If you’d like an MCU board to experiment with various wireless (and wired) protocols used for Internet of Things applications, the Nuvoton NuMaker-IoT-M263A development board may be worth a look.
Powered by a NuMicro M263KIAAE Arm Cortex-M23 CPU microcontroller, the board offers WiFi, Bluetooth, and LoRa connectivity, plus an mPCIe socket for 3G, 4G, or NB-IoT cellular connectivity. It also comes with various sensors, as well as CAN and RS485 transceivers for industrial control applications.
- MCU – Novoton NuMicro M263KIAAE Arm Cortex-M23 microcontroller @ 64 MHz with 96KB SRAM, 512 KB dual-bank flash for OTA upgrade, 4 KB LDROM; LQFP128 package
- Storage – MicroSD card connector
- On-board wireless modules
- ESP12-F (ESP8266) 802.11b/g/n module
- MDBT42Q-PAT Bluetooth 4.2/5.0 LE module
- APC1278 (for 408 / 433 / 470 MHz) LoRa module plus antenna
- Serial – CAN and RS485 transceiver
- USB – 1x Micro USB OTG connector (to M263 MCU)
- BME680 4-in-1 air quality sensor measuring relative humidity, barometric pressure, ambient temperature, and gas (VOC) levels
- BMX055 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer
- Mini PCIe socket with SIM card connector tested with Quectel BG96/EC21 3G/4G/NB-IoT cards
- Arduino UNO compatible headers
- Debugging – On-board Nu-Link2-Me debugger and programmer with SWD interface, on-line /off-line programming, and Virtual COM port function
- Misc – Various LEDs and buttons,
- Power Supply
- External VDD (5V) power connector
- Arduino UNO compatible extension connector VIN
- USB OTG connector on M263 platform
- ICE USB connector on Nu-Link2-Me
- Power jack for mini PCIe connector
- Ammeter connector for measuring the microcontroller’s power consumption
The board can be programmed with KEIL MDK Nuvoton edition M0 / M23, IAR EWARM, or NuEclipse (GCC) for Windows or Linux and corresponding USB drivers. You’ll find more information and links to documentation in the Getting Started guide.
NuMaker-IoT-M263A board can be used to develop applications for other M263 microcontrollers with different I/O configurations, packages, and price points.
Those are generic purpose MCUs with Armv8-M core with TrustZone security, and as we can see from the devkit specifications and block digram there’s no built-in wireless connectivity inside the chip itself.
NuMaker-IoT-M263A development board can be purchased directly from the Nuvoton store for $100.
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.