Breakout boards simplify prototyping of ultra-low-power wireless networks

30-09-2021 | NeoCortec | Design & Manufacture

NeoCortec has launched a family of breakout prototyping and development boards that offer a simple and easy way for designers to start working with NeoMESH. Created to operate as a stand-alone development board or in Feather Wing mode for compatibility with Adafruit Feather boards, the FWNCxxxx breakout boards incorporate the 2.4GHz, 868MHz and 915MHz frequency bands.

Comments Thomas Steen Halkier, CEO at NeoCortec: "The new breakout boards eliminate the need for engineers to create any PCB design themselves, enabling them to initiate Proof-of-Concept testing of the NeoMESH network protocol stack in a real application very quickly and at minimal cost. The breakout board is compatible with the Adafruit Feather ecosystem and easily integrates with the Adafruit Feather microcontrollers. As an example, we have integrated our gateway software with the Adafruit Feather ESP-32 Wi-Fi device. This allows designers to produce a low-cost gateway design which can easily bridge between the low power mesh network and an IP based network or the customer’s preferred Cloud solution.”

The breakout boards feature the company’s compact, low-power NC1000 and NC2400 network modules which address a wide range of applications based on IoT and Cloud-based sensor networks, incorporating smart home and smart workplace, metering, security, agriculture, transportation, industry 4.0, medical and food distribution. All its modules share the same tiny 11mm x 18mm x 2.6mm footprint, so the target product does not require to change to support a full range of frequency bands. Average power consumption is as low as 20mA.

The new breakout boards provide easy access to GPIO to simplify customisation. An U. FL antenna is the only extra component that needs to be added before testing can start. Sensors and other peripherals can be soldered directly to the board if required.

By Natasha Shek