Nordic Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in ultra-low power performance wireless system on a chip and connectivity devices for the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) band, with power consumption and cost, being the main focus areas, in a recent statement, announced the availability of the first nRF9160 system-in-package (SiP) member of its nRF91 series of cellular Internet of Things (IoT) modules.
The nRF9160 has received GCF (Global Certification Forum) certification, a trusted mobile communications industry quality mark denoting compliance with the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) LTE specification and global cellular network interoperability, along with separately required FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and CE (European Conformity) regulatory certifications. The nRF9160 SiP has deployment approval in cellular networks and cellular IoT product applications all around the world.
The nRF9160 SiP is perfectly suited for compact wearable consumer and medical devices, but can also integrate everything a cellular connection and IoT application may require beyond an external battery, SIM, and antenna. Nordic partnered with Qorvo, to achieve this level of integration, to come up with a SiP, that is more of an integrated chip than a module. The SiP leverages Qorvo’s RF front-end, advanced packaging, and MicroShield technologies, and supports global operation with a single SiP variant, by combining Nordic’s multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, a SAW-less transceiver, and a custom RF front-end solution from Qorvo.