Datasheet

Last updated on: February 18, 2021

Icarus SoM (nRF9160)
Icarus SoM (nRF9160)

General

Overview

The Icarus SoM is a coin-sized, easy-to-solder cellular IoT Module built around Nordic Semi's nRF9160 modem and combines LTE-M, NB-IoT, GPS, accelerometer as well as an eSIM and option for an external nano SIM connector.

The main uController is the Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 with the ARM Cortex-M33F CPU and ARMv8-M Security Extensions.

Features

  • Processing: ARM® Cortex M33 with 1 MB Flash and 256 kB RAM
  • LTE Cat-M1, LTE CAT-NB1 (NB-IoT) with Global Coverage
  • GPS
  • Low Power 3-axis Accelerometer
  • PSM and eDRX support
  • ARM® Trustzone®, ARM® Cryptocell 310
  • SSL / TLS & Secure FOTA support
  • I2C / UART / SPI / I2S with EasyDMA
  • On-board eSIM & pins for external SIM
  • up to 27 GPIO
  • up to 8 12-bit, 200ksps ADC with EasyDMA
  • up to 4 PWM Units
  • SWD Pins
ParameterMINTYPMAXUNITS
Operating Temperature-202585°C
VCC1.83.6V
VIN3.0*3.85.5V

(*) RF 3GPP compliancy requires 3.3 V

Dimensions

ParameterVALUEUNITS
Height28mm
Width18.5mm
Height1.1in.
Width0.73in.

Block Diagram

Icarus Block Diagram
Icarus Block Diagram

Interfaces

Pinouts

External Pins

Icarus SoM Pinout
Icarus SoM Pinout

On-board Peripherals Pins

Icarus SoM On-board Peripheral Pins
Icarus SoM On-board Peripheral Pins

Peripherals

Accelerometer

The accelerometer on the board is the ST LIS2DH12 and it is already added in the Device Tree in the board definition files as device lis2dh12-accel@19 with label LIS2DH12-ACCEL.

GPS

For enabling the GPS, you need to connect an active external GPS antenna, with u.fl connector. The MAGPIO pin needs to be initialized, using the following AT command: AT%XMAGPIO=1,0,0,1,1,1574,1577

Power

VIN can be powered by LiPo battery directly. VCC should be powered by a small regulator (depends mostly on usage of GPIOs).

SIM

On the Icarus you can either use the on-board eSIM or your own nano SIM. There is a SIM Select pin to choose between the two. If you set the pin to HIGH or leave it uninitialized, then the on-board eSIM is used by the modem. If you set the pin to LOW then the nano SIM gets activated.

Warning: Only change the SIM Select before enabling the modem (i.e. before CFUN=1)

On-board eSIM

The Icarus comes with an on-board eSIM for LTE-M data connectivity, supporting Carriers in EU, US, and select countries around world. To activate and manage your eSIM head to Actinius I/O

Reference Schematics

Icarus SoM Schematics Example
Icarus SoM Schematics Example

CAD Symbols and Footprints

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