u blox launches full-featured Bluetooth 5 module NINA-B3

u blox is announcing the launch of its full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA-B3 wireless MCU module. Featuring Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and supporting Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems.

The full Bluetooth 5 NINA B3 module is available in two flavors. The first variant, NINA B31, comes pre-flashed with u-blox’s Connectivity Software, the most feature-rich and easy-to-use on the market. For product developers, eliminating the need for embedded programming means smoother, hassle-free integration and accelerated time-to-market. And u blox’s proprietary secure boot ensures that security needs are met, even for the most critical industrial and medical applications.

The second variant, NINA B30, gives customers a broader scope of application thanks to Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a whole host of wired and wireless interfaces. Its powerful Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced applications right on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately, shrinking end device size and cutting costs.

NINA B3 is available with a highly sensitive internal antenna specifically designed for the module’s small form factor, achieving optimal radio range performance even in small end product designs. Pin compatibility with the other u blox NINA short-range communication modules limits design effort for product developers developing multiple device variants, e.g. featuring only Wi Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.


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