. Global Certifications Available that you can search for to ensure that you are allowed to integrate in any country you may need.

Nordic nRF9160 modules were discontinued a few years ago, so there are plenty of development boards you can use. for example, Nordic Homemade Development Board Fully featured with every add-on required, plus Arduino compatible headers.

There is also a very good name 91- bliss It’s a great development kit for designing compact, battery-powered, sensor-packed prototypes. The former is better when you want to get JTAG headers and connect a lot of external devices, the latter is good if you have some interference with embedded hardware and want to prototype user experiences.

If you are a feather breeder, there is nRF9160 . vane You can use them to create lightweight portable designs that can be attached to FeatherWings.

best of all, All three versions of nRF91 Now available for immediate shipping from Digi-Key! We recommend starting with the full features nRF9160-SICA You can always put the final design down with one of the SIAA or SIBA shorthand when you go into production. Order today, instant shipping, and you’ll have it in your hands tomorrow afternoon.

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