NORA-B1 Series Bluetooth® 5.2 Low Energy Module

u-blox's small, stand-alone Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless MCU modules comply with the Bluetooth 5.2 specification

Image of u-blox NORA-B1 Series Bluetooth® 5.2 Low Energy Moduleu-blox's NORA-B1 series are small, stand-alone Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless microcontroller unit (MCU) modules that comply with the Bluetooth 5.2 specification. The modules are built on the Nordic nRF5340 chip as an open CPU solution where customer applications run on two Arm® Cortex®-M33 processor cores with integrated Flash and RAM. The NORA-B1 series supports BLE services such as serial port communication, GATT, beacons, and mesh. Additionally, they support NFC and IEEE 802.15.4 with Thread and Zigbee®. The NORA-B1 series is globally certified for all supported radio protocols for use with the internal antenna or a range of external antennas. This greatly reduces time to market, cost, and effort for customers integrating BLE in their designs.

A range of wired interfaces (UART, QSPI, SPI, I²C, I²S, USB, QDEC, PDM, PWM, and ADC) are available. The NORA-B106 comes with an internal PCB antenna, providing a robust, low-profile solution with high performance. The NORA-B100 comes with a U.FL connector, while the NORA-B101 comes with an antenna pin, both providing the option to use an external antenna of choice.

The first of the two Arm Cortex-M33 processor cores is for high-performance applications clocked at either 128 MHz or 64 MHz. The second core, clocked at 64 MHz and optimized for low power and efficiency, is mainly dedicated to the wireless protocol stack and less demanding applications. Applications on the first core can run without being interrupted by network activity on the second, which is advantageous for time-critical applications where a quick response is needed.

The NORA-B1 supports the Bluetooth 5.2 specification, including features such as angle of arrival (AoA) and angle of departure (AoD), Bluetooth long range and Low Energy (LE) audio. In addition, the modules support trusted execution with Arm TrustZone® and root-of-trust with Arm CryptoCell® 312.

The EVK-NORA-B1 evaluation kits provide stand-alone use of the NORA-B1 series module, featuring the Nordic Semiconductor nRF5340 dual-core RF system on chip (SoC). The evaluation kit provides a great starting point for almost any Bluetooth 5.2 LE, Thread, or Zigbee project. All features of the NORA-B1 series modules are easily accessed from the evaluation board. A simple USB connection provides power, programming, and virtual COM ports.

The NORA-B1 series of modules are used as open CPU modules in which customer applications developed with the Nordic Semiconductor nRF Connect SDK can run.

Features
  • Dual-core Cortex-M33
  • Arm TrustZone and CryptoCell 312 for enhanced security
  • Multi-protocol support for Bluetooth 5.2, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, and NFC
  • Direction finding support for indoor location
  • Support for BLE audio
  • Extended temperature range up to +105°C
  • UART, QSPI, SPI, I²C, I²S, USB, QDEC, PDM, PWM, GPIO, and ADC
  • Global certification
  • Leading-edge design rules enabling fast and low-cost PCB designs
  • Excellent size with full feature support
Applications
  • Industrial automation
  • Advanced wearables
  • Smart buildings and cities
  • Retail, point-of-sale
  • Medical and health devices
  • Industrial automation
  • Connected tools
  • Indoor positioning
  • Asset tracking

NORA-B1 Series Bluetooth® 5.2 Low Energy Module

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionManufacturerPackagingPart StatusAvailable QuantityView Details
DUALCORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, ANT.PINNORA-B100-00BDUALCORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, ANT.PINU-BloxCut Tape (CT)Active447 - ImmediateView Details
DUAL CORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, U.FLNORA-B101-00BDUAL CORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, U.FLU-BloxCut Tape (CT)Active500 - ImmediateView Details
DUAL CORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, PCBANTNORA-B106-00BDUAL CORE BLE 5.2 MODULE, PCBANTU-BloxCut Tape (CT)Active408 - ImmediateView Details

Evaluation Boards

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable QuantityView Details
NORA-B100 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF5340EVK-NORA-B100NORA-B100 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF53401 - ImmediateView Details
NORA-B101 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF5340EVK-NORA-B101NORA-B101 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF53400View Details
NORA-B106 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF5340EVK-NORA-B106NORA-B106 EVK,BLUETOOTH, NRF534023 - ImmediateView Details
Published: 2021-05-12