Bluetooth 5 MCU module supports latest mesh additions

October 03, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Bluetooth 5 MCU module supports latest mesh additions
u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) has added a full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA-B3 wireless MCU (microcontroller unit) module. Featuring Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and supporting Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA-B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems.

Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip, the u-blox NINA-B3 Bluetooth low energy module can streamline product development. The full Bluetooth 5 NINA-B3 module is available in two variants. The first, NINA-B31, comes pre-flashed with u-blox’s Connectivity Software. For product developers, eliminating the need for embedded programming means smoother, trouble-free integration and accelerated time-to-market. u-blox’s proprietary secure boot ensures that security needs are met, even for the most critical industrial and medical applications.


The second variant, NINA-B30, gives designers a broader scope of application with Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a range of wired and wireless interfaces. Its ARM Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced applications on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately, shrinking end device size and cutting costs.


NINA-B3 is available with a 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 WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity.


Samples are scheduled for Q1 2018.





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