The Axon platform offers WiFi & LoRa IoT messaging in a compact form factor (Crowdfunding)

Axon Board

Qortex (Amine Mehdi Mansouri) has developed the WiFi & LoRa IoT messaging platform to allow devices to communicate wirelessly via serial messages. The solution also includes a wireless serial port and 4 digital outputs. The tiny Axon board is based on ESP8266 WiFi SoC and can be augmented with a LoRa module for a longer range, and the solution integrates with the Axon cloud for data visualization in the cloud. There’s also a HAT expansion board for Raspberry Pi compatibility. Axon board specifications: Wireless module – ESP12-S ESP8266 2.4 GHz WiFi 4 module USB – USB Type-C port for power and programming via CP2102 Expansion – 2x 6-pin header with GPIOs, UART, 5V, 3.3V, and GND Misc – Status LED, Reset button, USB/MCU (UART) selection switch Power Supply 5V input via USB-C port 3.3V/600mA LDO PTC fuse, reverse polarity protection, ESD protection Dimensions – 30 x 25 mm The board can be programmed with Python (MicroPython?), plot graphics with Matlab, […]

LoRaWAN BACnet gateway uses Raspberry Pi CM3+ for building automation

Raspberry Pi BACNet Gateway with LoRaWAN

A few years about we wrote about BASpi I/O Raspberry Pi HAT compatible with BACNet, a data communication protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, also known as the ISO 16484-6  standard, and used for HVACs, lightings, elevators, fire safety, and other systems found in buildings. But if you’d like a turnkey BACnet solution based on Raspberry Pi, UK-based Innovelec‘s DINGO LoRaWAN BACnet Advanced Gateway/Server may be easier to integrate into your building’s electrical installation and also offers low-power long-range LoRaWAN communication. DINGO-LORAWAN-GW_SVR-01 key features and specifications: System-on-Module – Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ with Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-c ore Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.2GHz, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 8GB eMMC Flash (16GB  or 32 GB as option), RTC Info Display – 128×64 pixel OLED LCD Video Output – HDMI Networking 1x RJ45 10/100BaseT Ethernet 1x RJ45 10BaseT Ethernet LoRaWAN connectivity Support for LoRaWAN V1.0.2 and V1.0.3 Tx Power – Up to 25dBm Rx Sensitivity – Down to -139dBm @ SF12, BW […]

Minima is a tiny Arduino Zero compatible module with SAMD21 MCU (Crowdfunding)

Minima Arduino Zero Module

We’ve covered a fair amount of compact Arduino Zero compatible boards based on SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ microcontroller over the years including Exen Proto, Wemos D1 SAMD21, or Seeeduino XIAO with the latter being the smallest of them all at just 23.5 x 17.5 mm. All those boards come with a USB port (Micro USB or USB-C) by default that makes it easy to work with, but may not be ideal to integrate into projects or final products. That may be why Hamish Morley designed the Minima Arduino Zero compatible module with a size even smaller than the XIAO board at 19.8 x 16.6 mm, and the USB interface exposed through 4 pads instead of a connector. Minima specifications: Microchip SAMD21G18A 32-bit Arm Cortex-M0+ microcontroller @ 48 MHz with 256KB of flash storage, and 32KB of SRAM Expansion – 24x castellated pads (2.54mm pitch) with 18 GPIO pins, including 5x analogue capable, plys PWM, SPI, I2C, UART Misc – Reset button, Tx/Rx […]

Raspberry Pi CM4 based predictive maintenance gateway features Google Coral Edge AI accelerator

Techbase IModGate-AI predictive maintenance gateway

Techbase had already integrated the Raspberry Pi CM4 module into several industrial products including Modberry 500 CM4 DIN Rail industrial computer,  ModBerry AI GATEWAY 9500-CM4 with a Google Edge TPU, and ClusBerry 9500-CM4 that combines several Raspberry Pi CM4 modules into a DIN Rail mountable system. The company has now announced another Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 gateway – iModGATE-AI – specially designed for failure monitoring and predictive maintenance of IoT installations, which also embeds a Google Coral Edge TPU AI module to accelerate computer vision. iModGATE-AI gateway specifications: SoM – Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 with up to 32GB eMMC AI accelerator – Google Coral Edge TPU AI module Video Output – HDMI port Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet USB – USB 2.0 port Sensors – 9-axis motion tracking module with 3-axis gyroscope with Programmable FSR, 3-axis accelerometer with Programmable FSR, 3-axis compass (magnetometer) Expansion 2x 16-pin block terminal Advanced Analog Inputs (up to 24-bit) with tensiometric input support RTC […]

Ryzen Embedded V2000 COM Express Module supports up to 1TB NVMe SSD, 64GB DDR4

Kontron COMe-BV26

We’ve already covered some COM Express modules based on AMD Ryzen Embedded V2000 processors with products like ADLINK cExpress-AR COM Express Type 6 Compact computer-on-module, but Kontron COMe-bV26 is the first we’ve seen that follow COM Express Basic Type 6 standard. The module supports up to 64GB DDR4 via two SO-DIMM connectors, up to 1TB NVMe onboard SSD, exposes 8x PCIe lanes, and with an 8-core/16-thread Ryzen Embedded V2000 processor is well-suited to IoT edge devices that must perform parallel processing tasks. Kontron COMe-bV26 specifications: AMD Embedded V2000 SoC AMD V2748 octa-core/16-thread processor @ 2.9 GHz / 4.15 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB L2 cache, 7CUs Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU @ 1.6 GHz; TDP: 35-54W AMD V2718 octa-core/16-thread processor @ 1.7 GHz / 4.15 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB L2 cache, 7CUs Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU @ 1.6 GHz; TDP: 10-25W AMD V2546 hexa-core/12-thread processor @ 3.0 GHz / 3.95 GHz (turbo) with 3 MB L2 cache, 6 CUs Radeon […]

WM1302 LoRaWAN gateway mini PCIe module works over SPI or USB

WM1302 LoRaWAN Gateway Module

Announced in 2019, Semtech SX1302 LoRa transceiver is designed for cheaper, and more efficient LoRaWAN gateways, and we’ve seen it in mini PCIe concentrator cards such as nFuse SX1302 and Rak Wireless RAK2287 using USB or SPI host interfaces. Seeed Studio adds another option with WM1302 LoRaWAN gateway mPCIe module using either SPI or USB interfaces and supporting 868 or 915 MHz frequency bands. WM1302 module specifications: MCU – STMicro STM3L412 Arm Cortex-M4 microcontroller @ 80 MHz with 40KB RAM, 64 or 128KB flash LoRa Connectivity Semtech SX1302 LoRa Transceiver with 2x SX1250 Tx/Rx front-ends Tx power – Up to 26dBm @ 3.3V Rx sensitivity – Down to -139dBm @ SF12, BW 125 kHz; -125dBm @ 125K/SF7 LoRaWAN 1.0.2 compatible. LoRa band coverage – EU868, US915, AS923, AS920, AU915, KR920, and IN865. u.FL antenna connector Misc – Power, Config, and Tx/Rx LEDs Host Interface – SPI or USB interface on 52-pin mPCIe edge connector Power Consumption SPI version – Standby: […]

Axiomtek’s Compact Fanless Embedded System Features Intel Processors

Axiomtek eBOX560-52R-FL embedded system

Axiomtek has announced eBOX560-52R-FL, which is a palm-size fanless embedded system featuring Intel Core and Celeron Whiskey Lake-U processors. We also saw ICP Germany’s fanless Linux embedded system featuring NXP i.MX 8M processor. This device was dedicated to IoT gateways and data acquisition applications. In contrast, the eBOX560-52R-FL fanless embedded system is for more diverse use cases including machine and logistics automation, station gate controls, and ticket vending machines. The eBOX560-52R-FL fanless embedded system comes with two independent 4K Ultra HD displays via DisplayPort++ and HDMI ports. The device features 2 GbE LAN for faster communication and networking, as well as one M.2 Key E 2230 for the Wi-Fi module. The embedded system can endure up to 50G shock and 3Grms vibration thus suitable for industrial applications. The operating temperature of the device ranges from -10°C to +50°C with 0.7 m/s airflow whereas the storage temperature ranges from -20°C to 80°C making it fit to work in “harsh environments.” eBOX560-52R-FL […]

ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1 RISC-V WiFI & BLE board to launch for $8, modules for $1.8+

ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1 board

ESP32-C3 may be one of the most expected RISC-V processors in the IoT world, as it’s eventually expected to sell for the same price as ESP8266 and offers both WiFi and Bluetooth LE connectivity. Some engineering samples of the chip. modules and boards were distributed to developers shortly after the announcement at the end of the last year, but now it appears ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1 board will become available for $8 next month from distributors such as Mouser or DigiKey. Since I’ve never written about ESP32-C3-DevKitM-1 board let’s check out the specifications: Wireless module – ESP32­-C3­-MINI­-1 with ESP32-C3FH4 (105°C) or ESP32-C3FN4 (85°C) 32-bit RISC-V single-core processor, up to 160 MHz, 4 MB embedded flash,  384 KB ROM, 400 KB SRAM (16 KB for cache), 8 KB SRAM in RTC Connectivity – 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 4 & Bluetooth LE 5.0 USB – 1x Micro USB port for power and programming via USB-UART bridge Expansion – 2x headers with GPIO, ADC, UART, SPI, […]