CE-certified Development Platform with Integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT Modem Provides Low Power Cellular IoT Wireless Connectivity

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ByLakshita Khanna 0

Nordic-powered LTE-M/NB-IoT Development Platform

German venture studio Next Big Thing AG (NBT) has launched an IoT sensor-based development platform ‘Prometheus’ which is powered by Nordic’s nRF9160 low power System-in-Package (SiP) with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GNSS and is designed to simplify prototyping and speed time-to-market for developers of cellular IoT- and Cloud-based solutions. This platform supports development across a wide range of industrial applications including the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and logistics sectors. 

The nRF9160 SiP’s 64MHz Arm Cortex-M33 dedicated application processor provides sufficient computational power to not only supervise the LTE-M/NB-IoT modem’s cellular connectivity but also all other product functionality. Moreover, the SiP’s 1MB Flash and 256kB RAM support fast response and complex application software. 

This CE-certified development platform features a wide range of sensors and interfaces and includes Nordic’s nRF52832 Bluetooth 5.2/Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) general purpose multiprotocol System-on-Chip (SoC) to provide support for Bluetooth LE connectivity. It provides an industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and is optimized for low power consumption.

In addition, this development platform features a stable embedded software stack, fully encrypted communication, mesh connectivity for short-range communication, automatic switching between NB-IoT and LTE-M cellular IoT connectivity, and advanced provisioning tools.

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