industry news
Subscribe Now

Arduino unveils two new boards delivering easy-to-use connectivity in IoT project development

Designed to make the IoT seamless, new boards deliver embedded LoRa and GSM connectivity, enabling quick development of devices and applications

TURIN, ITALY – September 25, 2017: Arduino has unveiled the new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400, two new boards that are designed to offer a practical and cost-effective solution for developers, makers and enterprises, enabling them to quickly add connectivity to their projects and ease the development of battery-powered IoT edge applications.

The new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 delivers LoRa low-power WAN connectivity, and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400 adds global 2G/3G communications capability. Both of the highly compact boards feature dimensions of only 67.64 x 25mm, together with low power consumption, making them an ideal choice for emerging battery-powered IoT edge devices in the MKR form factor for applications such as environmental monitoring, tracking, agriculture, energy monitoring and home automation.

The two new boards, which were formally introduced during Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi’s talk at the Maker Faire in New York on Saturday, are also available for pre-order via the global online Arduino Store.

Offering 32-bit computational power similar to the Arduino MKR Zero board, the new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 is based around the Murata LoRa low-power connectivity module and the Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller, which integrates the 32-bit low-power ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, 256KB Flash memory and 32KB SRAM. The board’s design includes the ability to be powered via either two 1.5V AA or AAA batteries or an external 5V input via the USB interface – with automatic switching between the two power sources.

As well as low-power LoRa IoT communications capability, the MKR WAN 1300 offers the usual rich set of I/O interfaces expected with an Arduino board, and ease of use via the Arduino IDE software environment for code development and programming. Other features of the board include an operating voltage of 3.3V; eight digital I/Os; 12 PWM outputs; and UART, SPI and I2C interfaces.

Like the MKR WAN 1300, the Arduino MKR GSM 1400 is also based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ based SAM D21, but integrates the u-blox module to deliver global 3G communications ability. The board also features automatic power switching, however, it uses either a 3.7V lithium polymer (LiPo) battery or an external Vin power source delivering 5V to 12V. While the USB port can also be used to supply 5V to the board, the MKR GSM 1400 is able to run with or without the battery connected.

The MKR GSM 1400 also offers a rich set of I/O interfaces including: eight digital I/Os; 12 PWM outputs; UART, SPI and I2C interfaces; analogue I/O including seven inputs and one output; and eight external interrupt pins.

About Arduino
Arduino is the world’s leading open-source hardware and software ecosystem. The company offers a range of software tools, hardware platforms and documentation enabling almost anybody to be creative with technology. Arduino is a popular tool for IoT product development, as well as one of the most successful tools for STEM/STEAM education. Millions of designers, engineers, students, developers and makers around the world are using Arduino to innovate in music, games, toys, smart homes, farming, autonomous vehicles, and more. For more information visit: www.arduino.cc.

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Nov 13, 2019
At the third stroke of midnight on 30 September 2019, Australia's talking clock fell silent....
Nov 13, 2019
By Elven Huang – Mentor, A Siemens Business SRAM debugging at advanced nodes is challenging. With pattern matching and similarity checking, Calibre tools enable designers to more quickly and precisely locate SRAM modification errors and determine the correct fix. Static...
Nov 13, 2019
Decisions, Decisions … I may be in the market for a new car in the near future. Unless you'€™ve got a strong preference (and most car buyers DO have a strong preference, IMO), choosing a vehicle is a series of trade-offs.  Fuel efficiency vs. horsepower. Functionali...
Nov 13, 2019
One of the big trends that has been happening somewhat below the radar is the growth of various forms of 3D packaging. I noted this at HOT CHIPS in summer, when a big percentage of the designs were... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community sit...
Nov 8, 2019
[From the last episode: we looked at the differences between computing at the edge and in the cloud.] We'€™ve looked at the differences between MCUs and SoCs, but the one major thing that they have in common is that they have a CPU. Now'€¦ anyone can define their own CPU ...