u-blox has introduced the new u-blox NORA-W10 Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth low energy 5.0 module that targets applications in harsh industrial environments, where reliable RF performance and small size are critical, as well as medical equipment, smart city solutions, and warehouse and retail applications. NORA-W10 is the successor of the NINA-W10 module, with key feature additions such as Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5.0, improved RF performance, built-in high-capacity flash memory, and low power consumption.
Offering single-band 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11b/g/n), NORA-W10 targets lower-end Wi-Fi segments that do not require the higher performance of higher-priced Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 modules. NORA-W10 can concurrently transmit data over Bluetooth low energy 5.0, which offers data rates up to 2 Mbps or, using Bluetooth Long Range, can increase signal propagation distances up to four-fold compared to standard Bluetooth LE.
This compact module builds on the Espressif ES32-S3 chipset, which hosts a powerful dual-core MCU with artificial intelligence hardware acceleration capable of enabling speech and face recognition applications at the edge. It offers a wide range of hardware interfaces, including USB, CAN, SDIO, and display and camera interfaces. The module’s dual-core Xtensa LX7 MCU is complemented by 8 MB of flash memory, 512 kb of RAM, and a total of 38 programmable GPIOs.
Key Features of NORA-W10 Module
- Wi-Fi 4 (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth Low Energy v5.0
- Powerful open CPU for advanced customer applications
- Small footprint and multiple antenna options with superior RF performance
- AI support for speech and face recognition
- Enhanced security features
- Global certification