nRF9160 Product Specification

This Product Specification contains functional descriptions, register tables, and electrical specifications, and is organized into chapters based on the modules and peripherals that are available in this IC.

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  • ARM® Cortex® -M33
    • 243 EEMBC CoreMark score running from flash memory
    • Data watchpoint and trace (DWT), embedded trace macrocell (ETM), and instrumentation trace macrocell (ITM)
    • Serial wire debug (SWD)
    • Trace port
  • 1 MB flash
  • 256 kB low leakage RAM
  • ARM® Trustzone®
  • ARM® Cryptocell 310
  • Up to 4x SPI master/slave with EasyDMA
  • Up to 4x I2C compatible two-wire master/slave with EasyDMA
  • Up to 4x UART (CTS/RTS) with EasyDMA
  • I2S with EasyDMA
  • Digital microphone interface (PDM) with EasyDMA
  • 4x pulse width modulator (PWM) unit with EasyDMA
  • 12-bit, 200 ksps ADC with EasyDMA - eigth configurable channels with programmable gain
  • 3x 32-bit timer with counter mode
  • 2x real-time counter (RTC)
  • Programmable peripheral interconnect (PPI)
  • 32 general purpose I/O pins
  • Single supply voltage: 3.0 – 5.5 V
  • All necessary clock sources integrated
  • Package: 10 × 16 x 1.04 mm LGA

LTE modem:

  • Transceiver and baseband
  • 3GPP LTE release 13 Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 compliant
    • 3GPP release 13 coverage enhancement
  • 3GPP LTE release 14 Cat-NB2 compliant
  • GPS receiver
    • GPS L1 C/A supported
    • QZSS L1 C/A supported
  • RF transceiver for global coverage
    • Up to 23 dBm output power
    • -108 dBm sensitivity (LTE-M) for low band, -107 dBm for mid band
    • Single 50 Ω antenna interface
  • LTE band support in hardware:
    • Cat-M1: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66

    • Cat-NB1/NB2: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B17, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, B66
  • Supports SIM and eSIM with an ETSI TS 102 221 compatible UICC interface
  • Power saving features: DRX, eDRX, PSM
  • IP v4/v6 stack
  • Secure socket (TLS/DTLS) API

Current consumption @ 3.7 V:

  • Power saving mode (PSM) floor current: 2.7 µA
  • eDRX @ 82.91s: 18 µA in Cat-M1, 37 µA in Cat-NB1 (UICC included)
  • Sensor networks
  • Logistics and asset tracking
  • Smart energy
  • Smart building automation
  • Smart agriculture
  • Industrial
  • Retail and monitor devices
  • Medical devices
  • Wearables