nRF9160 DK v1.0.0

nRF9160 DK board control

The nRF52840 controls analog switches on the nRF9160 DK, enabling routing of some of the nRF9160 GPIO pins to onboard functionality, for example LEDs, or the regular GPIO interfaces.

For details on which GPIOs on the nRF9160 can be routed by these analog switches, see the following table.

Table 1. Board control routing
Name nRF52 control GPIO Hardware default nRF9160 GPIO External1 Default Optional
nRF91_UART1 (nRF91_APP1) P1.14 0 P0.26 P6_pin6 (D19) VCOM0_RTS
    P0.27 P6_pin7 (D20) VCOM0_CTS
    P0.28 P6_pin8 (D21) VCOM0_TXD
    P0.29 P24_pin4 (D22) VCOM0_RXD
nRF91_UART2 (nRF91_APP2) P1.12 1 P0.01 P3_pin2 (D1) VCOM2_RXD
    P0.00 P3_pin1 (D0) VCOM2_TXD
    P0.15/ AIN2 P2_pin2 (A1) VCOM2_RTS
    P0.14/ AIN1 P2_pin1 (A0) VCOM2_CTS
nRF91_LED1 P1.05 0 P0.02 P3_pin3 (D2) LED 1
nRF91_LED2 P1.07 0 P0.03 P3_pin4 (D3) LED 2
nRF91_LED3 P1.01 0 P0.04 P3_pin5 (D4) LED 3
nRF91_LED4 P1.03 0 P0.05 P3_pin6 (D5) LED 4
nRF91_SWITCH1 P1.09 0 P0.082 P3_pin7 (D6) Switch 1
nRF91_SWITCH2 P0.08 0 P0.09 P3_pin8 (D7) Switch 2
nRF91_BUTTON1 P0.06 0 P0.06 P4_pin1 (D8) Button 1
nRF91_BUTTON2 P0.26 0 P0.07 P4_pin2 (D9) Button 2
nRF_IF0-2_CTRL (nRF91_GPIO) P0.13 0 P0.17/ AIN4 P2_pin4 (A3) nRF52_P0.17
    P0.18/ AIN5 P2_pin5 (A4) nRF52_P0.20
    P0.19/ AIN6 P2_pin6 (A5) nRF52_P0.15
nRF_IF3-5_CTRL (nRF91_TRACE) P0.24 0 P0.21 P6_pin1 (D14) / P25_pin12 (TRACECLK)3 nRF52_P0.22
    P0.22 P6_pin2 (D15) / P25_pin14 (TRACEDATA0)3 nRF52_P1.04
    P0.23 P6_pin3 (D16) / P25_pin16 (TRACEDATA1)3 nRF52_P1.02
nRF_IF6-8_CTRL (nRF91_COEX) P1.10 0 GPS_EN P24_pin1 (COEX0) nRF52_P1.13
    COEX1 P24_pin2 (COEX1) nRF52_P1.11
    COEX2 P24_pin3 (COEX2) nRF52_P1.15
nRF_IF9_CTRL P0.16 0 P0.24 P6_pin4 (D17) / P25_pin28 (TRACEDATA2)3 nRF52_P0.18_Reset
IO_EXP_EN P0.14 0 P0.062 P3_pin7 (D6) IO_EXP nINT
    P0.30 P4_pin9 (SDA) IO_EXP SDA
    P0.31 P4_pin10 (SCL) IO_EXP SCL
EXT_MEM_CTRL P0.19 0 P0.11 (MOSI) P4_pin4 (D11) EXT_FLASH SI
    P0.12 (MISO) P4_pin5 (D12) EXT_FLASH SO
    P0.13/ AIN0 (SCK) P4_pin6 (D13) EXT_FLASH CSK
    P0.25 (nCS) P6_pin5 (D18) / P25_pin20 (TRACEDATA3)3,4 EXT_FLASH nCS
The name to be used when referring to this signal path and the configuration needed to control it.
nRF52 control GPIO
The GPIOs on nRF52840 that are used to control the analog switches.
Hardware default
The default logic level of the control signal if pin is not driven.
nRF9160 GPIO
The GPIOs on nRF9160 that can be configured.
The connector and pin with permanent routing of the nRF9160 GPIO, not affected by the board controller.
The default connection for the nRF9160 GPIO if the nRF52 control GPIO pins are not driven (Hardware default logic level).
The optional connection for the nRF9160 GPIO if the nRF52 control GPIO pins are driven to the opposite logic level than the hardware default.

The setup described as Default in the table above is active if all the GPIOs on nRF52840 listed as nRF52 control GPIO are not driven or driven according to the hardware default setting. There are pull resistors on the switch control lines, and therefore, Default can also be received if the control lines from the nRF52840 are not driven. If the optional routing is desired, the nRF52840 control GPIO pins must be set as outputs and driven high.

The nRF52840 is preprogrammed with firmware that provides a control setting. This might not be the same as the hardware default. Configurable code examples for the nRF52840 allowing to change the board routing can be found in the nRF Connect SDK. After the changes are done, the new program must be compiled and programmed to the nRF52840. See the nRF Connect SDK documentation on nRF9160 board controller for information on changing the configuration.

Note: To program and debug the nRF52840, nRF52 needs to be selected on the PROG/DEBUG switch (SW10).
Figure 1. nRF9160 DK board control
nRF9160 DK board control

Since this firmware in the nRF52840 decides the nRF9160 DK behavior, it is vital that it is always present in the nRF52840. If it is accidentally erased or firmware affecting the use of the key nRF52840 GPIOs is programmed in, nRF9160 DK functionality is not guaranteed. In such cases, nRF52840 needs to be preprogrammed with the default board control firmware from the nRF Connect SDK.

1 For the location of connectors, see nRF9160 DK (PCA10090), front view.
2 When the I/O expander is enabled, the interrupt line from the I/O expander shares the same GPIO as Switch 1.
3 Pins are shared with TRACE, and when TRACE functionality is to be used, you should make sure that the nRF52 control GPIO is in “Hardware default” state.
4 Solder bridge and test point are available and so functionality can be maintained by manually connecting the signal to a GPIO of choice even when TRACE is in use.