Thalwil, Switzerland – October 4, 2018 – u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced that its NINA-B3 series are now qualified for all Bluetooth 5 features (including long range). With NINA-B3’s comprehensive Bluetooth 5 support, Bluetooth long range qualification and worldwide certifications, u-blox customers can open up new markets with innovative applications, further shorten time to market and make more efficient use of their engineering teams. The NINA-B3 wireless MCU module also brings access to u-blox’s Connectivity Software, the most advanced in the market in terms of flexibility, features and easiness of use.
“With the Bluetooth 5 qualification and global certifications, NINA-B3 now provides everything you need to add the latest Bluetooth low energy standard to any end product and assure customers of full standards compliance,” explains Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u-blox. “NINA-B3 provides full Bluetooth 5 support for 2x data throughput, 4x range and 8x broadcast data, and reaches ranges of up to 1500 meters in line of sight applications. And this tiny, low power module does all this in one of the smallest footprints on the market.”
NINA-B3 offers developers the choice of either working with the open CPU architecture or using the pre-flashed u-blox Connectivity Software, in which the latest Bluetooth low energy standard can be added to the end-product without any specialized knowledge of embedded programming or Bluetooth low energy
By combining, in open CPU architecture, a powerful core and versatile I/O with Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates, Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA-B3 is ideal for use in smart buildings, healthcare, smart cities, Industry 4.0, automotive and transportation. Additional applications include smart lighting systems, street lighting, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, building automation systems and more.
NINA-B3 is built around the powerful nRF52840 chip from Nordic Semiconductor with an Arm® Cortex®-M4, 1 MB flash memory and 256 kB RAM. NINA-B3 still provides pin and form factor compatibility with the wider family of u-blox NINA modules for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC™, providing a fast upgrade path and flexibility for customers designing devices for several radio solutions.
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.