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Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160

nRF9160 - low power System-in-Package with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GPS

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The nRF9160 is a compact, highly-integrated System-in-Package that makes the latest low power LTE technology and advanced processing and security accessible, and easy to use, for a wide range of single device low power cellular IoT (cIoT) designs.

Incorporating an Arm Cortex-M33 application processor solely for applications, a full LTE modem, RF Front End (RFFE) and power management system. The nRF9160 is the most compact, complete and energy-efficient cellular IoT solution on the market.

The integrated modem supports both LTE-M and NB-IoT and can operate globally removing any need for regional variants. All power saving features including eDRX and PSM are supported as is with IPv4/IPv6 support up to transport and security (TCP/TLS) level. The modem firmware is upgradable via secure, encrypted Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) updates.

The Arm Cortex-M33 application processor is supported by 1MB of flash and 256kB RAM making advanced application development possible in a single device solution. 

A GPS receiver is integrated into the radio offering various modes of operation to suit a wide selection of applications that employ location-tracking functionality

A broad selection of general interfaces and peripherals and are included on nRF9160 including 12-bit ADC, RTC, SPI, I²C, I²S, UARTE, PDM and PWM.

Security is best-in-class with Arm TrustZone technology for isolation and protection of normal and secure zones for firmware and elements of hardware including memory and peripherals. Arm TrustZone helps build solid and secure ioT applications that feature secure boot, trusted firmware updates and root of trust implementations without performance compromise.

Arm CryptoCell enhances security still further by offering cryptographic and security resources to help to protect your IoT applications from various attack threats. CryptoCell is designed for high performance cryptography solutions optimized for energy-constrained devices.

The nRF9160 supports both SIM and eSIM for connection and authentication with mobile network operators.

Key features

LTE-M and NB-IoT modem

  • Pre-certified for global operation
  • 700 MHz - 2.2 GHz band support
  • 23 dBm output power
  • Assisted GPS
  • eDRX and PSM power saving modes
  • Coverage enhancement modes
  • SMS, IPv4/IPv6
  • Single pin 50 Ω antenna interface
  • UICC interface

Application Processor

  • 64 MHz Arm® Cortex®-M33 CPU
  • Arm TrustZone® for trusted execution
  • Arm CryptoCell 310 for application layer security
  • 1 MB Flash & 256 KB RAM
  • 4 x SPI/UART/TWI
  • PDM, I2S, PWM, ADC
  • Automated power and clock management
  • 32 GPIOs

Software Development kit

  • LWM2M client
  • Secure boot
  • Secure FOTA for application and modem
  • Peripheral driver libraries
  • Application examples


  • Logistics and asset tracking
  • Smart City
  • Smart Agriculture
  • Industrial & Predictive maintenance
  • Wearables
  • Medical


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nRF9160 Development Kit

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.

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