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nRF9160 Feather

Single-unit price: $99.00 + shipping

Campaign scheduled end date: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 20:00:00 PDT

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Backers: 59

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Target: 108

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Funded: 68%

Product Details

Name

nRF9160 Feather

Brand / Manufacturer

Circuit Dojo

Manufacturer Part #

PS-NRF91-FEATHER

Product Description

The nRF9160 Feather by Jared Wolff (aka Circuit Dojo LLC) is an electronics development board. It features a Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160-SICA part. This part is capable of both CAT M1 LTE and NB-IoT for communication with the outside world. It's compatible primarily with Zephyr via the nRF Connect SDK. Other toolchains and languages coming soon to a Github repository near you.

Overview

Diagram

The nRF9160 Feather is a true Feather, and then some, board. As you would expect, It works well across both USB and LiPoly batteries. 

The board is designed to be nice to your batteries. Not only can you take advantage of Nordic's advanced power states, but you can also put the device into a low power standby state. Laboratory measurements are putting that mode at about 2µA of current. 2µA!

The nRF9160 Feather is also designed to take harness every last mW your battery has to offer. That means from full-to-empty it's using every last mW your battery has to offer. It runs at 3.3V and can support and work with most Featherwing boards!

Every nRF9160 Feather includes a Hologram Hyper SIM!

That's right! Thanks to Hologram, you're global-ready right out of the box.

Hologram Hyper Card

Hologram has by my SIM of choice during the testing of the nRF9160 Feather. To top it all off, they have a robust network of cellular partners across the world

Make sure you sign up for an account here. That way you're ready when your nRF9160 Feather hits your doorstep! 

For more information about Hologram, check out their website at https://www.hologram.io

Open Source

The nRF9160 Feather has been reviewed and the results are in.

It now has the Open Source Hardware Association stamp of approval!

That means you're able to view the source and build on the design yourself. All the Eagle files, PDF schematic, and 3D files are available for download today at the documentation website. (see below)

Documentation

Start here

Documentation is readily available and you can access it on docs.jaredwolff.com at any time.

Hardware is licensed with CERN 1.2, firmware with Apache 2.0, and documentation with CC-SA-4.0.

Runs on Zephyr and nRF Connect SDK

The nRF9160 Feather runs on the up-and-coming RTOS. Combined with Nordic's nRF Connect SDK and you have full-fledged support. More development ecosystems coming in the future...

 

This campaign is brought to you by Hackster Launch, a collaboration between Hackster.io and GroupGets to bring high quality hardware to market.

 

Why GroupGets?

In order to get the unit costs low enough, the manufacturer requires at least an order of 108 units. Help make this GroupGet a reality by supporting today!

External Links

Manufacturer product page


Purchase Information

Unit Deliverable

nRF9160 Feather + LTE/NB-IoT Antenna

Unit Price

$99.00

Campaign Part #

GG-P-814

Availability

Campaign active, scheduled end date: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 20:00:00 PDT

Factory Lead Time

35 Days


Options and Add-Ons

Active GPS Antenna

$10.00

Active GPS Antenna

nRF9160 Feather used an external active antenna. That means that it will work with most ceramic antennas that look like the one below. 

nRF9160 Feather GPS antenna

You also have the option to purchase a pre-verified module. Not all GPS antennas are made equal. Go with the included one and you'll be ready to rock.

Here are some additional antenna specs:

  • 18.6 x 18.6 mm
  • 5.1 mm thick
  • LNA Gain: 26 to 35 dB
  • Max noise figure: 1.4 dB
  • Cable length: 2.5in (63mm)

GPS Enclosure

$19.00

Enclosure!

Start your asset tracking projects off on the right foot with the nRF9160 Feather enclosure. It pairs perfectly with the GPS antenna and a 18650 battery cell. (not included). Check out the photos and details below:

nRF9160 Feather Enclosure

The case has a few features you may find handy:

  • 18650 holder
  • GPS antenna port
  • Standoffs for mounting the nRF9160 feather
  • USB cutout for easy DFU programming

Order it with your nRF9160 Feather and make the package complete! It comes in a kit including the 18650 holder enclosure and PH wire assembly.


Micro USB CAble

$5.00

Connect to your PC for power and USB-to-UART with this cable.


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    hello@...

    I have just created the GroupGet for nRF9160 Feather!

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    martin@...

    Looking the Nordic certification page, am I right to read it as saying that it will work in the UK, with Vodafone?

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    martin@...

    Cheers, I think I'm up for the challenge. This sounds like the device I've been trying to find for years.

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    langestefan

    I can confirm the nRF9160 works fine with both NB-IoT and LTE-M networks from Vodafone in the Netherlands. I used modem firmware v1.2.0.

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    jan@...

    Hi! I've been looking for the schematics as PDF (I don't have a recent version of Eagle), and can't find them anywhere… is it just me?

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    Sai Yamanoor

    Will the boards ship only if it reach the 108 boards target?

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    justinStitches

    Correct, and nobody gets charged unless it hits 108 too. Judging by the progress in just a few days, I wouldn't worry about it not funding. We'll back the difference if we have to.

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    hello@...

    Should be about 4-8 weeks after funding. Compliance testing could throw a wrench in things. I'm hoping for the faster end!

    Post last edited: 9 days ago

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    langestefan

    I would be very interested to read about the process of compliance testing. It is one of those black boxes I know very little about

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    hello@...

    I'll see what I can do Stefan! I won't be able to share the Verizon process. FCC, ISED and eventually CE definitely deserves a walk through.

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    joakimtoe@...

    Nice board! Ordered two :) Could you shed some light on what LTE/NB-IoT antenna that comes with it?

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    hello@...

    Hey Joakim

    Thank you!

    The antenna is the FH2B4MH1F2F0100 by Unictron Technologies. The link to the specs and more is at docs.jaredwolff.com under the Specifications and Requirements section.

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    ggets@...

    I'm new to Nordic (I've been using Atmel and Espressif, as well as STM32 with ST-Link). Can I use the J-Link EDU for programming (or, ideally ST-Link)? The cost of J-Link programmers seems to be a bit insane for a hobbyist.

    Post last edited: 8 days ago

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    hello@...

    Good question!

    The nice thing about Zephyr is that they have a built in boot loader similar to Arduino. It's not very fast right now (stuck to 115200 BAUD) but I'd like to fix that before shipping. No guarantees though. (I've tested 1M BAUD which flashes a new ~180KB program in about 8 seconds versus the original 100+ seconds)

    But, if you're looking to do debugging, you'll need two things:

    1. A Cortex M Tag Connect NL (no legs)
    2. A Nordic development board. I'm using the nRF53-DK which is substantially cheaper than the nRF9160 Dev board. ($50 vs $150)

    I'll be updating the documentation (docs.jaredwolff.com) to reflect these things because it's important. I don't want to mislead anyone here.

    Hope that helps! :)

    P.S. And yes, that's 180 Kilobytes. These firmware images are humongous! :)

    Post last edited: 8 days ago

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    ggets@...

    Debugging isn't critical to me; #define DEBUG/printf are generally sufficient for what I do. If can use USB to flash and serial/tty debug, that's good enough. If a J-Link-EDU or Mini is helpful-but-not-needed, I can pick one up if the Nordic platform becomes interesting.

    So, Nordic/Zephyr IDE/dev and USB bootloader and good to go?

    Thanks

    Post last edited: 8 days ago

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