Microchip Technology has announced the AVR-IoT Cellular Mini development board, based on the AVR128DB48 8-bit microcontroller (MCU). This solution will offer location flexibility, low power consumption and deployment simplicity by providing a robust platform to start building sensor and actuator nodes on 5G narrowband IoT networks.
The development board is a small form-factor board, making it an ideal solution for developers who want to connect IoT devices to an available 5G network. This is an essential feature for devices on the go, or which are located in remote areas with limited availability of LoRa networks or other LPWAN solutions.
The board comes pre-configured to send data from onboard light and temperature sensors to the cloud, viewable using Microchip’s sandbox portal. The sandbox portal provides customers with the ability to track and monitor their device in real time from a remote location.
This functionality covers the core requirements of many applications in various industries including agriculture, industrial and energy, as well as consumer spaces such as transportation of goods, alarm systems, building automation and remote monitoring.
To provide an even easier, more efficient and more cost-effective solution for developers to connect IoT devices to 5G using the AVR128DB48 MCU, Microchip partnered with Sequans to include its Monarch 2 GM02S single-chip radio equipped with 5G LTE-M and narrowband IoT. Microchip also partnered with Truphone to provide the SIM card for cellular service that offers reliable coverage worldwide.
The AVR-IoT Cellular Mini development board is a beneficial solution for makers and hobbyists as it fits the Adafruit Feather form factor. It features a Qwiic/Stemma I2C connector for easy functionality extension, creating a clear path to production. It is also Arduino-compatible and is supported by Microchip’s Github library which provides functionality for HTTPS, MQTT, low power and more.