Blue Coral - Energy Autonomous Sensor Fusion Platform with nRF9160 Low Power SiP for Plug and Forget IoT Designs

Nordic's nRF9160 Low Power SiP

Nowi’s ‘Blue Coral - Energy Autonomous Sensor Fusion Platform’ has employed Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP to provide global low power, LTE-M, and NB-IoT connectivity. Combining Nordic SiP’s multimode cellular IoT connectivity alongside Nowi’s ‘NH2’ energy harvesting power management IC (PMIC), the new platform can be used to develop and commercialize plug and forget cellular IoT-based sensor solutions powered by harvested solar energy.


The new modular platform offers both LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity, eSIM, and nano-SIM formats, as well as a MikroE ‘mikroBUS’ header in small 60 x 65 mm dimensions. Combined with Nowi’s NH2 PMIC, the platform allows for simple and fast development of low-cost energy-autonomous connected products.


Featuring a 64MHz Arm Cortex-M33 dedicated application processor, the nRF9160 SiP offers multimode LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular connectivity and an LTE modem that supports both iBASIS eSIM and nano-SIM options to offer users secure and readily accessible network access worldwide. As a lowest power consumption cellular IoT solution, the nRF9160 SiP has been designed for low power operations that support PSM and eDRX power saving modes.


The dedicated application processor of the nRF9160 low-power SiP includes 1MB Flash and 256kB RAM, a range of analog and digital peripherals, automated power and clock management, Arm TrustZone for trusted execution, and Arm CryptoCell 310 for application-layer security. It also includes an LTE modem that offers 700 to 2200MHz LTE band support, 23dBm output power, and single pin 50 Ω antenna- and UICC-interfaces.


Features of nRF9160 Low Power SiP

  • Fully integrated SiP for cellular IoT
  • Multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem with GPS
  • 700-2200 MHz LTE band support
  • Certified for global operation
  • A dedicated application processor and memory
  • 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M33
  • 1 MB flash + 256 KB RAM
  • Arm TrustZone + Arm CryptoCell


Note: More technical information can be found in the nRF9160 Datasheet linked at the bottom of this page.

Component Datasheet

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