NINA-B3 Series - Stand-alone Bluetooth 5 low energy modules

Compact stand-alone Bluetooth 5 Low Energy modules

The u-blox NINA-B3x series comprises two types of module - NINA-B30x and NINA-B31x:

NINA-B30x

NINA-B30x series are small, stand-alone Bluetooth low energy microcontroller unit (MCU) modules. NINA-B30 features full Bluetooth 5, a powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 with FPU, and state-of-the-art power performance. The embedded low power crystal in NINA-B30 improves the power consumption by enabling optimal power save modes.

Both variants are open CPU modules that enable customer applications to run on the built-in Arm Cortex-M4 with FPU. With 1 MB flash and 256 kB RAM, they offer the best-in-class capacity for customer applications on top of the Bluetooth low energy stack. Applications can include Bluetooth low energy services such as GATT, beacons, and mesh. Additionally, the modules support NFC™ and 802.15.4 with Thread. The modules have a range of wired interfaces, including UART, SPI, I2 C, I2 S, USB, QDEC, PDM, PWM, and ADC.

NINA-B302 comes with an internal antenna while NINA-B301 has a pin for use with an external antenna. The internal PIFA antenna is specifically designed for the small NINA form factor and provides an extensive range, independent of ground plane and component placement.

Features:

  • Full Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh, and 802.15.4 Thread
  • Open CPU architecture with powerful MCU for customer applications
  • Pin compatible with other NINA modules
  • Superior security functionality
  • Global certification • Multiple antenna options

NINA-B31x

The NINA-B31 series are small, stand-alone Bluetooth low energy wireless microcontroller unit (MCU) modules. NINA-B31 features full Bluetooth 5, a powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 with FPU, and state-of-the-art power performance. The embedded low power crystal in NINA-B31 improves the power consumption by enabling optimal power save modes. The NINA-B31 modules are delivered with u-blox connectivity software that provides support for u-blox Bluetooth low energy Serial Port Service, GATT client and server, beacons, NFC™, and simultaneous peripheral and central roles - all configurable from a host using AT commands.

The NINA-B31x modules provide top grade security, thanks to secure boot, which ensures the module only boots up with original u-blox software.

NINA-B312 comes with an internal antenna while NINA-B311 has a pin for use with an external antenna. The internal PIFA antenna is specifically designed for the small NINA form factor and provides an extensive range, independent of ground plane and component placement.

Features:

  • Full Bluetooth 5
  • u-blox advanced connectivity software pre-flashed
  • Pin compatible with other NINA modules
  • Superior security functionality
  • Global certification
  • Multiple antenna options

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Parameters
Features
Bluetooth v5.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
NFC NFC-A tag support
Range TBD
Max. conducted output power 8dBm
Conducted sensitivity

-95dBM (1Mbps modulation)

-103dBm (125kbps)

Open CPU for customer application (NINA-B30x)
Customer can develop and embed their own application on top of the Bluetooth stack in the NINA-B30x modules (open CPU concept). This section describes possible features enabled by the NINA-B30 hardware. Use Nordic Semiconductor's SDK environment to develop the connectivity and application software.
Development environment Nordic SDK (including Bluetooth Mesh HomeKit, AirFuel, IoT)
HW interfaces*

2 x UART

3 x SPI

38 x GPIO pins

8 x ADC channels

12 x PWM

1 x USB

2 x I²C

1 x I²S

1 x PDM

1 x QDEC

* Not all simultaneously

Security

Secure boot

Secure Simple Pairing

128-bit AES encryption

u-blox connectivity software (NINA-B31x) (planned features)
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; 2 Mbps modulation; 125 and 500 kbps modulation for long range functionality; Advertisement extensions
HW interfaces UART, SPI, GPIO
Configuration AT commands
Support tools s-center
Simultaneous connections

Secure boot

Secure Simple Pairing

Bluetooth Low Energy Secure connections

128-bit AES encryption

Throughput over UART

700kbps

Electrical data
Power supply 1.7 to 3.6VDC
Power consumption in Bluetooth LE mode

Active TX @ 0 dBm: 6.6 mA

Standby: 0.8 µA

Sleep: 400 nA (with wake-up on external event)

Package
Dimensions

NINA-B3x1: 10.0 x 11.6 x 1.9mm

NINA-B3x2: 10.0 x 15.0 x 3.5mm

Weight

<1g

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
Certifications and approvals (pending)
Type approvals Europe (RED); US (FCC/CFR 47 part 15 unlicensed modular transmitter approval); Australia (ACMA); New Zealand; Brazil (Anatel); Canada (IC RSS); Japan (MIC); South Africa (ICASA); South Korea (KCC); Taiwan (NCC)
Health and safety EN 62479, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1
Medical electrical equipment IEC 60601-1-2
Bluetooth qualification v5.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)

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Part No. Description Pack Size
NINA-B301
u-blox NINA-B301 module, Bluetooth 5, open CPU, antenna pin, MSL 4
Reel of 500
NINA-B302 u-blox NINA-B302 module, Bluetooth 5, open CPU, onboard antenna, MSL 4
Reel of 500
NINA-B311 u-blox NINA-B301 module, Bluetooth 5, u-blox connectivity software, antenna pin, MSL 4 Reel of 500
NINA-B312 u-blox NINA-B301 module, Bluetooth 5, u-blox connectivity software, onboard antenna, MSL 4 Reel of 500
EVK-NINA-B301 Evaluation kit for NINA-B301 module, open CPU, with antenna pin Each
EVK-NINA-B302 Evaluation kit for NINA-B302 module, open CPU, with onboard antenna Each
EVK-NINA-B311 Evaluation kit for NINA-B301 module, u-blox connectivity software, with antenna pin Each
EVK-NINA-B312 Evaluation kit for NINA-B301 module, u-blox connectivity software, with onboard antenna Each

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Last updated: 12 October 2017