Atmel MCU Madness is an informal competition on Twitter where people vote for their favorite development boards. We are now at the quarter finals, and beside the usual suspects such as Raspberry Pi and ESP8266 boards, I also noticed one board that I had never heard of: AXEL Elettronica’s SmartEverything based on Atmel SAM D21 Cortex M0+ and featuring SigFox, BLE, NFC, and GPS connectivity, as well as various sensors such as humidity and temperature, 9-axis motion sensor, and so on.
SmartEverything board specifications:
- MCU – Atmel SAM D21 ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU @ 48 MHz with 256KB Flash, 32KB SRAM
- SIGFOX via Telit LE51-868 S SIGFOX 868 MHz Wireless Module with 12 months of network access included
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE via TDK SESUB-PAN-T2541 module based on Texas Instruments CC2541
- NFC via NXP NT3H1101FHK NFC with separate antenna (included)
- GPS/GNSS via Telit Jupiter SE868-A GPS/GNSS module with integrated antenna. Supports GPS, QZSS, GLONASS and is Galileo ready
- 3D accelerometer, 3D Gyroscope and 3D Magnetometer (ST LSM9DS1 iNEMO)
- Humidity and temperature sensor (ST HTS221)
- Proximity and ambient light sensor (ST VL6180X)
- Barometer and altimeter (ST LPS25H MEMS 260-1260 hPa)
- Security – Atmel ATSHA204A CryptoAuth Chip
- Expansion Headers – Arduino UNO form factor
- Debugging & programming – SWD connector for SAM-ICE and ATMEL-ICE
- Misc – Push buttons, RGB LED
- Power Supply – 5V via USB, battery or separate power supply
- Dimensions – 53.34 x 68.58 mm
The board can be programmed with the Arduino IDE with all relevant libraries available on github for both communications modules and sensors, or Atmel Studio 6. It ships with a pre-installed TDK SESUB-PAN-T2541 Bluetooth module and NFC antenna, as well as SMA wireless antenna for the SigFox module.
The board has been designed by Arrow Electronics, and is now sold via RS Components for £73.43 ($103.4 US) using MCS7561 as the part number . You can find more details, including the user’s manual on SmartEverything website, or watch the 20+ minute introduction and tutorial with Atmel Studio 6 and Arduino IDE below.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.