Rutronik UK ships Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 SiP
To make LTE technology accessible, Nordic Semiconductor has developed the nRF9160 SiP which is now available from Rutronik UK. Its level of integration and pre-certification for global operation, solves complex wireless design challenges and enables developers to make easy use of this cellular technology, says the distributor.
It integrates an application microcontroller, LTE modem, RF front end and power management in a 10 x 16 x 1.0mm package. Targeting asset-tracking applications, the SiP is available with optional built-in GPS support. It combines location data from the cellular network with GPS satellite trilateration for precise positioning.
The globally compatible LTE modem supports the following bands: US: B2, B4, B5, B12, B13; EU/APAC: B3, B8, B20, B28.
The nRF9160 SiP has an integrated Arm Cortex M33-CPU and features Arm TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security technology. It includes digital and analogue interfaces and peripherals for single device design possibilities as well as modem firmware, RTOS and application software.
Nordic has also released a corresponding development kit for configuration and prototyping. It allows access to all I/O and interfaces via connectors and comes with a 4FF SIM card slot. For a direct start of development a SIM card with 10Mbyte credit is included. For larger volumes, Rutronik UK also offers special M2M SIM contracts. The board also integrates an nRF52840 SoC for Bluetooth 5, ANT, 802.15.4 and 2.4GHz proprietary applications. For the 802.15.4 interface ZigBee and Thread stacks are available free of charge. There are also four LEDs, two buttons and two switches that are user-programmable.
Target applications include device connection to the internet via cellular radio, logistics and asset tracking, metering, smart city, smart infrastructure, smart industry, smart agriculture, wearables and medical.
Rutronik UK is operating as an independent company with a team of UK employees with a broad experience of the electronics industry. Parent company Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente is one of the leading broadline distributors for semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components in addition to storage technologies, displays and boards and wireless products. The markets that the company primarily targets include automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting.