NXP has recently announced the availability of its QN9090 and QN9030 Bluetooth 5.0 SoC with optional support for 802.15.4, Multiprotocol RF, and NFC technology.
Both devices are powered by an Arm Cortex-M4 core clocked at 48MHz, but differ in terms of on-chip storage and memory with QN9090 equipped with 640KB flash and 152 KB SRAM, against 320KB flash and 88KB SRAM for QN9030. The “T” versions – QN9090T and QN9030T – add NFC integrated on-chip, enabling Bluetooth pairing by tapping a smartphone, tablet or other NFC reader device without the need for a battery-powered NFC tag.
Key features and specifications:
- CPU – Arm Cortex-M4 up to 48MHz
- Built-in Memory & Storage
- QN9090(T) – 640 KB flash, 152 KB RAM, 128 KB ROM
- QN9030(T) – 320 KB Flash, 88 KB RAM, 128 KB ROM
- External Storage – Quad-SPI for execute in place or data storage in NVM
- Bluetooth 5.0 with 2Mbps and up to 8 simultaneous connections
- RF performance/power consumption
- -97 dBm RX sensitivity
- up to 11dBm TX power
- RX 4.3mA, DC/DC on at 3V
- TX 7.4mA @ 0dBm, 20.5mA @ 10dBm
- QN9090T and QN9030T – NFC NTAG Option with EEPROM
- Digital and Analog Interfaces
- Up to 2x UART/SPI/I2C
- ISO7816 Interface for Secure Access Module
- 8-ch 12-bit ADC
- 1x Analog comparator
- Digital Microphone Interface and Audio Event Detection
- Clocks and timers – 32 MHz and 32.768 kHz crystals, low and high-frequency internal clock sources, 4x general-purpose timer, 32K sleep timer, Watchdog timer
- Security – AES256 with hardware protected key, Hash engine (SHA256), Code readout protection
- Misc – RTC with calibration
- Operating voltage – 1.9 to 3.6V
- Temperature range – -40 to 125ºC
NXP is also offering QN9090DK development board for evaluation and to get started with software development.
- Wireless MCU – Module site for QN9090 (T) Bluetooth LE 5.0 MCU with NFC NTAG
- External Memory – 8Mbit Macronix MX25R QSPI flash.
- NFC – PCB antenna for NFC Tag
- Debug – On-board, high-speed USB based, Link2 debug probe with ARM’s CMSIS-DAP and SEGGER J-Link protocol options.
- USB – 2x Micro USB ports
- Expansion – Arduino R3 header and additional expansion port pins
- Misc – Power, Reset, ISP and UART Tx/Rx status LEDs; Target, Reset, and User buttons.
- Power Supply
- On-board 3.3V from USB port, 4xAAA batteries, 2xAAA batteries (low-power mode) or external power supply options.
- Built-in power consumption measurement
NXP provides MCUXpresso SDK for the WiSoC and development board, compatible with toolchains from IAR and NXP’s MCUXpresso IDE. The full MCUXpresso Suite includes software and tools to add Bluetooth LE capability to an existing NXP based designs, while the NXP IoT Toolbox smart device application and NXP Connectivity Tool and Test Tool can help developers evaluate RF performance and test more efficiently.
NXP QN9030 and QN9090 wireless SoC’s are available now from distributors starting at $2.58 per unit in 2,450 reels, and QN9090DK development platform sells for $115 with a motherboard, a generic daughtercard, and module with mezzanine. Visit the product page for documentation, links to software and tools, and more.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.