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LX IoT Cores Are Made for IoT and Wearables with Bluetooth LE, ANT+, 2G/3G, Sigfox, LoRa, and More

LX Group, an Australian company specializing in electronics design and embedded systems, has introduced three wireless modules for IoT and wearables which they call “LX IoT Cores”, and embeds various wireless protocol such as Bluetooth LE/Ant+, 2G/3G connectivity, WiFi, Lora, Sigfox, Taggle, etc…

LX_IoT_Cores

Let’s go though the main technical specs for the three modules, one of which it itself modular (hence the max and min size) depending on your requirements.

  • LX Cellular Core (Right)
    • MCU – STMicro STM32F217IGH6 ARM Cortex-M3 MCU @ 120 MHz with 1MB flash, 128kB RAM
    • Storage – 1x micro SD card reader
    • Communication Interfaces
      • Radios – 2G/3G,  WiFi,  BLE,  ANT+,  provision for LoRa,  Taggle,  SigFox, optional GPS via daughter board
      • Wired – USB,  RS485, UART, SPI,  I2C, Digital IO, ADC
    • Sensors – Ambient Luminosity, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, temperature, humidity, air pressure, microphone
    • USB – 1x micro USB port
    • Misc – Reset and 2x user buttons, 2x LEDs
    • Power – Fused 5VDC boost converter  |  fused 3VDC SMPS
    • Dimensions – Min: 34.2 x 19.0 x 5.9 mm; Max: 83.6 x 19.0 x 5.9 mm
    • Weight – 6.3 grams (for minimal config?)
  • LX Sensor Core (Center)
    • MCU – STMicro STM32L152RET6 ARM Cortex-M3 MCU @ 32 MHz with 512kB flash, 80kB RAM, 4kB EEPROM
    • Communication Interfaces
      • Radios – WiFi,  BLE,  ANT+,  LoRa,  Taggle,  SigFox, GPS/QZSS + GLONASS
      • Wired – RS485, UART, SPI,  I2C, GPIO
    • Sensors – Ambient Luminosity, accelerometer, high G accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, temperature, humidity, and air pressure
    • Misc – Reset and 1x user buttons, 1x LED
    • Power – Fused 5VDC boost converter  |  fused 3VDC SMPS
    • Dimensions – 62.5 x 16.5 x  4.0 mm
    • Weight – 6.2 grams
  • LX Wearable Core (Left)
    • MCU – Nordic Semi nRF51422 Multi-protocol ANT/BLE ARM Cortex-M0 MCU
    • Communication Interfaces
      • Radios -Bluetooth LE and ANT+
      • Wired – UART, SPI,  I2C, GPIO, 10-bit ADC
    • Sensors – Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, temperature, humidity, and air pressure
    • Misc – Haptic motor and driver support, 1x user/reset button, 3x LED
    • Power – “Bring your own battery” capable of delivering 100mA at 3.3V – 5.5V
    • Dimensions – 30 x 12 x 2 mm
    • Weight – 3.5 grams

IoT Cores can also take breakout and expansion boards.

LX_IoT_Cores_Cloud_Software

The cores are apparently pre-loaded with firmware and ready to use, so you can connect to the cloud via customizable LX dashboards to visualize the data and or control the cores. Alternatively you can also design your own solution using LX Cloud API, still in development, but customer can joing the beta list to access devkits and training materials.

Solar_Powered_IoT_Sensors

The company can also provides enclosures for the module and total solutions, as shown with the solar powered node above.

Pricing and availability are not known yet. You can find more details on LX IoT Core website.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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