u-blox has launched u-blox NORA-W10 Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth low energy 5.0 module.
The module targets applications in harsh industrial environments, where reliable RF performance and small size are critical, as well as medical equipment, smart city solutions, and warehouse and retail applications.
“NORA-W10’s vast feature set makes it a strong contender for demanding applications requiring Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5.0, in a broad range of markets. We are excited to see how product developers leverage the ES32-S3’s dual-core MCU in combination with the high RF performance enabled by our careful module design,” says Magnus Johansson, Product Strategy, Short Range Radio, at u-blox.
NORA-W10 is the successor of the NINA-W10 module, with key feature additions such as Wi-Fi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5.0, improved RF performance, built-in high-capacity flash memory, and low power consumption.
The compact module builds on the Espressif ES32-S3 chipset, which hosts a powerful dual-core MCU with artificial intelligence hardware acceleration capable of enabling speech and face recognition applications at the edge.
It offers a wide range of hardware interfaces, including USB, CAN, SDIO, and display and camera interfaces.
Even when communicating over Wi-Fi, NORA-W10 can concurrently transmit data over Bluetooth low energy 5.0, which offers data rates up to 2 Mbps or, using Bluetooth Long Range, can increase signal propagation distances up to four-fold compared to standard Bluetooth LE.
The module’s dual-core Xtensa LX7 MCU is complemented by 8 MB of flash memory, 512 kb of RAM, and a total of 38 programmable GPIOs.
Advanced security features, including accelerated cryptographic flash encryption capabilities and secure boot, allow the globally certified NORA-W10 to securely run sensitive applications in a trusted and isolated environment, without requiring any additional components.
Many of the NORA-W10 module’s distinguishing features derive from its u-blox design.
The module, which measures 10.4 x 14.3 x 1.8 millimeters comes either with a PCB trace antenna or antenna pins and offers superior RF performance over comparable solutions on the market.
And pin/pad compatibility across the u-blox NORA module family allows product developers to address multiple market segments using the same PCB design.