The nRF9160 has GCF certification for compliance to the 3GPP LTE specification and global cellular network interoperability, as well as required FCC and CE regulatory certifications. This means it is approved for deployment globally.
At 10 x 16 x 1mm, the nRF9160 SiP is a complete solution that only needs an external battery, SIM, and antenna to operate. For the integration, Nordic partnered with Qorvo to make a SiP resembles an IC more than a module. The nRF9160 SiP leverages Qorvo's RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield technology to combine high performance with low power consumption.
The nRF9160 SiP is also the first cellular IoT module to incorporate Arm's Arm Cortex M-33 CPU core, which is supported by 1MB Flash and 256kB of RAM. It also is the first module to incorporate Arm's TrustZone and Arm CryptoCell security for Internet-level encryption and application protection. The nRF9160 SiP also features a broad range peripheral set, integrated GPS, analogue and digital interfaces, 32 GPIOs, a stand-alone modem with full LTE capability, plus a multiband RF front-end.