Full Bluetooth 5 compliant wireless MCU module

October 03, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Swiss company, u‑blox has launched a full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA-B3 wireless MCU (microcontroller unit) module that features Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and support for Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4.

NINA‑B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking, and building automation systems.

“Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip, the u‑blox NINA‑B3 Bluetooth low energy module stands out for the attention given to streamlining product development," says Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox

The full Bluetooth 5 NINA‑B3 module is available in two flavors. The first variant, NINA‑B31, comes pre-flashed with the company's feature-rich, easy-to-use Connectivity Software. For product developers, eliminating the need for embedded programming means smoother, hassle-free integration and accelerated time-to-market. Furtrher, proprietary secure boot ensures that security needs are met, even for the most critical industrial and medical applications.

The second variant, NINA‑B30, gives customers a broader scope of application thanks to Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a whole host of wired and wireless interfaces. Its powerful Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced applications right on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately, shrinking end device size and cutting costs.

NINA‑B3 is available with a highly sensitive internal antenna specifically designed for the module’s small form factor, achieving optimal radio range performance even in small end product designs. Pin compatibility with the other u‑blox NINA short-range communication modules limits design effort for product developers developing multiple device variants, e.g., featuring only Wi‑Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

First samples are expected by Q1 2018.


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