CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

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CB3S-NL is an embedded low-power Wi-Fi module that Tuya has developed. It consists of a highly integrated RF chip BK7231NL and a few peripherals. CB3S-NL not only supports the Wi-Fi AP and STA modes, but also supports Bluetooth LE.

Product overview

CB3S-NL is built in with a 32-bit MCU whose running speed can be up to 120 MHz, 2-MB flash memory, and 256-KB RAM, to connect to the Tuya IoT cloud. The MCU instructions specially extended for signal processing can effectively implement audio encoding and decoding.

Besides, it has rich peripherals, such as PWM and UART. There are six 32-bit PWM outputs, making the chip very suitable for high-quality LED control.


  • Built in with the low-power 32-bit CPU, which can also function as an application processor
  • Clock rate: 120 MHz
  • Operating voltage: 3.0 to 3.6V
  • Peripherals: 6 PWMs and 1 UART
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • Channels 1 to 14@2.4 GHz
    • Support WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA/WPA2 PSK (AES), WPA3 security modes
    • Up to +16 dBm output power in 802.11b mode
    • Support STA, AP, and STA+AP modes
    • Support SmartConfig and AP network configuration manners for Android and iOS devices
    • Onboard PCB antenna with a gain of 1.37 dBi
    • Operating temperature: -40℃ to 85℃
  • Bluetooth connectivity
    • Support the Bluetooth LE V5.2
    • Support the transmit power of 6 dBm in the Bluetooth mode
    • Complete Bluetooth coexistence interface
    • Onboard PCB antenna with a gain of 1.37 dBi


  • Intelligent buildings
  • Smart household and home appliances
  • Smart socket and light
  • Industrial wireless control
  • Baby monitor
  • Network camera
  • Intelligent bus

Module interfaces

Dimensions and footprint

The dimensions of CB3S-NL are 16.00±0.35 mm (W)×24.00±0.35 mm (L) ×2.8±0.15 mm (H). The dimensions of CB3S-NL are as follows:
CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

Pin definition

Pin number Symbol II/O type Function
1 RST I Low level reset, high level active (the pin has been pulled high internally), correspond to CEN of the IC
2 ADC3 AI ADC pin, which corresponds to P23 of the IC
3 CEN I Enabling pin, which is pulled high internally to be compatible with other modules
4 P14 I/O A common GPIO, which corresponds to P14 of the IC
5 P26 I/O GPIOP_26, which corresponds to P26 of the IC, PWM 5
6 P24 I/O GPIOP_24, which corresponds to P24 of the IC, PWM 4
7 P6 I/O GPIOP_6, which corresponds to P6 of the IC, PWM 0
8 VCC P Power supply pin (3.3V)
9 GND P Power supply reference ground
10 P9 I/O GPIOP_9, which corresponds to P9 of the IC, PWM 3
11 TXD2 I/O UART2_TXD (used to display the module internal information), which corresponds to P0 of the IC
12 CSN I/O Pin for control production tests If it is used as a port, the level must be pulled up externally and cannot be pulled down before powering on.
13 P8 I/O GPIOP_8, which corresponds to P8 of the IC, PWM 2
14 P7 I/O GPIOP_7, which corresponds to P7 of the IC, PWM 1
15 RXD1 I/O UART1_RXD (User serial port), which corresponds to P10 of the IC Do not pull it up. By default, the docking serial port of the MCU needs to be in low-level state or high-impedance state.
16 TXD1 I/O UART1_TXD (User serial port), which corresponds to P11 of the IC Do not pull it up. By default, the docking serial port of the MCU needs to be in low-level state or high-impedance state.
17 ADC3 AI (Not recommended. If needed, please use Pin 2) ADC port, which corresponds to P23 of the IC. SPI burning pin
18 P22 I/O (Not recommended) GPIOP_22, which corresponds to P22 of the IC. SPI burning pin.
19 CSN I/O A customer needs to use the pull-up resistor which cannot be pulled down before powering on and corresponds to P21 of the IC
20 P20 I/O (Not recommended) GPIOP_20, which corresponds to P20 of the IC. SPI burning pin
21 NC - -
22 NC - -

P indicates a power supply pin, I/O indicates an input/output pin, and AI indicates an analog input pin.

For the MCU solution, please refer to CBx Module.

Electrical parameters

Absolute electrical parameters

Parameter Description Minimum value Maximum value Unit
Ts Storage temperature -55 125
VBAT Supply voltage -0.3 3.9 V
ESD voltage (human body model) TAMB-25℃ -4 4 KV
ESD voltage (machine model) TAMB-25℃ -200 200 V

Normal working conditions

Parameter Description Minimum value Typical value Maximum value Unit
Ta Operating temperature -40 - 85
VBAT Power supply voltage 2.3 3.3 3.6 V
VOL Low voltage output VSS - VSS+0.3 V
VOH High voltage output VBAT-0. 3 - VBAT V
Imax Drive current - 6 20 mA
θ Power supply slope 100 - - mV/ms

RF power consumption

Operating status Mode Rate Transmit power/receive Average value Peak value (Typical value) Unit
Transmit 11b 11Mbps +16dBm 267 412 mA
Transmit 11g 54Mbps +14dBm 258 412 mA
Transmit 11n MCS7 +13dBm 253 304 mA
Receive 11b 11Mbps Constantly receive 73 82 mA
Receive 11g 54Mbps Constantly receive 75 82 mA
Receive 11n MCS7 Constantly receive 75 82 mA

The requirement for testing the current in transmission state is that the module must constantly send packets.

Operating current

Operating mode Operating status, Ta = 25°C Average value Maximum value (Typical value) Unit
Quick network connection state (Bluetooth ) The module is connecting to the network and the Wi-Fi indicator flashes fast 63 404 mA
Quick network connection state (AP) The module is connecting to the network and the Wi-Fi indicator flashes slowly 74 356 mA
Quick network connection state (EZ) The module is connecting to the network and the Wi-Fi indicator flashes fast 74 404 mA
Connected The module is connected to the network and the Wi-Fi indicator is always on 25 404 mA
Weakly connected The module and the hotspot are weakly connected and the Wi-Fi indicator is always on 205 407 mA
Disconnected The module is disconnected and the Wi-Fi indicator is always off 63 404 mA
Module disabled The CEN pin of the module is connected to the ground. 330 - uA

RF parameters

Basic RF features

Parameter Description
Working frequency 2.412 to 2.484 GHz
Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (channels 1 to 14)
Data transmission rate 11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11 (Mbps)
11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 (Mbps)
11n: HT20 MCS 0 to 7
11n: HT20 MCS 0 to 7
Antenna type PCB antenna

Wi-Fi transmission performance

Parameter Minimum value Typical value Maximum value Unit
Average output power, 802.11b CCK Mode 11M - 16 - dBm
Average output power, 802.11g OFDM Mode 54M - 15 - dBm
Average output power, 802.11n OFDM Mode MCS7 - 14 - dBm
Frequency error -20 - 20 ppm

Wi-Fi receiving performance

Parameter Minimum value Typical value Maximum value Unit
PER<8%, RX sensitivity, 802.11b DSSS Mode 11M - -88 - dBm
PER<10%, RX sensitivity, 802.11g OFDM Mode 54M - -74 - dBm
PER<10%, RX sensitivity, 802.11n OFDM Mode MCS7 - -73 - dBm
PER<10%, RX sensitivity, Bluetooth LE 1M - -96 - dBm

Bluetooth transmission performance

Parameter Minimum value Typical value Maximum value Unit
Working frequency 2402 - 2480 MHz
Air rate - 1 - Mbps
Transmit power -20 6 20 dBm
Frequency error -150 - 150 KHz

Bluetooth receiving performance

Parameter Minimum value Typical value Maximum value Unit
RX sensitivity - -96 - dBm
Maximum RF signal input -10 - - dBm
Inter-modulation - - -23 dBm
Co-channel suppression ratio - 10 - dB


Antenna type

CB3S-NL uses the PCB antenna with a gain of 1.37 dBi.

Interference reduction

To ensure optimal Wi-Fi performance when the Wi-Fi module uses a PCB antenna, it is recommended that the antenna be at least 15 mm away from other metal parts.

To prevent adverse impact on the antenna radiation performance, avoid copper or traces within the antenna area on the PCB.

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

Packaging information and production instructions

Mechanical dimensions

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

Production instructions

  1. The Tuya SMT module should be mounted by the SMT device. After being unpacked, it should be soldered within 24 hours. Otherwise, it should be put into the drying cupboard where the RH is not greater than 10%; or it needs to be packaged under vacuum again and the exposure time needs to be recorded (the total exposure time cannot exceed 168 hours).

    • SMT devices:
      • Mounter
      • SPI
      • Reflow soldering machine
      • Thermal profilter
      • Automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment
    • Baking devices:
      • Cabinet oven
      • Anti-electrostatic and heat-resistant trays
      • Anti-electrostatic and heat-resistant gloves
  2. Storage conditions for a delivered module:

    • The moisture-proof bag must be placed in an environment where the temperature is below 40°C and the relative humidity is lower than 90%.

    • The shelf life of a dry-packaged product is 12 months from the date when the product is packaged and sealed.

    • There is a humidity indicator card (HIC) in the packaging bag.

      CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

  3. The module needs to be baked in the following cases:

    • The packaging bag is damaged before unpacking.
    • There is no humidity indicator card (HIC) in the packaging bag.
    • After unpacking, circles of 10% and above on the HIC become pink.
    • The total exposure time has lasted for over 168 hours since unpacking.
    • More than 12 months have passed since the sealing of the bag.
  4. Baking settings:

    • Temperature: 40°C and ≤ 5% RH for reel package and 125°C and ≤5% RH for tray package (please use the heat-resistant tray rather than plastic container)
    • Time: 168 hours for reel package and 12 hours for tray package
    • Alarm temperature: 50°C for reel package and 135°C for tray package
    • Production-ready temperature after natural cooling: < 36°C
    • Re-baking situation: If a module remains unused for over 168 hours after being baked, it needs to be baked again.
    • If a batch of modules is not baked within 168 hours, do not use the wave soldering to solder them. Because these modules are Level-3 moisture-sensitive devices, they are very likely to get damp when exposed beyond the allowable time. In this case, if they are soldered at high temperatures, it may result in device failure or poor soldering.
  5. In the whole production process, take electrostatic discharge (ESD) protective measures.

  6. To guarantee the passing rate, it is recommended that you use the SPI and AOI to monitor the quality of solder paste printing and mounting.

Recommended oven temperature curve

Set temperatures according to the following curve. The peak temperature is 245°C.

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

  • A: Temperature axis

  • B: Time axis

  • C: Liquidus temperature: 217 to 220°C

  • D: Ramp-up slope: 1 to 3°C/s

  • E: Duration of constant temperature: 60 to 120s; the range of constant temperature: 150 to 200°C

  • F: Duration above the liquidus: 50 to 70s

  • G: Peak temperature: 235 to 245°C

  • H: Ramp-down slope: 1 to 4°C/s

    The above curve is just an example of the solder paste SAC305. For more details about other solder pastes, please refer to the recommended oven temperature curve in the solder paste specifications.

Storage conditions

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

MOQ and packaging information

Product model MOQ (pcs) Packing method The number of modules per reel The number of reels per carton
CB3S-NL 3600 Tape reel 900 4

Appendix: Statement

FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this device.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Note: This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, according to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This device generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used following the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

If this device does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the device and receiver.
  • Connect the device to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Radiation Exposure Statement

This device complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled rolled environment. This device should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20cm between the radiator and your body.

Important Note

This radio module must not be installed to co-locate and operate simultaneously with other radios in the host system except by following FCC multi-transmitter product procedures. Additional testing and device authorization may be required to operate simultaneously with other radios.

The availability of some specific channels and/or operational frequency bands are country-dependent and are firmware programmed at the factory to match the intended destination. The firmware setting is not accessible to the end-user.

The host product manufacturer is responsible for compliance with any other FCC rules that apply to the host not covered by the modular transmitter grant of certification. The final host product still requires Part 15 Subpart B compliance testing with the modular transmitter installed.

The end-user manual shall include all required regulatory information/warnings as shown in this manual, including “This product must be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 cm between the radiator and user body”.

This device has got an FCC ID: 2ANDL-CB3S-NL. The end product must be labeled in a visible area with the following: “Contains Transmitter Module FCC ID: 2ANDL-CB3S-NL”.

This device is intended only for OEM integrators under the following conditions:

The antenna must be installed such that 20cm is maintained between the antenna and users, and the transmitter module may not be co-located with any other transmitter or antenna.

As long as the 2 conditions above are met, further transmitter tests will not be required. However, the OEM integrator is still responsible for testing their end-product for any additional compliance requirements required with this module installed.

Declaration of Conformity European Notice

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

Hereby, Hangzhou Tuya Information Technology Co., Ltd declares that this module product complies with essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 2014/53/EU, 2011/65/EU. A copy of the Declaration of Conformity can be found at https://www.tuya.com.

CB3S-NL Module Datasheet

This product must not be disposed of as normal household waste, following the EU directive for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE-2012/19/EU). Instead, it should be disposed of by returning it to the point of sale, or a municipal recycling collection point.

The device could be used with a separation distance of 20cm from the human body.