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Prototyping for Cellular IoT with the “Thingy:91”

Jan. 3, 2020
Driven by an nRF9160 SiP, the prototyping platform is certified for low-power, long-range LTE-M/NB-IoT.

Nordic Semiconductor’s Thingy:91 prototyping platform targets cellular IoT applications. It’s powered from a 1440-mAh Li-ion battery that’s rechargeable through an onboard USB connector. The heart of the board is an nRF9160 system-in-package (SiP) that incorporates an Arm Cortex-M33 application processor, an LTE modem, GPS, and an RF front-end system. In addition, the platform is certified for global low-power, long-range LTE-M/NB-IoT use, which allows developers to operate worry-free throughout many of the world’s frequency bands.

A major feature of the development board is the wide array of sensors available, including temperature, humidity, air quality, air pressure, color and light, and G-force accelerometers. The kit comes preloaded with application tracking software.

Nordic Semiconductor, Karenslyst Allé 5, 0278 Oslo, Norway; phone: +47 22 54 84 60;

About the Author

Cabe Atwell

Engineer, Machinist, Maker, Writer. A graduate Electrical Engineer actively plying his expertise in the industry and at his company, Gunhead. When not designing/building, he creates a steady torrent of projects and content in the media world. Many of his projects and articles are online at element14 & SolidSmack, industry-focused work at EETimes & EDN, and offbeat articles at Make Magazine. Currently, you can find him hosting webinars and contributing to Penton’s Electronic Design and Machine Design.

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