AIOT-ILND01 LoRa Node Comes with AA Battery Holder, Grove Connectors, Optional Enclosure

AAEON specializes in industrial and embedded computing platforms, and usually their products are fairly powerful Windows or Linux based computers, gateways, or network appliances.

But in order to provide a complete LoRa solution to system integrators, the company has now introduced AIOT-ILND01 LoRa node powered by STMicro STM32 MCU, and compatible with their AIOT-IP6801IP68 IoT Gateway, as well as other LoRa gateways.

AAEON AIOT-ILND01 LoRa End PointAIOT-ILND01 LoRa node specifications:

  • MCU – STMicro STM32L Arm Cortex-M3 MCU @ 32 MHz
  • Connectivity
    • 868MHz/915 MHz LoRa via Semtech SX1276 chipset
    • 1x SMA antenna hole, 1x IPEX antenna hole
  • Sensors – Temperature & humidity sensor, 3-axis accelerometer
  • Expansion – 3x GROVE connectors: 1x UART1 (RS-232/422/485), 1x UART2 (Tx/Rx), 1x I2C
  • Misc – 4x user LEDs, boot select button, 2x user buttons, 1x reset button
  • Debugging – JTAG header
  • Power Supply
    • 5V via micro USB port
    • Battery holder for 2x 14500 rechargeable Lithium-ion battires or AA batteries
  • Dimensions – PCBA: 85 x 65 x 14 mm
  • Temperature Range – 0°C ~ 60°C
  • Certifications – CE, FCC
AAEON LoRa Node
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AIOT-ILND01 STM32 Semtech board

The STM32L MCU and Semtech SX1276 LoRa transceiver are clearly packed into a single chip, and I suspect it’s the same, or similar Murata module, as found in the official Arduino MKR WAN1300 board. The company however provides their own SDK for easy integration with their AIoT gateways, and cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, The Things Network, and ResIOT, which all certified for AAEON solutions. The GROVE connectors enable easy addition of the various sensor modules provided by Seeed Studio.

AIOT-ILND01 board ships with an antenna by default, but the enclosure pictured above is also available. Pricing has not been made public, and you’d need to request a quote through the product page.

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Which STM32L? Is it compatible with any community supported open toolchain (please don’t say MBED)? Why didn’t they use the widely supported STM32F103C8T6L that’s used in the Blue Pill boards? Why use 2S batteries instead of one with ideal diode power path control and a 2.5V-4.2V/5V boost converter? That eliminates eventual battery imbalance and allows you to use a single 18650 cell. I’d take a 0.1″ exposed header any day over those pesky Grove connectors. Is this AAEON company associated with Seeed Studios?