Round Solutions, a supplier of products, services and concepts for industrial M2M and IoT markets, has introduced PingPong IoT development board with either Microchip PIC32MZ running an RTOS, or PIC32MZ DA running Linux, and equipped with a Telit modules for either 2G or 3G cellular + GNSS connectivity.
The board can also support WiFi, Bluetooth, ISM/RF, NFC/RFID, LoRa, Sigfox, Iridium satellite, and serial interface thanks to a range of expansion boards.
PingPong IoT board specifications:
- MCU / Flash
- RTOS version – Microchip PIC32MZ 32-bit Microcontroller @ 200 MHz, with 512 KB RAM and 2 MB Flash Memory + 4 MB external memory
- Linux version – Microchip PIC32MZ DA (Full specs TBA)
- Cellular connectivity
- Telit xE910 module with 2G, 3G and/or 4G LTE (coming soon)
- GSM/GPRS – Uplink/Downlink: 9.6 kbps
- UMTS – Downlink: 384 kbps, Uplink: 384 kbps
- HSPA+ – Downlink: 42.0 Mbps, Uplink: 5.75 Mbps
- LTE – Download: 100 Mbps, Uplink: 50 Mbps
- Frequency Bands (MHz) – 1800, 1900, 2100, 850, 900
- 2x SIM card slots, SIM on chip
- u.FL antenna connector
- Telit SL869 module for GPS, Glonass, and Galileo E1
- u.FL antenna connector for GPS
- 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
- Connectivity stackable expansion boards for
- Wi-Fi/Bluetooth: with webserver on board
- Satellite communication: Iridium
- NFC/RFID: Protocol EPCglobal Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C)
- Sigfox/LoRa: Ultra low power transmitter
- Cellular connectivity
- Other stackable expansion boards:
- I/O & Serial Board: 10 digital/10 analog/4 frequencies, RS485, RS232
- Still image and video camera
- USB – 1x micro USB port
- 2x connectors for stackable extension boards with UART, SPI, CAN, I²C
- 1x CAN interface, 2x analog inputs, 4x 3-state logic inputs, 4x NMOSFET outputs, 1-wire interface
- 2x current measurement inputs (24-bit resolution)
- Sensors – Magnetometer, accelerometer
- Power Supply – 9 to 60V DC
- Dimensions – 85 x 52 x 23 mm
- Temperature Range – -40 C to +85 C (industrial grade)
- Certification CE
The RTOS version uses C/C++ and Python and comes with a USB CDC bootloader, while the Linux version is more versatile with support for Open VPN, IPSEC tunnels for example for IoT gateway / router functionality. The source code is available for both operating system, and the company can also provide ready-made software packages for remote metering, asset tracking, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth gateway, MODbus over TCP, or MODbus RS485.
The Linux & 4G versions of the board still appear to be in development, but PingPong IoT 3G/RTOS board is available now, starting at 197 Euros with the board only, and up to 445 Euros with the WiFi/Bluetooth, and RF/ISM add-on boards.
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.