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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 this 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 Connect for 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. 

Download PDF Download nRF9160 DK product brief (PDF)

Key Features
LTE-M
NB-IoT
+23dBm
output
GPS
location
TrustZone
Arm
CryptoCell
Arm
SIM
card
J-Link
Segger
Arduino Uno
form factor
4 LEDs
programmable
4 Buttons
programmable
Antennas
LTE/GPS

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

2021-03-01_8e8c6089

nrf9160dk_fw_2021-03-01_8e8c6089.zip

Changelog:

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 (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
    • 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 positioning
    • GPS L1 C/A receiver during LTE PSM and Idle DRX/extended-DRX modes
    • 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-RSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA        
      {0xC0,0x14}
      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

1.2.3 nRF91 firmware binaries

mfw_nrf9160_1.2.3.zip

Changelog:

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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

Please see release notes inside .zip archive for details.

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 v0.7.0
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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