nRF9160 DKDevelopment Kit

Development Kit for the nRF9160 SiP for cellular IoT using LTE-M and NB-IoT

The nRF9160 DK is an affordable, pre-certifed single-board development kit for evaluation and development on the nRF9160 SiP for LTE-M and NB-IoT. It has a dedicated LTE-M and NB-IoT antenna that supports a wide range of bands, to operate globally. It has a dedicated antenna for GPS which is supported on the nRF9160.  SWF RF connectors are available for all antennas.

All GPIOs (32) and interfaces (4) SPI/I²C/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 Connect for Cloud. The nRF Link Monitor tool provides and AT command interface that enables you to test your link, and extract information about the network.

The board also features an nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC which acts as a board controller that for example can be used to build a Bluetooth® Low Energy gateway.

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.

 

NB! Updated band support with modem firmware Version 0.7.0-29.alpha, see downloads section.

 

Download PDF Download nRF9160 DK product brief (PDF)

Key Features
LTE-M
NB-IoT
+23dBm
output
GPS
M33
Cortex
TrustZone
Arm
CryptoCell
Arm
1MB
flash
256kB
RAM
SIM
card
J-Link
Segger
nRF52840
SoC
Debug
In/Out
Arduino Uno
form factor
4 LEDs
programmable
4 Buttons
programmable
Antennas
LTE/GPS

Feature Brief

for nRF9160 LTE-M/NB-IoT/GPS Modem firmware

LTE Modem images are precompiled binaries, signed and encrypted by Nordic Semiconductor.
Features:

  • Precompiled binary, signed and encrypted
    • Enclosed script can be used to update modem FW via application domain from PC
    • Secure boot with image authentication
  • LTE Rel-13 Cat-M1 (LTE-M/eMTC)
  • LTE Rel-13 Cat-NB1 (NB-IoT)
  • Type B half duplex (HD), frequency division duplex (FDD)
  • Initially Certified bands: B1, B3, B20, B8, B28 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
  • GPS L1 C/A receiver
  • Single shot, fixed interval and continuous tracking modes

Note: it is not possible to downgrade to previous modem firmware releases after applying this upgrade.


Version 0.7.0-29.alpha, updated band support:

Cat-M1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28 and 66.
Cat-NB1 operation is enabled on E-UTRA Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28 and 66.

This release is aligned with v0.9 of nRF91 AT command reference guide.


 

nRF9160 LTE-M/NB-IoT/GPS Modem Firmware 

and Modem DFU Tool

Selected version

0.7.0-29.alpha

mfw_nrf9160_0.7.0-29.alpha.zip

nRF9160 DK board controller firmware

Only needed if you accidentally erase the firmware in the board controller

Selected version

1.0.0

nRF9160_DK_board_controller_FW.hex

Changelog:

1.0.0

Altium files for nRF9160

Selected version

0.8.5

PCA10090_Altium_v0.8.5.zip

Schematics and layout for nRF9160DK

Selected version

0.8.5

pca10090_schematic_and_pcb_rev085.pdf