5G is already here, but it is very hard to find a very well made & supported 5G ready Development board for quickly prototyping Cellular IoT Embedded Applications.
Microchip® decided to address this demand with the introduction of the AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development board. The AVR-IoT Cellular Mini is able to provide a robust & compact platform to start building sensor and actuator nodes on 5G narrowband IoT networks with an 8-bit MCU. It’s reasonably priced at 60$.
What Powers the Board?
Microcontroller: AVR128DB48 - 8 bit, 128K of flash, Multi-Voltage I/O, and a set of internal operational amplifiers.
Cryptographic IC: ATECC608B - It provides security protocols and allows secure storage of private keys
5G Ready LTE-M Modem: Sequans Monarch 2
Useful Hardware Features:
Li-Ion/LiPo Battery Charger, with charge status LED
USB, Battery, and external-input power options
VEML3328 Color Sensor
MCP9808 Temperature Sensor
Five User LEDs
Two Mechanical Buttons
Adafruit Feather compatible edge connector
Nano SIM Card Holder, eSIM Footprint
Well documented Hardware :
Preloaded Firmware can Connect with AWS
Full Arduino IDE support
Supports HTTPS, MQTT etc
Well Documented Github Page: https://github.com/microchip-pic-avr-solutions/avr-iot-cellular-arduino-library