u-blox has announced the new u-blox XPLR-IOT-1 IoT explorer kit that is an all-in-one package to test, evaluate, and validate IoT applications. Integrating all relevant u-blox technologies and services into a capable prototyping platform with a vast selection of sensors and interfaces as well as cloud connectivity, XPLR-IOT-1 makes it easier than ever to explore the potential of IoT applications. This device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE-M/NB-IoT cellular communication. Moreover, a dedicated low-power GNSS receiver provides accurate positioning data.
The hardware is complemented by a broad selection of sensors commonly used in IoT applications, including accelerometers and gyroscopes, a magnetometer, and temperature, humidity, pressure, and ambient light sensors. A power-on switch, LEDs, and user buttons make it easy for users to interact with the device. With the embedded SIM, this device is pre-configured for cellular networks and also hosts an ultra-low-power MAX-M10S positioning module capable of concurrently tracking four global navigation satellite system (GNSS) constellations, delivering highly reliable location data wherever GNSS coverage is available.
Key Features of u-blox XPLR-IOT-1
- Multipurpose explorer kit for IoT applications
- LTE-M/NB-IoT, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, GNSS
- Designed for use with u-blox services
- Embedded SIM with MQTT Anywhere trial subscription
- Dual-core Arm® Cortex®-M33 application MCU
- Application and cloud software examples
The device is controlled with the Nordic Semiconductor nRF5340 wireless System-on-Chip (SoC) in the NORA-B1 wireless MCU module. It features a dual-core Arm Cortex-M33 MCU with up to 128/64 MHz clock frequency and 512 + 64 kB RAM memory and 1024 + 256 kB flash. The SoC can host custom applications developed with the Nordic nRF Connect SDK or the Zephyr development environment.