Microchip’s Board Will Simplify Embedded System Designing

By Sharad Bhowmick

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Microchip has announced the AVR-IoT Cellular Development Board to ease the process of embedded design. The AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development is based on an 8-bit AVR128DB48 MCU. And is capable of providing a robust platform to start building sensor and actuator nodes on 5G narrowband IoT networks. The small form factor and security protection offered by Microchip’s ATECC608 CryptoAthentication device, make this device a preferable solution for developers who want to connect IoT devices to an available 5G network.

“Microchip continues to expand its family of AVR® 8-bit MCUs for developers to implement a variety of embedded designs with ease and flexibility,” said Greg Robinson, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s 8-bit MCU business unit. “The ability to connect remote and mobile devices to a 5G narrowband network with an 8-bit MCU opens up new opportunities for battery-operated devices because of key factors such as low power combined with high-quality analog peripherals.”

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According to the company, the AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development Board has an on-board light and temperature sensor to which it sends data to the cloud, which can be viewed using Microchip’s sandbox portal. The portal allows users to track and monitor the parameters of the device in real-time from a remote location. This feature is useful as it covers the core requirements of many applications for many sectors such as agriculture, industrial, transportation, energy, etc.

“The Monarch 2 GM02S is a 5G-ready LTE-M and narrowband-IoT solution on a single-chip, which we designed specifically for narrowband IoT applications, including sensors, wearables and other low-data, low-power devices,” said Didier Dutronc, executive vice president of partnership strategy at Sequans. “By partnering with Microchip on its AVR-IoT cellular board, we are simplifying and lowering the costs of IoT device design.”
“We are committed to reinventing the way in which people, things and businesses connect through our ground-breaking embedded SIM (eSIM) technology,” said Steve Alder, chief business development officer of Truphone. “Owning and operating all elements of the eSIM ecosystem in-house coupled with access to a large number of low-power cellular networks through a single SIM SKU, provides Microchip customers looking to connect IoT devices a future-proof cellular service.”

The AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development Board is also suitable for makers and DIYers as it is compatible with Arduino and fits the Adafruit Feather form factor. Furthermore, it supports the company’s Github Library which provides functionality for HTTPS, MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT), low power and more.

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