HiSilicon has long been a powerhouse NB-IoT module maker in the mobile IoT landscape, and now has welcomed a new HiSilicon-powered module into the fold.
As the successor to the NB05-01/NB86-G series modules, the NB860 is a new standout product, the fruit of HiSilicon and Lierda's partnership in 2021. It is the first Lierda module to draw from HiSilicon's third-generation NB-IoT chipset – Boudica 200, which represents a landmark achievement in the mobile IoT field.
The NB860 is a highly integrated, ultra-low power NB-IoT module that offers full frequency support. It comes in a compact form of 20 mm x 16 mm x 2.2 mm (L x W x H), and is compatible with the NB86-G series package, to facilitate seamless switching and upgrading from its predecessors.
The NB860's ample peripheral interfaces and support for a wider range of network protocols mean that development and implementation will get substantially easier.
As a bolstered version of the NB86-G series, the NB860 delivers the following highlights:
|Integration||Packs PA/power management chip/BLE 5.0/GNSS into a sleek form factor|
|Cost-effectiveness||Offers tremendous value|
|Security||Utilizes an independent security CPU and hardware security mechanism|
|Operating voltage||Capable of running at voltages as low as 2.1 V|
|Power consumption||Consumes less power, by supporting the ongoing evolution of R14, R15, and R16 standards|
|Bluetooth||Supports BLE 5.0, facilitating near-field configuration and maintenance for meters, smoke sensors, and other NB-IoT devices|
|GNSS positioning||Supports GNSS positioning, for logistics tracking, asset management, and location of children/elderly people|
|OpenCPU||Delivers enhanced OpenCPU capabilities to facilitate higher-level development|
|Network protocols||Complies with a greater range of network protocols, such as MQTT, for diverse applications|
The arrival of the NB860 offers the promise for NB-IoT applications to reach tens of millions of users. It can drive the adoption of smart metering, while also supporting a diverse array of NB-IoT applications in the real world, such as those related to smoke detection, smart parking, smart city management, and bicycle-sharing.
The NB860 is expected to be mass produced in May 2021, after a sample test in March.