Pinnacle™ 100 Cellular Modem

Recommended for New Design (RND)

Overview

Low-power cellular to Bluetooth 5 for IoT– Done.

The Pinnacle™ 100 cellular modem seamlessly incorporates a powerful Cortex M4F controller, full Bluetooth 5 and LTE-M/NB-IoT capabilities – all with full regulatory certifications and LTE carrier approvals. The Pinnacle 100 also delivers complete antenna flexibility, with pre-integrated internal or external antenna options such as the Revie Flex family of LTE and NB-IoT internal antennas. 

Develop your application directly on the M4F controller using Zephyr RTOS to cut BOM costs and power consumption. Take advantage of the Zephyr community, Laird Connectivity’s sample code (cellular, Bluetooth) and hardware interfaces, or use our hosted mode AT commands set.

Extremely power conscious, the Pinnacle 100 is ideal for battery-powered devices operating at the edge of your IoT networks, seamlessly bridging the cellular WAN to the Bluetooth PAN. It’s never been easier to bridge wireless Bluetooth 5 sensor data to cloud services like AWS IoT over a low-power LTE connection.

  • LTE-M / NB-IoT radio via Sierra HL7800 (Altair ALT1250) – LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 20, 28
  • MCU / Bluetooth 5 radio via Nordic nRF52840 – BT v5, Coded PHY (Long range), 2MPHY, BLE Mesh
    • Cortex-M4F – 32-bit @64 MHz, 256 KB of RAM, 1 MB internal flash, 8MB QSPI
  • Antenna Options –Unique low-cost, pre-integrated antenna variant plus external variant with u.FL connectors
  • Industrial Temp Range – Operating range -40° to +85° C 
  • Globally & Carrier Certified
    • FCC, IC CE
    • BT SIG, PTCRB, GCF
    • AT&T
    • Verizon, Vodafone (both pending)
  • Flexible Programming – Design your way Hostless mode via Zephyr RTOS or Hosted mode AT Command Set
  • Secure Firmware Upgrade – Comes pre-programmed with Laird’s secure bootloader

Specifications

Chipset (Wireless)
Cellular: Sierra HL7800 (Altair Semiconductor ALT1250)
Bluetooth: Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840
Chipset (MCU)
Cortex-M4F, 32 bit @ 64 MHz
LTE Category
LTE-M / NB-IoT, Release 13 GPP
Additional Features
LE Coded (long range) 2MPHY (higher throughput ), BLE Mesh, custom services
Bluetooth Version
5
BT Class
Class 1 (+6 dBm max)
Firmware Upgrade
Via UART/JTAG, or OTA via Bluetooth/Cellular
Form Factor
Double-sided board with M.2 Connector
Frequency Bands (LTE)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 20, 28
Logical Interfaces
UART, QSPI, SPI, ADC, I2C, GPIO, Timers. Debug via JTAG/UART
Memory
256 KB RAM, 1 MB Internal Flash
Physical Interface
M.2 Connector
Power Consumption
Power Save Mode (PSM), eDRX, BLE – TX, System Deep Sleep
SIM Type
4FF Nano SIM card slot, Integrated ESIM (future)
Product Type Technology OS/Software System Architecture Chipset (Wireless) Antenna Type Logical Interfaces Frequency Range (Min) Frequency Range (Max) Frequency Range 2 (Min) Frequency Range 2 (Max) Additional Description
453-00010 Modem LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0 AT Commands, Zephyr Hosted, Hostless Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 Internal UART, QSPI, SPI, ADC, I2C, GPIO 2402 MHz 2480 MHz 703 MHz 2170 MHz Pinnacle 100 Modem
Product Type Technology OS/Software System Architecture Chipset (Wireless) Antenna Type Logical Interfaces Frequency Range (Min) Frequency Range (Max) Frequency Range 2 (Min) Frequency Range 2 (Max) Additional Description
453-00010-K1 Development Kit LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0 AT Commands, Zephyr Hosted, Hostless Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 Internal UART, QSPI, SPI, ADC, I2C, GPIO 2402 MHz 2480 MHz 703 MHz 2170 MHz Development Kit for Pinnacle 100 Modem
Product Type Technology OS/Software System Architecture Chipset (Wireless) Antenna Type Logical Interfaces Frequency Range (Min) Frequency Range (Max) Frequency Range 2 (Min) Frequency Range 2 (Max) Additional Description
453-00011 Modem LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0 AT Commands, Zephyr Hosted, Hostless Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 External UART, QSPI, SPI, ADC, I2C, GPIO 2402 MHz 2480 MHz 703 MHz 2170 MHz Pinnacle 100 Modem
Product Type Technology OS/Software System Architecture Chipset (Wireless) Antenna Type Logical Interfaces Frequency Range (Min) Frequency Range (Max) Frequency Range 2 (Min) Frequency Range 2 (Max) Additional Description
453-00011-K1 Development Kit LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5.0 AT Commands, Zephyr Hosted, Hostless Sierra Wireless HL7800, Nordic nRF52840 External UART, QSPI, SPI, ADC, I2C, GPIO 2402 MHz 2480 MHz 703 MHz 2170 MHz Development Kit for Pinnacle 100 Modem

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453-00010-K1

453-00011-K1

453-00010

453-00011

Certified Antennas

  • Base Revie Flex

    EFF6925A3S-15MHF1

    Revie Flex Series Cellular Antennas

    Revie Flex PCB Antenna with u.FL

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  • FlexPIFA Antenna

    001-0014

    FlexPIFA Flexible Adhesive-Backed PIFA Internal Antenna

    FlexPIFA antenna with U.FL connector

    Industry-first, flexible, planar inverted-F antenna for curved surfaces 2.5-3 dBi gain. 2.4 GHz and dual-band 2.4/5.5 GHz. 

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  • DBA Series

    DBA6927C1-FSMAF

    DBA Series

    DBA Series dipole antenna with SMA connector

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Documentation

Name Part Type Last Updated
Product Brief - Pinnacle 100 All Brochure 02/06/2020
Datasheet - Pinnacle 100 All Datasheet 10/17/2020
User Guide - Pinnacle 100 Development Kit v1.1 All Documentation 04/14/2020
Schematic - Pinnacle 100 DVK All Technical Drawings 01/22/2020
User Guide - Pinnacle™ Modem AT Interface Application All Documentation 02/11/2020
Pinnacle Connect for Android (Google Play Store) All Software 04/07/2020
Pinnacle Connect for iOS (Apple App Store) All Software 04/07/2020
Pinnacle 100 Out of Box Demo (GitHub) All Software 10/07/2020
Guide - Pinnacle 100 Out of Box Demo (GitHub) All Documentation 03/24/2020
Application Note - Pinnacle 100 Low Power Guide All Application Note 03/26/2020
3D Model - 453-00010 (STEP file) All Technical Drawings 03/26/2020
3D Model - 453-00011 (STEP file) All Technical Drawings 03/26/2020
User Guide - Pinnacle 100 Modem LTE AT Command Guide All Documentation 04/15/2020
Truphone SIM Setup Guide All Application Note 08/12/2020
User Guide - Pinnacle 100 Hosted Mode – AT Interface Loading/Updating All Documentation 04/20/2020
480-00053 Pinnacle 100 Bootloader Release v3 All Software 04/21/2020
Pinnacle 100 Bootloader v3 All Software 04/21/2020
Release Notes - Pinnacle 100 Bootloader -v3 All Documentation 04/20/2020
Release Notes - Pinnacle 100 AT Hosted Mode Firmware v1.0 All Documentation 04/20/2020
480-00079 Pinnacle 100 AT Hosted Mode Firmware Version 1 Build 19 All Software 04/21/2020
Pinnacle 100 Programming Guide v1.0 All Documentation 04/24/2020
UBUtil Firmware Upgrade Generation Utility v1.0 – Windows All Software 04/27/2020
UBUtil Firmware Upgrade Generation Utility v1.0 – Linux / MAC All Software 04/27/2020
UwFlashX – Serial Firmware Update Utility All Software 04/27/2020
UwTerminalX – Serial Terminal Utility All Software 04/27/2020
GCF Certificate - 453-00010 All Certification 05/13/2020
GCF Certificate - 453-00011 All Certification 05/13/2020
Application Note - Data Transfer via UDP - Pinnacle 100 All Application Note 06/03/2020
Application Note - Finding GPS Location with the Pinnacle 100 All Application Note 06/17/2020
EN Certifications - Pinnacle 100 All Certification 06/17/2020
Release Notes - Pinnacle 100 BLE Direct Test Mode (DTM) Firmware All Documentation 06/17/2020
Application Note - Using Direct Test Mode - Pinnacle 100 All Application Note 08/07/2020
480-00081 R2.0 Pinnacle 100 DTM Firmware Build 22 All Software 07/02/2020
FCC Certifications - Pinnacle 100 All Certification 07/30/2020
Application Note - Out of Box Demo Architecture All Application Note 08/17/2020

FAQ

Do I have to use the Segger branded debugger to program over the 2-wire SWD interface (JTAG) of the Nordic-based modules?

Yes, any programmer/debugger that supports the SWD 2-wire interface and the Cortex M4F processor should work with the Nordic-based modules. You can find information about the memory map in the nRF5xxxx Product Specification under the Memory and NVMC sections.

Do you have a hostless mode example for the Pinnacle 100?

The best example to use when designing your Hostless system on the Pinnacle 100 is to use the Out-of-the-Box Demo example as a template. Please see the OOB Demo manifest on our Github repository here for steps to building the firmware: https://github.com/LairdCP/Pinnacle_100_OOB_Demo_Manifest

How much Flash memory is available on the Pinnacle 100 for customer applications?

There should be approximately 750KB of space in the hostless version of the module after loading the soft device and image for the Nordic nRF52840 and Sierra Wireless HL7800.