Nordic Semiconductor’s cellular IoT SiP receives regulatory certification in Brazil


Certification of the nRF9160 SiP by Anatel paves the way for LTE-M and NB-IoT product designs by developers in the world’s eighth largest economy

Nordic Semiconductor today announces that its award-winning nRF9160 low power System-in-Package (SiP) with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS has received regulatory certification for Brazil. The certification by local authority Agência Nacional De Telecomunicações (Anatel), provides developers of nRF9160-based LTE-M and NB-IoT product designs with complete confidence the SiP has met all the necessary specifications for certification during the rigorous testing process, a condition for market approval in Brazil.

Certified for global cellular IoT applications

The nRF9160 is a low power SiP, certified for global cellular IoT applications, comprising a multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem with integrated RF front end (RFFE), GPS, and power management in a compact package. The 64 MHz processor includes 1 MB Flash and 256 KB RAM, a range of analog and digital peripherals, automated power and clock management, Arm TrustZone™ for trusted execution, and Arm CryptoCell 310 for application layer security. The processor communicates with the LTE modem through a BSD secure sockets API and supports the application layer protocol (for example CoAP, MQTT or LWM2M) and the application itself. The nRF9160 SiP’s LTE modem supports both SIM and eSIM, offers 700 to 2200 MHz LTE band support, 23 dBm output power, and single pin 50 Ω antenna- and UICC-interfaces. The LTE stack layers L1-L3, IPv4/IPv6, TCP/UDP, TLS/DTLS are part of the modem firmware.

Brazil is currently undergoing massive deployment of cellular IoT infrastructure
Scott Hensley, Nordic Semiconductor

The SiP is supported by the nRF9160 DK, a precertified single board development kit and the nRF Connect SDK, a software development kit which includes application layer protocols, application examples, and LTE modem firmware offered as precertified and precompiled downloads. Target applications for the nRF9160 SiP include asset tracking, smart city, smart agriculture, industrial, smart metering, wearables, and medical solutions.

Massive deployment of cellular IoT

“Brazil is currently undergoing massive deployment of cellular IoT infrastructure with the number of connected IoT devices forecast to total almost 416 million by 2023,” says Scott Hensley, Director of Sales, Americas, Nordic Semiconductor. “ The country is enormous, spanning more than 8.5 million square kilometers, making it the ideal candidate for wide scale cellular IoT implementation. Regulatory certification for the nRF9160 is a hugely positive step forward for developers eager to take advantage of Brazil’s rapid adoption of cellular IoT technology.”

Regulatory certification for the nRF9160 SiP in Brazil follows worldwide GCF (Global Certification Forum) and PTCRB approval, as well as certification in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa, India and Thailand.