NINA-B1 Series Summary Datasheet by U-Blox

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NINA-B1 series
Stand-alone Bluetooth 5 low energy modules with NFC
Feature rich Bluetooth 5 low energy with most worldwide certifications
Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh
u-connect software for accelerated time to market
Open CPU for customer applications
Hardware optimized for performance and low power consumption
Pin compatible with other NINA modules
Multiple antenna options
Product Summary
Product description
The NINA-B1 series modules are small, stand-alone Bluetooth
low energy modules featuring Bluetooth 5, a powerful Arm®
Cortex®-M4 with FPU, and state-of-the-art power perfor-
mance. The embedded low power crystal in NINA-B1 minimiz-
es power consumption, thus extending the battery life.
The NINA-B1 is delivered with u-connectXpress software that
provides support for u-blox Bluetooth low energy Serial Port
Service, GATT client and server, beacons, NFC™, and simul-
taneous peripheral and central roles all configurable from a
host by using AT commands.
NINA-B1 offers full flexibility for customers who prefer their
application to run on the built-in Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU.
With 512kB flash and 64 kB RAM, it offers the best-in-class
capacity for customer applications running on top of the Blue-
tooth low energy stack using SDK from Nordic Semiconductor
or Arm Mbed. Additionally, NFC and interfaces such as SPI, I2C,
and I2S are available, and features like Bluetooth mesh, AirFuel,
and Apple HomeKit are also supported. In combination with
Wirepas Connectivity stack, NINA-B1 can form large scale
industrial mesh networks for several applications, such as
lighting, asset tracking, and metering.
NINA-B112 comes with an internal antenna and NINA-B111
has a pin for use with an external antenna. The internal PIFA
antenna is specifically designed for the small NINA-B1 form
factor and provides an extensive range of more than 300 m,
independent of ground plane and component placement.
The NINA-B1 series is globally certified for use with the inter-
nal antenna or a range of external antennas. This reduces time
and effort for customers integrating NINA-B1 in their designs.
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Standard
Professional
Automotive
NINA-B111
NINA-B112
Grade
Automotive
Professional • •
Standard
Radio
Bluetooth profiles G
Bluetooth qualification v5.0
Bluetooth low energy • •
Bluetooth output power EIRP [dBm] 76
Max range [meters] 350 300
NFC for “Touch to Pair” • •
Antenna type p i
Application software
u-connectXpress software • •
Open CPU for embedded customer
applications • •
Interfaces
UART 11
SPI  
I2C 
I2S 
GPIO pins 719 719
AD converters (ADC)  
Features
AT command interface • •
GATT server and client
Extended Data Mode • •
Low Energy Serial Port Service • •
Throughput [Mbit/s] 0.8 1.4 0.8 1.4
Maximum Bluetooth connections 7 20 7 20
FOTA  
Mesh networking  
G = GATT p = Antenna pin
i = Internal antenna
= Feature enabled by HW. The actual
support depends on the open CPU
application SW.
10.0 × 10.6 × 2.2 mm 10.0 × 14.0 × 3.8 mm
NINA-B1 series
Features
Bluetooth v5.0 (Bluetooth low energy)
NFC NFC-A tag support
Range NINA-B111: 350 m, antenna pin reference
design with 1/2 wave antenna
NINA-B112: 300 m, internal antenna
Max. conducted
output power
4 dBm
Max. radiated
output power
(EIRP)
7 dBm with approved antennas
Receiver sensitivity NINA-B111: –95 dBm Conducted
(–98 dBm with approved antennas)
NINA-B112: –97 dBm
u-connectXpress software
This section describes the NINA-B1 features when used with the
embedded u-connectXpress software. All NINA-B1 modules are
delivered with this software and the module is configured using AT
commands.
Software features u-blox Low Energy Serial Port Service (SPS);
GATT server and client via AT commands;
Configuration over air; Extended Data Mode
(EDM) protocol for simultaneous AT commands
and data, and multiple simultaneous data
streams; beacons; NFC tag for pairing and data
HW interfaces UART, 7 x GPIO pins
Configuration AT Commands
Support tools s-center
Operating modes Central role (7 simultaneous links)
Peripheral role
Simultaneous central and peripheral roles
(7 simultaneous links)
LE 1M PHY
LE 2M PHY
Advertising Extensions
LE Data Length Extension
Security Secure Simple Pairing
128-bit AES encryption
LE secure connections
Throughput 780 kbps
Open CPU for customer application
Customers can develop and embed their own application on top of
the Bluetooth stack and software inside the NINA-B1 module (open
CPU concept). This section describes features specific to using
NINA-B1 with an open CPU. Many software features are already
available via Arm Mbed or Nordic SDK environment, and more are
added continously.
Development
environment
Nordic SDK (including Bluetooth Mesh
HomeKit, AirFuel, IoT); Arm Mbed 5; Wirepas
connectivity software (for large scale mesh
networking)
HW interfaces* NFC tag for pairing UART
3 x SPI 2 x I2C
19 x GPIO pins I2S
8 x ADC channels PDM
12 x PWM QDEC
Security Secure Simple Pairing
128-bit AES encryption
LE secure connections
* Not all simultaneously
Package
Dimensions NINA-B111: 10.0 x 10.6 x 2.2 mm
NINA-B112: 10.0 x 14.0 x 3.8 mm
Weight < 1.0 g
Mounting Machine mountable
Solder pins
Environmental data, quality & reliability
Operating
temperature
–40 °C to +85 °C
Storage
temperature
–40 °C to +85 °C
Humidity RH 5-90% non-condensing
Electrical data
Power supply 1.7 V to 3.6 VDC
Power consumption Active TX @ 0 dBm: 5.3 mA
Standby: 2.2 µA
Sleep: 300 nA (with wake-up on external event)
Certifications and approvals
Type approvals Europe (ETSI RED); US (FCC/CFR 47 part 15
unlicensed modular transmitter approval);
Australia (ACMA); New Zealand; Brazil (Anatel);
Canada (IC RSS); Japan (MIC - formerly
TELEC); South Africa (ICASA); South Korea
(KCC); Taiwan (NCC)
Health and safety EN 62479, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1
Medical Electrical
Equipment
EN 60601-1-2
Bluetooth
qualification
v5.0 (Bluetooth low energy)
Support products
The evaluation kits include a NINA-B1 module on an evaluation
board with built-in debugging capabilities. To be used with Nordic
SDK or Arm Mbed as a development kit or with s-center to evaluate
the u-connectXpress software. A blueprint is available on request,
which includes a NINA-B1 module, a sensor, LEDs, buttons, and the
source code for NINA-B1 and smart phones.
EVK-NINA-B111 Evaluation kit for NINA-B111 module with
antenna pin and external antenna
EVK-NINA-B112 Evaluation kit for NINA-B112 module with
internal antenna
Product variants
NINA-B111 With antenna pin
NINA-B112 With internal antenna
Modules are shipped with the u-connectXpress software and can be
re-flashed with customer application (open CPU).
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