New NB-IoT-BC66 modules with size only 26×26 mm contain everything you need to add NB-IoT functionality in your next project

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NB-IoT is low power wide area networking technology which uses existing GSM LTE technology and has many advantages versa LoRa:

  • GSM network quality of service
  • single GSM cell can talk to up to 100 000 devices
  • high communication speed 25.5 kbps up and downlink
  • secure communication using LTE encryption
  • better range than LoRa both in urban and rural area (* depend on cell operating frequency – best range is om 850Mhz)

NB-IoT is already deployed in many applications:

  • Remote metering of electricity, water and gas;
  • Environmental monitoring;
  • City waste management, parking management, Lighting management;
  • Storage monitoring, logistics;
  • Healthcare patient monitoring;
  • Agroculture monitoring and management, remote irrigationi;
  • Industrial machinery monitoring and control.

The only disadvantage is the need of SIM card from operator, but in Europe there are many options for low cost SIM cards, to not make advertisement we will not quote but prices start from EUR 1 per year.

We add 4 new modules in stock:

 

Open Source Hardware IoT boards ESP32-EVB and ESP32-GATEWAY now are available in industrial grade -40+85C

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ESP32-EVB and ESP32-GATEWAY are two very popular IoT boards which are supported both by Arduino IDE and Espressif SDK.

Now we stock ESP32-EVB-IND and ESP32-GATEWAY-IND which are functionally same boards, but all components used in them work in industrial temperature grade -40+85C.

ESP32-WROVER-DevKit-Lipo Open Source Hardware board with 4MB Flash and 8MB PSRAM is in stock

ESP32-WROVER-DevKit-Lipo

ESP32-WROVER-DevKit-LiPo is new open source hardware board which uses ESP32-WROVER modules with 4MB Flash and 8MB PSRAM.  It keeps same layout as ESP32-DevKit-C and ESP32-DevKit-Lipo, so boards made for these modules will work drop in.

The only difference between ESP32-WROOM and ESP32-WROVER modules beside the more RAM is that WROVER module has no GPIO16 and GPIO17 which are used internally and not connected to the outside pins.

Open Source Hardware LIME2-SERVER user manual is uploaded and explains how to assembly and how to install Linux images of popular projects

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LIME2-SERVER is Linux server with only 2W consumption, A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 and option for HDD or SSD.

The server has bild-in LiPo battery which allow it to run for hours without external power supply, Gigabit Ethernet connection and power adapter 5V 2A.

Today we uploaded on GitHub the initial version of the user manual which explains how to assembly the boxes in case you didn’t bought it assembled.

Also basic instructions to use Ubuntu Bionic and Debian Buster images we provide.

KODI and NextCloud installation.

Additional info how to build and install Home Assistant, Yunohost, TOR server will be included in the next revision.

ESP32-DevKit-LiPo Open Source Hardware board GPIOs table and power consumption testings – in deep sleep the board uses only 65 uA

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Our ESP32-DevKit-LiPo board is pin to pin compatible with Espressif ESP32-DevKit, but we add to it LiPo battery charger, so the board can operate from LiPo battery like BATTERY-LiPo1400mAh

High resolution of the above GPIO map is available here.

Having LiPo backup power supply allow WiFi/BLE connected handheld devices to be created with ESP32-DevKit-LiPo.

In our new Revision B of this board which is on prototype stage:

If PWR_SENS_E1 jumper is shorted your software can monitor if external power supply is attached or you work on battery.

If BAT_SEND_E1 jumper is shorted your software can read battery voltage.

When operating on battery low power is necessary, so we optimized the design of Revision. C to reduce power consumption as much as possible and here are the results:

ESP32-DevKit-LiPo powered by Li-Po battery (no LED)

  • normal mode: 35mA +/-10%
  • deep sleep mode: 0.065mA +/-10%

ESP32-DevKit-LiPo powered by 5V USB (LED up)

  • normal mode: 35mA +/-10%
  • deep sleep mode: 2mA +/-10%

 

BC66 new firmware update fixes NETLIGHT bug

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Our NB-IoT-Devkit popular platform is choice for many developers working on NB-IoT projects.

We got recently new firmware for BC66 which fix some bugs and add new functionality.

We are updating the firmware on all modules we have in stock now, but our customers who bought this board before can update their firmware with the image we placed on our ftp server.

New IP Camera OSHW board in design RFC

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We started recently new design with Allwinner S3 SOC.

The board have these features:

  • Allwinner S3 Cortex-A7 running at 1.2Ghz
  • AXP209 PMU with Lipo charger and step-up for UPS
  • internal 1Gb DDR3 RAM at 1333Mhz
  • 100Mb Ethernet interface with PoE option
  • NAND/eMMC/SPI Flash on socket
  • WiFi / BT module with RTL8723BS
  • Audio In and Out
  • UEXT connector
  • Lipo battery connector
  • Configuration EEPROM
  • LCD connector for LCD-OLinuXino
  • MIPI camera connector with RPi pinout
  • CSI camera connector
  • Dimensions: 60 x 50 mm

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S3 SOC is on bottom so heatsink could be add if overheating due to the small PCB area.

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We want to build intelligent camera solution which can be powered by PoE and can work with both wired and wireless Ethernet connection.

We add MIPI camera connector with RPi pinout as there are plenty of cheap 5Mpix cameras available.

We also will provide CSI camera with 5-8Mpix separately.

Why we do this board? We want to have intelligent IP camera among our tools and we put features which are necessary to fit our potential projects. This board have also potential for Voice over IP , Video over IP, Security, Home remote monitoring etc.

Initial upload on GitHub is with our schematic and components put on PCB locations, routing is ahead, so we would like to hear your opinion.

Did we forgot something?

Can we do something differently or better?

Let us know what do you think.

STM32-E407 Open Source Hardware board got ARM Mbed OS support

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Arm Mbed OS is free, open source RTOS targeting IoT applications. It supports online IDE, many compilers and devices.

More you can learn on Mbed OS web page and the GiHub repository of the project.

Recently Rohan Fletcher posted on our forum that he add support for our STM32-E407 board in Mbed OS.

For these who are interested and want to give it try – here are his instructions how to use STM32-E407 with Mbed OS.

Open Source Hardware boards for NB-IoT technology presented at RuseConf 2019

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RuseConf is part of IT-Tour. Every year IT-Tour organize conferences in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Ruse, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo. They are all made by volunteers and completely free to participate. The idea is to encourage local IT community to share ideas and interesting talks.

This weekend on 28th of September was RuseConf and Olimex presented there our newest NB-IoT boards.

NB-IoT-DevKit boards will be on our web for sale next week with sale price per one unit EUR 18.00. They employ the NB-IoT technology which uses existing LTE 4G network to implement LPWAN.

The NB-IoT devices use low power and can operate on battery for 10 years if network traffic is less 200 bytes per day (this may seems small but SigFox for instance allow 2 to 140 uploads of 12 bytes messages per day. NB-IoT has no restrictions and limits, but if have to be careful as more traffic means more battery discharge. One GSM LTE base cell can connect up to 100 000 NB-IoT devices at same time ( but of course it no one talk on his GSM phone in this cell range) which beats LoRa gateway maximal theoretical 49 connections. Also the NB-IoT module we use has +20dB more sensitivity so if normally one Base cell can connect to NB-IoT nodes up to 10km this module has 10 time more sensitivity and can connect up to 100 km from the base cell. This of course is marketing claim theoretical claim as explained in the talk but still impressive.

The slides are in Bulgarian and English and uploaded at Slideshare.com

 

ESP32-ADF Internet Radio example now uses LoBo with 2.8″ TFT LCD and touch screen

 

The Internet Radio demo for ESP32-ADF now includes MOD-LCD2.8RTP and LoBo for UI. Updated version is uploaded on GitHub.

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