SparkFun Thing Plus - NINA-B306 Hookup Guide

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The SparkFun Thing Plus - NINA-B306 offers a unique combination development platform in the Thing Plus form factor featuring the NINA-B306 from u-blox, the ISM330DHCX 6 DoF IMU from STMicroelectronics and the BME280 atmospheric sensor from Bosch Sensortec.

SparkFun Thing Plus - NINA-B306

SparkFun Thing Plus - NINA-B306


The combination of Bluetooth® 5 low energy module with an integrated Arm Cortex-M4 processor in the NINA-B306 with motion and environmental sensing provides a powerful and versatile wireless development platform.

In this guide we'll go over the hardware present on this Thing Plus development board, how to assemble it as well as integrate and use it with the Arduino IDE.

Required Materials

All you need to get started with the Thing Plus - NINA-B306 is a USB-C cable.

USB 2.0 Type-C Cable - 1 Meter

USB 2.0 Type-C Cable - 1 Meter

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot


Optional Materials

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview.

Qwiic Connect System

We also recommend checking out these tutorials if you're not familiar with the concepts covered in them or would like a refresher:

Serial Communication

Asynchronous serial communication concepts: packets, signal levels, baud rates, UARTs and more!

Logic Levels

Learn the difference between 3.3V and 5V devices and logic levels.

Bluetooth Basics

An overview of the Bluetooth wireless technology.