Take a look at our new nRF9160 Thing+, as well as our new Qwiic accelerometers!
Welcome back, everyone! It's Friday, once again, and we start off with a powerful, cellular Thing Plus equipped with Nordic's nRF9160. We collaborated with CircuitDojo on this powerhouse so we're excited to show it off to you! Following that, we have two new Qwiic accelerometers featuring Kionix's KX132 and KX134 ICs, the Cluster HAT that allows you to set up small scall RPi Zero clusters, and two 868MHz LoRa antennas. Let's dive in and take a closer look!
SparkFun has teamed up with CircuitDojo to bring you the SparkFun nRF9160 Thing Plus, featuring the powerful Nordic nRF9160 microcontroller in a Feather-compatible footprint. This little chip is capable of both CAT M1 LTE and NB-IoT cellular communication, and is designed to work with Zephyr, the go-to RTOS for embedded development. To make the Thing Plus even easier to use, this board utilizes our handy Qwiic Connect System, which means no soldering or shields are required to connect it to the rest of your system!
These SparkFun Triple-Axis Accelerometer Breakouts are simple Qwiic boards for the KX134 and KX132 digital accelerometers from Kionix. The KX134 is a low-power, 16-bit resolution, three-axis accelerometer capable of measuring ±8g/16g/32g/64g (user-selectable) and has up to a 10 kHz output data rate, making it ideal for high-g measurements as well as high-speed applications such as vibration sensing. Meanwhile, the KX132 is another low-power, 16-bit resolution three-axis accelerometer but with four user-selectable acceleration measurement ranges of ±2g/4g/8g/16g and has up to a 10 kHz output data rate.
This is a pretty straight-forward HAT for bringing simple cluster computing to the Raspberry Pi A+ and B+ lines. The Cluster HAT from 8086 allows for up to four Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W boards to be connected to a Raspberry Pi A+ or B+ based board (A+/B+/2/3/4). With the Pi Zeros in USB Gadget Mode, the system functions as a small-scale computer cluster.
This is a small, 1/4 wave rubber duck antenna for (European band) LoRa or other 868 MHz communication. The antenna has a center frequency of 868 MHz and utilizes an RP-SMA connector. Gain is 2 dBi with an overall length of 105 mm.
Increase your range with this 1/2 wave duck antenna for the European LoRa band. Designed for 810-910 MHz (868 MHz center frequency), it is ideal for distant LoRa nodes. It utilizes an RP-SMA connector and is 200 mm long with a gain of 2 dBi.
That's it for this week! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made! Please be safe out there, be kind to one another, and we'll see you next week with even more new products!