Updated August 8th 2019.
This blog gives a snapshot of the development status of nRF9160 features and performance.
The nRF9160 hardware and development kits are now in production and is suitable for full end-to-end sensor to cloud development and deployment.
Firmware images are posted on the product page. Step-by-step upgrade instructions can be found here.
There are three variants of the nRF9160 supporting different radio technologies. Samples are available of nRF9160-SICA and you can buy devices for engineering builds from your distributor.
Certification status and roadmap is kept up-to-date on nordicsemi.com/9160cert
GSMA keeps a good list of currently available LTE-M and NB-IoT networks globally here:
Most of them have also made it into a nice map here:
You can find the application SDK samples here:
There is also a more complete asset tracker application example here:
Notable components tested and included: MQTT, CoAP, HTTP, Application FOTA, secure BSD sockets, peripheral and DK board drivers
Currently under development: LWM2M, Modem FOTA, Modem serial DFU
The modem can be traced through the application processor. The easiest way to get the traces out is through UART. The nRF Connect for Desktop has an app for that. Instructions on how to enable it can be found here.
The nRF9160 DK serves as a software development platform, field testing tool and reference design. It is the vehicle for all of our certification testing which makes it valuable as a reference design.
A guide to do HW integration of the nRF9160 on your own deisgn can be found here. It covers design aspects as well as considerations and methods to pass regulatory certifications.
Unfortunately, in versions before 0.8.5, matching components for the on-board GPS antenna on the DK were not optimal and will give poor to no functionality of the GPS. It is recommended to connect an external active GPS antenna to compensate. In order to use this, you will need:
nRF9160-SICA is in production on May 31th. Is the nRF9160 DK hardware schematic fixed? RF switch for GNSS is newly added in nRF9160 DK 0.8.5. The switch is required right? I'm referring to the DK board to develop a device using nRF9160-SICA so I want to know if the DK board schematic is fixed.