nRF9160System-in-Package

Low power System-in-Package with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS

The nRF9160 is a compact, highly-integrated System-in-Package that makes the latest low power LTE technology and advanced processing and security accessible, and easy to use, for a wide range of single device low power cellular IoT (cIoT) designs.

Incorporating an Arm Cortex-M33 application processor solely for applications, a full LTE modem, RF Front End (RFFE) and power management system. The nRF9160 is the most compact, complete and energy-efficient cellular IoT solution on the market.

The integrated modem supports both LTE-M and NB-IoT and can operate globally removing any need for regional variants. All power saving features including eDRX and PSM are supported as is with IPv4/IPv6 support up to transport and security (TCP/TLS) level. The modem firmware is upgradable via secure, encrypted Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) updates.

The Arm Cortex-M33 application processor is supported by 1MB of flash and 256kB RAM making advanced application development possible in a single device solution. 

A GPS receiver is integrated into the radio offering various modes of operation to suit a wide selection of applications that employ location-tracking functionality

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.

Security is best-in-class with Arm TrustZone technology for isolation and protection of normal and secure zones for firmware and elements of hardware including memory and peripherals. Arm TrustZone helps build solid and secure ioT applications that feature secure boot, trusted firmware updates and root of trust implementations without performance compromise.

Arm CryptoCell enhances security still further by offering cryptographic and security resources to help to protect your IoT applications from various attack threats. CryptoCell is designed for high performance cryptography solutions optimized for energy-constrained devices.

The nRF9160 supports both SIM and eSIM for connection and authentication with mobile network operators.

The nRF9160 hardware and development kits are now in production and is suitable for full end-to-end sensor to cloud development. We’re still developing features and optimizing performance. This blog keeps you updated on our latest developments and plans.

 

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Key Features
LTE-M
NB-IoT
+23dBm
output
GPS
SiP
16 x 10 x 1 mm
256 KB
RAM
1 MB
Flash
M33
Cortex
TrustZone
Arm
CryptoCell
Arm
RFEE
32
GPIO
PSM
eDRX
TLS/DTLS
PMIC
12bit
ADC
PDM
interface
64
MHz
FPU
HW
PWM
x 4
I²C
SPI
I²S
50 Ω
output

nRF9160 LTE Cat-M1 Modem Firmware Feature Brief

  • LTE Modem images are precompiled binaries, signed and encrypted by Nordic
    • enclosed script can be used to update modem FW via application domain from PC
    • Secure boot with image authentication
  • LTE Rel-13 Cat-M1 (eMTC)
  • Type B half duplex (HD), frequency division duplex (FDD)
  • Initially Certified bands: B3, B20 in EU and B4, B13 in US and Canada
  • New bands will be available with new Modem Firmware releases
  • Coverage enhancement (CE) Mode A
  • LTE System Band width up to 20MHz
  • Transmission modes ™ 1, 2, 6, 9
  • Power saving
    • Power Save Mode (PSM)
    • Idle-DRX and Connected Mode-DRX, DRX/extended-DRX in both
    • Independent clock and sleep state control
  • Interface to Application CPU
    • AT-command Interface for control
    • Socket Interface for Data
    • Modem production test support
    • Antenna Tuner per band Configurability
  • Integrated TLS(1.2)/DTLS(1.2) and TCP/UDP/IPV4/IPV6 Dual Stack
    • Storage of TLS and Cloud credentials
  • SMS PDU Mode
  • Support for SIM ATK and remote provisioning via Bearer Independent Protocol
    • eSIM support








nRF9160 Modem Firmware and Modem DFU Tool

Selected version

0.6.8-30.alpha

mfw-m1_nrf9160_0.6.8-30.alpha.zip

Changelog:

0.6.8-30.alpha

Schematics and layout for nRF9160

Selected version

0.8.2

nRF9160 DK_schematic_and_pcb_v0.8.2.pdf

Changelog:

0.8.2