Nordic nRF9160 Development Kit

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About the Nordic nRF9160 DK Kit

Nordic Semi LogoThe nRF9160 DK is a pre-certified, single-board development kit for evaluation and development on the nRF9160 SiP for LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS. It also includes an nRF52840 board controller that, for example, can be used to build a Bluetooth Low Energy gateway.

It has a dedicated LTE-M and NB-IoT antenna that supports a wide range of bands to operate globally. LTE bands B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28 and B66 have been certified. See the for more details.

A dedicated patch antenna for GNSS, and a 2.4 GHz antenna for Bluetooth LE are included on the board. SWF RF connectors are available for the LTE-M/NB-IoT and 2.4 GHz antennas. A connector is also available to attach an external GNSS antenna.

 All GPIOs and interfaces (SPI/TWI/UART) are available via connectors. It is Arduino Uno Rev3 compatible, meaning it can be easily interfaced with external device shields.

 User-programmable LEDs (4), buttons (2), and switches (2) are available to easily give input and get output. The nRF9160 DK has both a 4FF SIM card slot and an MFF2 SIM footprint, to support both plug-in and soldered (e)SIMs. It is bundled with an eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB.

 Programming and debugging are enabled through the Segger J-Link OB, which also supports external targets. The nRF9160 DK is supported by a full suite of development software and tools, which are all free to download and use commercially.

 nRF Connect SDK includes everything needed to get started: application layer protocols, examples, peripheral drivers, and more. The kit can easily be connected to our cloud solution, nRF Cloud. The nRF Link Monitor tool located in nRF Connect for Desktop provides an AT command interface that enables you to test your link, and extract information about the network.

 The nRF9160 SiP and nRF9160 Development Kit are now in production and are suitable for full end-to-end sensor-to-cloud development.

Summary of Key Features

  • Global LTE-M/NB-IoT antenna
  • GNSS antenna
  • Arduino Uno form factor
  • Supports Bluetooth LE
  • 4 LEDs user-programmable
  • 2 buttons user-programmable
  • 2 switches user-programmable
  • SEGGER J-Link OB Debugger with debug out support
  • UART interface through VCOM port
  • USB connection for debug/programming and power
  • Bundled with an eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB


SIM Card and Connecting to Nordic's nRF Cloud

The roadtester will receive an iBasis SIM card. Click here to see its coverage areas.

You will received free 10MB of data.

You will need to register on Nordic's nRF Cloud and activate the SIM card. Click here to go to the instructions.

Additional Information

Important Dates

Enrollment Begins May 8, 2022
Enrollment Closes June 21 2022
RoadTesters Selected June 23 2022
Products Shipped July 7 2022
Roadtesting Begins July 14 2022
element14 Team Follow Up August 14 2022
Publish Reviews by September 14 2022

Terms and Conditions

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The following applicants have been selected as official roadtesters:

skruglewicz (deadline Sept 14 2022)

josesnchz (deadline September 15 2022)

Pablosanserr (deadline September 15 2022)

razvis (deadline September 18 2022)

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  • No. Since website upgrade, announcement is done by editing description and linking RoadTesters profiles at the end of description. In this case there are still no RoadTesters announced yet. Most probably they are busy with organising contents at this time because lot of competitions were announced, they were busy with shipping prizes and also one competion concluded at this time if I rememeber correctly.