The SparkFun Blues Wireless MicroMod Starter Kit is the easiest way to get started with the Notecarrier Cellular Function Board and provides every part needed to get you connected and start prototyping. Also included with the Notecarrier Function Board, you will receive the latest version of the MicroMod MainBoard (V2.1) and STM32 Processor Board (V2.0), as well as a BMA400 Qwiic Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout to get you started using the kit as fast as possible! Don't worry, we've also included all the required cables and antennas that you'll need, too!
The SparkFun Notecarrier Cellular Function Board is the core of this kit, which adds a cellular modem to the MicroMod ecosystem using the Notecard - NOTE-NBGL-500 from Blues Wireless. The Notecard is unique among cellular modules as it has a built-in SIM card and includes a 10-year subscription and 500MB of data in the price. The Notecard module also comes with integrated cellular, SIM, onboard GPS, and a 3-axis accelerometer with an on-chip temperature sensor.
The SparkFun MicroMod STM32 Processor Board controls this kit and keeps it in line by featuring an ARM® Cortex®-M4 32-bit RISC core. The STM32 is one of the most powerful and economical microcontrollers available, so to be able to add it to your MicroMod Carrier Board is a huge advantage for the Blues Wireless MicroMod Starter Kit!
Of course, you are going to need something to do with your new MicroMod Kit: enter the SparkFun Qwiic BMA400 Triple Axis Accelerometer Breakout! This board offers a 3-axis acceleration sensor perfect for ultra-low-power applications on an easy-to-use Qwiic breakout. Dubbed the first "real" ultra-low power acceleration sensor, the BMA400 is perfect when used in both wearable and smart home applications. Where this sensor shines, however, is its ability to distinguish between critical situations and false signals by avoiding false alarms.
Finally, the MicroMod Main Board - Single, a specialized carrier board that allows you to interface a MicroMod Processor Board with a single MicroMod Function Board, connects them all together. With the M.2 MicroMod connector, connecting your Processor and Function Boards is a breeze. Simply match up the key on your board's beveled edge connector to the key on the M.2 connector and secure the boards with screws.
MicroMod is a modular interface ecosystem that connects a microcontroller “processor board” to various “carrier board” peripherals. Utilizing the M.2 standard, the MicroMod standard is designed to easily swap out processors and function boards on the fly. Pair a specialized carrier board for the project you need with your choice of compatible processor!
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
Cellular Function Board Resources:
MicroMod STM32 Processor Documentation:
MicroMod Main Board - Single Documentation:
Qwiic BMA400 Triple Axis Accelerometer Documentation:
Blues Wireless Resources:
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