nRF9160 DKDevelopment kit

Cellular IoT development kit for LTE-M, NB-IoT, GPS and Bluetooth LE

The nRF9160 DK is an affordable, pre-certifed single-board development kit for evaluation and development on the nRF9160 SiP for LTE-M, NB-IoT and GPS. It also includes an nRF52840 board controller that for example can be used to build a Bluetooth Low Energy gateway.

It has a dedicated LTE-M and NB-IoT antenna that supports a wide range of bands, to operate globally. LTE bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28 and B66 have been certified. See the nRF9160 certifications page for more details.

A dedicated patch antenna for GPS, and a 2.4 GHz antenna to be used with Bluetooth LE are included on the board. SWF RF connectors are available for the LTE-M/NB-IoT and 2.4 GHz antennas. A connector is also available to attach an external GPS antenna.

All GPIOs and interfaces (SPI/TWI/UART), are available via connectors. The kit is Arduino Uno Rev3 compatible, meaning it can be easily interfaced with external device shields.

User-programmable LEDs (4), buttons (2) and switches (2) are available to easily give input and get output. The nRF9160 DK has both a 4FF SIM card slot and an MFF2 SIM footprint, to support both plug-in and soldered (e)SIMs. It is bundled with a eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB.

Programming and debugging is enabled through the Segger J-Link OB, which also supports external targets. The nRF9160 DK is supported by a full suite of development software and tools. All free to download and use commercially.

nRF Connect SDK includes everything needed to get started, application layer protocols, examples, peripheral drivers and more. The kit can easily be connected to our cloud solution, nRF Cloud. The nRF Link Monitor tool located in nRF Connect for Desktop provides an AT command interface that enables you to test your link, and extract information about the network.

The nRF9160 SiP and nRF9160 development kit are now in production and are suitable for full end-to-end sensor to cloud development. We’re still developing features and optimizing performance.

See the nRF9160 certifications page for details on certification, LTE bands and security supported. 

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Key features
  • Global LTE-M/NB-IoT antenna
  • GPS antenna
  • Arduino Uno form factor
  • Supports Bluetooth LE
  • 4 LEDs user-programmable
  • 2 buttons user-programmable
  • 2 switches user-programmable
  • SEGGER J-Link OB Debugger with debug out support
  • UART interface through VCOM port
  • USB connection for debug/programming and power
  • Bundled with an eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB 

Which modem FW should I use?

Some mobile network operators (MNOs) have their own certification programs to ensure that devices connecting to that network behave as they should. The mobile network operator certifications documentation provides the modem FW version that is certified for your specific MNO.

Download the correct modem FW version. If your MNO is not included, download the latest modem FW.

nRF9160-DK application and modem firmware

Selected version

2021-10-20_d29f1dde [Latest version]

nrf9160dk_fw_2021-10-20_d29f1dde.zip

Changelog:

2021-10-20_d29f1dde [Latest version]

Changelog:

  • Updated to nRF Connect SDK 1.7.0
  • Includes Modem Firmware v1.3.1

The following samples and applications are part of the package:

2021-06-25_7a076c22

Changelog:

  • Updated to nRF Connect SDK 1.6.0
  • Includes Modem Firmware v1.3.0
  • Added build of Asset Tracker v2

The following samples and applications are part of the package:

2021-03-01_8e8c6089

Changelog:

  • Updated to nRF Connect SDK v1.5.0

The following samples and applications are part of the package:

2020-10-30_5522ca2b

  • Built from nRF Connect SDK v1.4.0
  • Includes nRF9160 SiP modem firmware v1.2.2

2020-09-23_b6ad40d0

  • Built from nRF Connect SDK v1.3.1
  • Includes nRF9160 SiP modem firmware v1.2.1
  • Added builds for use with external GPS antenna on nRF9160-DK version 0.15.0 and later

2020-04-29_bc7ade8b

  • Built from nRF Connect SDK master branch commit bc7ade8b
  • Includes nRF9160 SiP modem firmware v1.2.0
  • Added nRF Connect for Cloud A-GPS support
  • Improved stability and bugfixes
  • Debug builds with modem trace enabled included in .zip

Known Issues:

  • Occasional reboots caused by POLLERR on socket. Varies with network conditions.

2019-11-29_d3130d77

  • Updated to nRF Connect SDK v1.1.0
  • Includes nRF9160 SiP modem firmware v1.1.0
  • Added firmware over-the-air (FOTA) support for application updates and delta updates of the modem firmware.
  • Various bug and stability issues fixed.
  • See details in nRF Connect SDK v1.1.0 release notes.
 

09-10-2019_c9c833b1

  • Precompiled firmware package for nRF9160-DK

Feature Brief

for the nRF9160 SiP modem firmware

nRF9160 SiP modem firmware - what it is and how it works

The nRF9160 SiP modem firmware is provided as pre-compiled binaries, signed and encrypted by Nordic Semiconductor.

  • Details - click to open

    • Pre-compiled binary, signed and encrypted
    • LTE Rel-13 Cat-M1 (LTE-M/eMTC)
    • LTE Rel-13 Cat-NB1/2 (NB-IoT)
    • Type B half duplex (HD), frequency division duplex (FDD)
    • Cat-M1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28 and 66.
    • Cat-NB1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28 and 66.
    • Power saving
      • Power Save Mode (PSM)
      • Idle-DRX and Connected Mode-DRX, DRX/extended-DRX in both
      • Independent clock and sleep state control
      • Support for 3GPP AS-RAI (Release Assistance Indication)
      • Support for MAC Inactivity Monitoring
      • Support for NIDD (Non-IP Data Delivery)
      • First LTE search optimizations
      • Modem Sleep notifications
      • Pre-evaluation of a connection
      • LTE based positioning
    • Interface to Application CPU
      • AT-command Interface for control
      • Socket Interface for Data
      • Modem production test support
      • Antenna Tuner per band Configurability with limited MIPI-RFFE support
    • Integrated TLS(1.2)/DTLS(1.2) and TCP/UDP/IPV4/IPV6 Dual Stack
      • Storage of TLS and Cloud credentials
    • SMS PDU Mode
    • Differential FOTA support enables small upgrade images
    • Support for SIM ATK and remote provisioning via Bearer Independent Protocol
      • eSIM support
    • GPS L1 C/A  and QZSS L1C/A positioning
    • GPS L1 C/A and QZSS L1C/A receiver during LTE PSM and Idle DRX/extended-DRX modes
    • GPS time based configurable IO-pin / pulse
    • Single shot, fixed interval and continuous tracking modes
  • TLS Cipher suites - click to open

    • mbed TLS Name / NIST Name
      Value
      TLS-ECDHE-ECDSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA384
      {0xC0,0x24}
      TLS-ECDHE-ECDSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA  
      {0xC0,0x0A}
      TLS-ECDHE-ECDSA-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA256
      {0xC0,0x23}
      TLS-ECDHE-ECDSA-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA 
      {0xC0,0x09}
      TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256  {0xC0,0x2B} 
      TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 
      {0xC0,0x30} 
      TLS-ECDHE-RSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA        
      {0xC0,0x14}
      TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 {0xC0,0x2F} 
      TLS-ECDHE-RSA-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA256   
      {0xC0,0x27}
      TLS-ECDHE-RSA-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA      
      {0xC0,0x13}
      TLS-PSK-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA     
      {0x00,0x8D}
      TLS-PSK-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA256  
      {0x00,0xAE}
      TLS-PSK-WITH-AES-128-CBC-SHA
      {0x00,0x8C}
      TLS-PSK-WITH-AES-128-CCM-8
      {0xC0,0xA8}
      TLS-EMPTY-RENEGOTIATIONINFO-SCSV {0x00,0xFF}
       

nRF9160 SiP modem firmware 

Programming app available in nRF Connect

Selected version

1.3.1 nRF91 firmware binaries

mfw_nrf9160_1.3.1.zip

Changelog:

1.3.1 nRF91 firmware binaries

Before applying this version:

  • Note that this modem firmware is targeted nRF9160 SiP Revision 2 
  • It can be used for nRF9160 SiP Revision 1, but only for testing and development
  • It cannot be used for engineering samples of Revision 1 (e.g. DKs or Thingy:91 with version older than v0.9.0
  • After you upgrade to MFW 1.3.x it is not recommended to downgrade to MFW 1.2.x or MFW 1.1.x.(potential file system issues)

Read out your revision by either AT command: AT%HWVERSION or look on the nRF9160 SIP for marking "B1".

"B1" = Revision 2

"B0" = Revision 1 

The AT command responses for Revision 1 and Revision 2 SiPs will be "nRF9160 SICA B0A" and "nRF9160 SICA B1A" respectively.

Early engineering Revision 2 (B1A) SiPs and Revision 1 (B0A) SiPs might produce AT command responses such as  "nRF9160 SICA BQA" and "nRFFFFFFFFF SICA FFFFFFFF" respectively.

 

Changelog:

  • 3GPP feature that can be used by the network for restricting sending of data packets using PDN connection established to certain APN.
  • Feature for configuring periodic network searches. Application can configure how often modem performs periodic network search while the device is out of coverage.
  • Added support for TLS cipher suites TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 and TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384.
  • New feature additions and improvements for client requested neighbor cell measurement feature (AT%NCELLMEAS).
  • Improved accuracy of <energy_estimate> provision for AT command AT%CONEVAL.
  • Feature for application to prioritize either SIB16 (time information) reception or connection establishment speed.
  • XCOEX2 IO-pin configurability options now contain possibility to configure XCOEX2 IO-pin as TX indicator or RX indicator.
  • In MFW 1.3.1, the amount of ownership keys is restricted to one. Multiple instances are not allowed, and it is not allowed to write ownership key with AT%CMNG AT command.

  • Feature for application to enable or disable GNSS scheduled almanac and ephemeris broadcast reception in periodic mode.
  • Performance and speed-up improvement for GNSS reception and acquisition control if no successful location fix.
  • Optimization for GNSS not to request AGPS data from the modem when AGPS data is already injected and GNSS is started at the first time.
  • Improvements for GNSS receiver to tolerate rapid temperature changes.

  • Improvement for SIM interface RST- and IO-signal pin configurations to improve voltage level stability.
  • Correction for sleep time handling when sleep time was longer than approximately 36 hours.
  • Correction for modem deep sleep entry sequences. Defect may have caused extra current consumption during deep sleep.
  • Correction for 3GPP Release 15 enabled LTE-M cell detection.
  • Correction for GNSS 1PPS accuracy after GNSS sleep.
 

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

 

This release is aligned with v1.8 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools. 

1.3.0 nRF91 firmware binaries

Before applying this version:

  • Note that this modem firmware is targeted nRF9160 SiP Revision 2 
  • It can be used for nRF9160 SiP Revision 1, but only for testing and development
  • It cannot be used for engineering samples of Revision 1 (e.g. DKs or Thingy:91 with version older than v0.9.0
  • After you upgrade to MFW 1.3.0 it is not recommended to downgrade to mfw 1.2.x or mfw 1.1.x.(potential file system issues)

Read out your revision by either AT command: AT%HWVERSION or look on the nRF9160 SIP for marking "B1".

"B1" = Revision 2

"B0" = Revision 1 

The AT command responses for Revision 1 and Revision 2 SiPs will be "nRF9160 SICA B0A" and "nRF9160 SICA B1A" respectively.

Early engineering Revision 2 (B1A) SiPs and Revision 1 (B0A) SiPs might produce AT command responses such as  "nRF9160 SICA BQA" and "nRFFFFFFFFF SICA FFFFFFFF" respectively.

 

Changelog:

  • QZSS L1C/A positioning support.
  • GPS time based configurable IO-pin / pulse.
  • GPS dynamic modes for stationary, pedestrian and automotive.
  • GPS power consumption optimizations during satellite tracking.
  • GPS enhancements to reduce GPS TTFF.
  • Support for 3GPP NB-IoT-NB2.
  • Support for 3GPP AS-RAI. Release Assistance Indication.
  • Support for Non-IP Data Delivery (NIDD).
  • Feature for application to configure country specific parameters to speed up NW search and connection times.
  • Feature for application to take benefit of modem sleep events. For power saving possibilities.
  • Feature for application to execute LTE channel pre-evaluation before establishing connection. For power saving possibilities.
  • Feature for application to measure serving and neighbor cells for cellular based positioning purposes.
  • Feature for application to optimize device power consumption when modem is searching network.
  • Feature for application to enable both LTE-M and NB-IoT system modes and modem performs automatic system mode selection.
  • Feature for application to configure RF Rx and Tx indications from IO-pin.
  • Speed-up improvements to modem cell selection and re-selection.
  • Power consumption optimization in LTE-M and NB-IoT RRC Idle mode.
  • Improvements for NB-IoT receiver performance.
  • Non-wired full modem update with pre-validation.
  • Support for on device key generation.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

 

This release is aligned with v1.7 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.

We have also published a webinar showcasing all the new features and improvements, you can watch it here.


1.2.3 nRF91 firmware binaries

Changelog:

  • Correction to sleep mode entry timings. Earlier timings may have failed on sleep mode entry and
    cause additional current consumption. Updated PMIC debounce setting at boot up improves
    reliability of mode change.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.5 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.


1.2.2 nRF91 firmware binaries

Changelog:

  • Added option to use previously obtained altitude information with GPS three-satellite first fix
  • Improved GPS hot start sensitivity
  • Improved GPS time to first fix in poor signal conditions
  • Completed TCP server support
  • Various improvements to LTE-M, NB-IoT and GPS stability and performance
     

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.5 of the nRF91 AT command reference guide.
It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.

Note:
Release 1.2.2 is not recommended for production use due to sleep mode current consumption issue.
Please refer to release 1.2.3.

1.2.1 nRF91 firmware binaries

Changelog:

  • Added support for new nRF9160 product variant (nRF9160-SIxA-B1).
  • Added support for TLS extension Server Name Indication (SNI).
  • Added support for (D)TLS cache over power cycle.
  • Added various new AT commands and improved existing ones.
  • Various improvements to LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS stability and performance.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.4 of the nRF91 AT command reference guide.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.


1.2.0 nRF91 firmware binaries

 

  • Various improvements to LTE-M and NB-IoT stability and performance
  • Added new socket options for improving LTE modem power consumption
  • Improved GPS power consumption
  • Improved GPS tracking performance for sensitivity and accuracy
  • Improved GPS hot and cold start acquisition sensitivity and time-to-first-fix
  • Added AT command for routing GPS signal when using a single antenna for LTE and GPS signals
  • Added various new AT commands and improved existing ones

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.2 of the nRF91 AT command reference guide.

 

1.1.4 nRF91 firmware binaries

Changelog:

  • Bugfix that addresses rare occurrences of increased sleep current.
  • Improvement for very rare occasion where modem program NVM access may have failed at modem sleep wakeup.
  • Correction for GNSS sleep timer handling. Incorrect handling may have resulted that acquiring GNSS location may have failed after a long period of time.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.5 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.

1.1.3 nRF91 firmware binaries

Highlights:
  • Added support for new nRF9160 product variant (nRF9160-SIxA-B1)
  • Added various new AT commands and improved existing ones
  • Various improvements to LTE-M, NB-IoT and GPS stability and performance
     

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

This release is aligned with v1.3 of the nRF91 AT command reference guide.

Note:
Release 1.1.3 is not recommended for production use due to sleep mode current consumption issue. 
Please refer to release 1.1.4.

1.1.2 nRF91 firmware binaries

Highlights:
  • A software workaround fix for flash memory controller hardware issue, which may have caused flash accesses to fail after sleep wake-up.
  • A software correction for handling FOTA rollback in case of security or watchdog reset. Issue may have caused unnecessary modem firmware rollback after FOTA.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.
It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.

1.1.1 nRF91 firmware binaries

The mfw_nrf9160 is the firmware for the modem subsystem of nRF9160. It supports 3GPP LTE
release 13 Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 standards, and GPS L1C/A positioning.

Cat-M1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25,
26, 28 and 66.

Cat-NB1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26,
28 and 66.

This release is aligned with v1.1 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

It is recommended to use the latest version of nRF Connect and nRF Connect Programmer tools.

1.1.0 nRF91 firmware binaries

This release represents a long list of:

  • New features
  • Changes
  • Bugfixes

A complete list of new functionality, changes and bug fixes is in the release notes found here or inside the .zip file.

Before applying this version, please make sure it has the mobile network operator certifications your product needs.

 

Board controller firmware

Selected version

1.0.0 nRF91 firmware binaries

nRF9160_DK_board_controller_FW.hex

Changelog:

1.0.0 nRF91 firmware binaries

Hardware files

Selected version

1.0.0 Layout and BOM resources

nRF9160-DK - Hardware files 1_0_0.zip

Changelog:

1.0.0 Layout and BOM resources

  • Fixed bug on nRF91_UART2_CTRL

0.15.0 Layout and BOM resources

  • Updated nRF9160 to Revision 2 (SICA-B1)
  • New GPS frontend
  • Added external serial flash memory
  • Updated power supply decoupling of nRF9160 based on most recent recommendations
  • All GPIOs now always connected to headers
  • Optional I/O expander for buttons, switches and LEDs added
  • Added connection of nRF52840 RESET line to nRF9160
  • Added current measurement header for SIM card

0.9.0 Layout and BOM resources

0.8.5 Layout and BOM resources

0.8.2 Layout and BOM resources

nRF9160 SiP SUPL client library 

for assisted GPS support

Available versions:

After having signed up for the SUPL client license, you will be directed to a page where you can select between the available versions.

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SUPL client library v0.7.1
Changelog:

  • Added soft-float build of the library.
  • Fixed cell ID encoding in the sent request, so that the server can determine the location of the device and send a reference location back to the device. The MCC table is used as a fall back in case no reference location is received from the server.
  • Reference location is now only injected if it was requested.
  • Fixed usage of an IPv6 address as the device ID.
  • Removed the dependency to the modem library (modemlib). This version works with both modem and old bsdlib (sdk-nrfxlib/bsdlib) library.

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SUPL client library v0.7.0
Changelog:

  • Updated library to make it compile with the new Modem Library (sdk-nrfxlib/nrf_modem) that replaces the BSD library (sdk-nrfxlib/bsdlib).
  • If you are still using the old BSD library, you must continue using v0.6.1 of the SUPL Client library

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SUPL Client library v0.6.1
Changelog:  

  • Fixed the altitude uncertainty for the MCC case.
  • Last release supporting the old BSD library (sdk-nrfxlib/bsdlib)

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