NBT’s Prometheus uses Nordic’s nRF9160 SiP for IoT and GNSS


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German venture capital firm Next Big Thing AG (NBT) has launched the Internet of Things (IoT) sensor-based development platform Prometheus designed to simplify prototyping and accelerate time to market for developers of IoT and cloud-based cellular solutions.

The Prometheus platform is powered by Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF9160 low power packaged system (SiP) with integrated LTE-M / NB-IoT modem and GNSS. The platform supports the development of a wide range of industrial applications, including the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and logistics sectors.

The nRF9160 SiP’s 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 dedicated application processor provides sufficient computing power to not only oversee the cellular connectivity of the LTE-M / NB-IoT modem, but all other product features as well. SiP’s 1MB Flash memory and 256KB RAM support fast response and complex application software.

In addition to Nordic SiP, the CE certified development platform includes a wide range of sensors and interfaces, a stable integrated software stack, fully encrypted communication, mesh connectivity for short range communication, automatic switching between NB-IoT and LTE-M cellular IoT connectivity and advanced provisioning tools. The solution is optimized for low power consumption and offers an industrial temperature range of –40 to +85 ° C.

NBT’s IoT development platform consists of two main components:

  • the embedded hardware and software platform (Prometheus)
  • the cloud-based software platform (NBT software platform).

The standard configuration of Prometheus consists of a range of sensors, for example a temperature sensor (analog and digital), an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a gyroscope, an air quality sensor, an ambient light sensor and a humidity sensor.

The extended version of Prometheus also includes Nordic’s nRF52832 general purpose multiprotocol system on a chip (SoC) Bluetooth 5.2 / Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) to support Bluetooth LE connectivity, as well as USB, GPS, radar, an antenna. adjustable tuner and extended temperature range.


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