NXP Semiconductors has recently released the new JN5189 and JN5188 IEEE 802.15.4 wireless MCUs that provide ultra-low-power connected intelligence for Zigbee 3.0 and Thread applications. As the latest members of NXP’s JN series of devices, the JN5189 and JN5188 are NXP’s first to provide an integrated NFC NTAG while supporting a wide operating temperature range (-40 ℃ to +125 ℃). They also include MCU peripherals making them ideal for smart home, building automation, sensor network, smart lighting and numerous other battery-powered applications.

The JN5188 and JN5189 devices are powered by an Arm® Cortex®-M4 running at 48MHz and include up to 640KB of onboard flash and 152KB SRAM, providing storage space and flexibility for complex applications and software over-the-air (OTA) updates. The optional NFC NTAG provides standardized out-of-band communications to dramatically simplify the pairing process. Users tap a JN5189T/JN518T-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) device to an NFC reader for quick connection to a Zigbee and/or Thread network. The integrated NFC NTAG also allows for powerless access to devices for system diagnostics and device commissioning.

Additionally, NXP provides pin-to-pin compatible solutions for Bluetooth® Low Energy and multiprotocol radio frequency devices. These new JN wireless MCUs come with complete enablement for diverse IoT applications delivering connected intelligence while delivering fast time-to-market and development time.

Features of the JN5189/88 MCUs:

  • Low-power: Innovative 4.3mA Rx, 7.4mA @ +0dBm low-power solution with numerous low-power modes
  • Standardized connectivity: 802.15.4 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) with Zigbee 3.0 and Thread 1.1 certification
  • MCU intelligence: Rich set of MCU capabilities, including a digital MIC interface with wake up on audio event and Quad SPI NOR flash memory controller for high density data storage or code execution
  • Advanced integration: Robust peripherals including NFC NTAG reduces system board footprint and cost of manufacturing with digital and analog integration.
  • Robust RF: Integrated power amplifiers with exceptionally high transmit power (up to +11 dBm) for long distance transmission.
  • Secure connections: Onboard hardware AES Engine (AES128, AES256) for data encryption protected by hardware keys
  • Broad portfolio: NXP also offers pin-to-pin compatible solutions for Bluetooth LE and Multiprotocol RF devices.

Product availability and support
The JN5189 and JN5188 wireless microcontrollers are available now from NXP and its distribution partners. Learn more at www.nxp.com/JN5189.