Nordic Semiconductor (OSX:NOD) is a Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specializing in the wireless communication technology that powers the Internet of Things (IoT). Nordic was established in 1983 and now has more than 600 employees across the globe. The company pioneered ultra-low power (coin cell-powered) wireless from the early 2000s, and helped develop Bluetooth Low Energy, a rapidly growing, multi-vendor, short-range wireless technology widely adopted in the computer, gaming, wellbeing, mobile, consumer, healthcare, and automation sectors.
Today, the company’s products are used by the world’s leading brands and it is the market leader (measured by design certifications) with its award-winning, high-performance yet easy to design-in Bluetooth 5/Bluetooth Low Energy solutions. Nordic also offers proven products for other mature and up-and-coming wireless technologies—that will be ubiquitous in tomorrow’s smart homes, offices, and factories—including ANT+, Thread, Zigbee, and other 2.4-GHz protocols. The company is a member of the ANT+ Alliance, Bluetooth SIG, Thread Group, and Zigbee Alliance.
Nordic built its market reputation by supplying leading-edge wireless technologies supported by development tools that shield the designer from RF complexity, allowing anyone with a bright idea (even those with no RF-engineering knowledge) to build innovations based on the IoT platform. It is an approach the company has extended to its latest technology, cellular IoT—a low power wide area network solution, four years in development, based on NarrowBand IoT and LTE Cat M1 specifications—that leverages established 4G and 5G cellular infrastructure to dramatically multiply the penetration of the IoT.
The nRF9160 SiP is making the latest LTE technology accessible for a wide range of applications and developers. Through the high integration and pre-certification for global operation, it solves the complex wireless design challenges as well as the comprehensive set of qualifications needed to utilize cellular technology.
By integrating an application processor, multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, RF front end (RFFE), GPS and power management in a 10x16x1 mm package, it offers the most compact solution for cellular IoT (cIoT) on the market.Targeting asset tracking applications, the nRF9160 SiP has built-in GPS. It combines location data from the cellular network with GPS satellite trilateration to allow remote monitoring of the device positioThe nRF9160 SiP is making the latest LTE technology accessible for a wide range of applications and developers.
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 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 so far, with many more planned: nordicsemi.com/9160cert
Included is also a dedicated antenna for GPS, and a 2.4 GHz antenna to be used with Bluetooth LE. SWF RF connectors are available for all antennas.
The Nordic Thingy:91 is a battery-operated prototyping platform for cellular IoT, certified for global operation. It integrates the nRF9160 SiP, supporting LTE-M, NB-IoT and GPS, and a nRF52840 board controller, supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC. Source code for firmware, hardware layout, schematics are all available for free.
It is the ideal platform for rapidly developing a prototype for any cellular IoT concept. It is especially suited for any flavor of asset tracking application. Find the position with the GPS integrated in the nRF9160 SiP, and use the accelerometers to do motion analysis and sleep when nothing is happening.
An exhaustive set of sensors is included to gather data about the environment, and the movement of the Nordic Thingy:91. Temperature, humidity, air quality, air pressure, color and light data can easily be extracted for local or remote analysis.
For input, the Nordic Thingy:91 offers a user-programmable button. Visual output is achieved with user-programmable RGB LEDs, while a buzzer can provide audible output.
The nRF5340 is the world’s first wireless SoC with two Arm® Cortex®-M33 processors. It is truly secure, and the combination of two flexible processors, the advanced feature set, and an operating temperature up to 105 °C, make it the ideal choice for professional lighting, advanced wearables, and other complex IoT applications.
The nRF52840 is an advanced, highly flexible single chip solution for today’s increasingly demanding ULP wireless applications for connected devices on our person, connected living environments and the IoT at large. It is designed ready for the major feature advancements of Bluetooth® 5 and takes advantage of Bluetooth 5’s increased performance capabilities which include long range and high throughput modes. Inherent industry-grade security is essential in today’s applications. The nRF52840 adds best-in-class security for CortexTM-M Series with on-chip ARM® CryptoCell cryptographic accelerator.
The nRF52840 DK is an affordable single-board development kit for Bluetooth® 5, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, ANT, 802.15.4 and 2.4 GHz proprietary applications using the nRF52840 multi-protocol SoC. The nRF52840 DK also supports development for the nRF52811.
The kit is compatible with the Arduino Uno Rev3 standard making it possible to use a wide range of 3rd-party shields during development.
The kit has access to all I/Os (48) and interfaces via connectors and there is an integrated PCB trace antenna and an RF connector for direct RF test measurements. There is also a connector for an external NFC antenna (included in kit).
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