New Icarus SoM Development Kit Features a Nordic nRF9160 System-in-package

New Icarus SoM Development Kit Features a Nordic nRF9160 System-in-package

Actinius, an Amsterdam-based R&D firm, specializing in creating ultra-secure IoT products, has combined the latest cellular IoT technologies on the market to design a new Icarus SoM DK development board that follows the Arduino Uno form factor.

The cost-effective single board development kit is powered by a Nordic Semiconductor low-power nRF9160 system-in-package (SiP) which integrates the use of GPS and cellular communication to get your project online anywhere and anytime. The development kit also features a low-power 3-axis accelerometer, a SIM-card holder, an onboard eSIM, a USB Type-C port, an external nano SIM connector on the mainboard, a battery charging port, a power management system, Arduino headers for a wide range of I/Os, etc. It can be powered by any combination of USB, Battery, or Vin, and has compatibility with Arduino boards and shields.

Specifications of the Icarus SoM DK Development Board Include:

Icarus SoM

  • Nordic Semi nRF9160-SICA system-in-package/modem with:
    • Arm-cortex-M33 MCU, 1MB flash, 256 KB SRAM
    • LTE CAT-M1 (eMTC), CAT-NB1 (NB-IoT), GPS connectivity
  • 64 Mbit SPI flash
  • On-board eSIM
  • 2x u.FL connectors for LTE and GPS
  • Low-power 3-axis accelerometer
  • 2x 20 castellated holes with GPIOs, I2C, SWD, Reset, SIM card signals, and power pins
  • Supply voltage: 3.3V
  • Size: 28 mm x 18.5 mm


  • 1x USB Type-C (for power and programming)


  • Arduino Uno Rev3 headers with:
    • GPIOs (up to 18x)
    • 12-bit 200 ksps ADC (up to 6x)
    • SPI master/slave (up to 3x)
    • I2C master/slave (up to 4x)
    • UART (up to 4x)
    • I2C (Inter-IC Sound Interface)
    • Digital microphone Interface (PDM)
    • Pulse width modulator (up to 4x)
  • 6-pin SPI header


  • Arm Trustzone, Arm Cryptocell 310, SSL/TLS


  • 1x NANO Sim card on the main board
  • Serial Wire Debug (SWD) ON 1.27 mm connector
  • Neopixel RGB LED
  • User Button
  • Reset Button

Power Supply

  • 5V via USB Type-C port
  • 4.35 V to 10.2 V via Vin pin
  • 3.2 V to 4.2 V Li-Ion/LiPo battery with battery voltage reading and USB charging
  • Output supply up to 400mA
  • Overvoltage and under-voltage protection


  • 68.5 mm x 55.2 mm (compatible with Arduino boards and shields)


  • Latest modem firmware from Nordic (Zephyr OS based)
  • MCUboot bootloader
  • Serial LTE modem Application firmware

The Icarus SOM development kit also comes with certificates that make it possible for you to register your board on the company’s IoT online platform.

Other useful details on the Icarus SOM DK, including technical details, getting started instructions, and a datasheet can be found on the company’s documentation website.

The board is currently being priced at €119.49 (excluding VAT) and adds a free 10MB of free data for 3 months. Shipping is scheduled to start by November 2022.

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About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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