Bluetooth 5 low energy module is now qualified for long range

4th October 2018
Lanna Cooper

u-blox has 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 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.

“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," explained 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 1,500 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 specialised 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 suitable 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, 1MB flash memory and 256kB RAM. NINA-B3 still provides pin and form factor compatibility with the wider family of u-blox NINA modules for Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC, providing a fast upgrade path and flexibility for customers designing devices for several radio solutions.

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