u‑blox launches NINA-B3, its full-featured Bluetooth 5 module



Thalwil, Switzerland – October 3, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in
wireless and positioning modules and chips, is announcing the launch of its 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.

“We’re very excited to present u‑blox’s solution to bring, for the first time,
Bluetooth technology to applications that require long range connectivity and high
data rates,” says Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short
Range Radio at u‑blox.” Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip, the u‑blox
NINA‑B3 Bluetooth low energy module stands out for the attention given to
streamlining product development.

The full Bluetooth 5 NINA‑B3 module is available in two flavors. The first variant,
NINA‑B31, comes pre-flashed with u-blox’s Connectivity Software, the most
feature-rich and easy-to-use on the market. For product developers, eliminating the
need for embedded programming means smoother, hassle-free integration and
accelerated time-to-market. And 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 customers a broader scope of application thanks
to Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a whole host of wired and
wireless interfaces. Its powerful Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced
applications right on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately,
shrinking end device size and cutting costs.

NINA‑B3 is available with a highly 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 Wi‑Fi or Bluetooth
connectivity.

Customers can expect to get their hands on first samples by Q1 2018.

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