Thingy:91 v1.0.0

Nordic Thingy:91

The Nordic Thingy:91™ is a battery-operated prototyping platform for cellular IoT, certified for global operation. It is ideal for rapid development of prototypes for cellular IoT systems and is especially suited for asset tracking applications and environmental monitoring.

Nordic Thingy:91 includes sensors that gather data about its own movements and the surrounding environment. Temperature, humidity, air quality, air pressure, color, and light data can easily be extracted for local or remote analysis. For input, the Nordic Thingy:91 offers a user-programmable button. Visual output is achieved with RGB indicator LEDs, while a buzzer can provide audible output. The standard application firmware on Nordic Thingy:91 extracts the data from the different sensors and relays it securely to the nRF Connect for Cloud, where it is displayed in a user-friendly interface.

The firmware supports concurrent operation with LTE Link Monitor, a tool providing an AT command interface, enabling link and network testing. LTE Link Monitor is an application, which is implemented as part of the nRF Connect for Desktop application. The firmware has been developed using the nRF Connect Software Development Kit (SDK). It is open source and can be leveraged and modified to suit your specific needs. The firmware can be updated and debugged by using an external programmer/debug probe, for example nRF9160 Development Kit (DK) or J-Link device supporting Arm Cortex-M33.

Nordic Thingy:91 integrates the nRF9160 System in Package (SiP)1, supporting LTE-M, NB-IoT and Global Positioning System (GPS), and the nRF52840 System on Chip (SoC), supporting Bluetooth® Low Energy and Near Field Communication (NFC) passive tag.
Note: LTE-M or LTE NB-IoT can operate simultaneously with Bluetooth LE.

Source code for firmware, hardware layout, and schematics are all available on our web site

Nordic Thingy:91 has an antenna supporting GPS, LTE-M, and NB-IoT that enables it to support a global range of LTE bands. It has two antennas connected to the nRF52840: a 2.4 GHz antenna for Bluetooth LE and an NFC passive tag antenna. To connect to cellular network out of the box, Nordic Thingy:91 has a nano/4FF SIM card slot and is bundled with a SIM card from iBasis that comes preloaded with 10 MB.

NFC in Nordic Thingy:91 operates as a passive tag (e.g. it does not feature a reader function). Nordic Thingy:91 may use this tag function for the Out of Band pairing feature as described in the Bluetooth Core Specification.

A 1400 mAh rechargeable Li-Po battery is also part of this prototyping platform giving a smooth transition into prototype field-testing.

Key features of Nordic Thingy:91


nRF52840 WLCSP

Environmental protection: Waste electrical products should not be disposed of with household waste.
The universal recycling symbol

The battery in this product cannot be easily replaced by users themselves. Batteries should be removed only by qualified professionals due to safety concerns.

1 The nRF9160 SiP is certified for USA bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, and 66. However, Nordic Thingy:91 operates and is only certified for USA bands 2, 4, 12, and 13. The Nordic Thingy:91 firmware is written and documented to only use this subset of USA bands.
2 The application currently enables the following frequency bands: 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, 13, 20, and 28.