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Open Your Lines of Communication Further with the Arduino MKR Family

We were excited to learn of the release of a new range of development boards from Arduino (who wouldn’t be?) designed specifically for the Arduino Maker. These brilliant dev boards are all about communication, from IoT and SigFox to GSM, this impressive range of boards and shields has been coined the MKR family and is available from RS Components now!

Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer.

Arduino MKR GSM 1400 Communication Board (171-1860)


The Arduino MKR GSM 1400 Communication Board combines the functionality of the Arduino Zero with global GSM connectivity. The MKR FOX 1400 is the perfect solution for Makers, hobbyists or professional engineers who don’t possess a great deal of network experience and want to create low-power GSM projects quickly and easily. The MKR GSM 1400 includes the ability to power the board using a Li-Po battery or via an external power source rated at 5V, and of course the simplicity of using the Arduino Software platform for code development and programming.

Some of the MKR GSM 1400 features:

  • Global GSM connectivity
  • SAMD21 Cortex-MO+ 32bit low power ARM MCU
  • Rich set of I/O interfaces
  • 256KB Flash memory
  • 32KB SRAM
  • Antenna Power 2dB
  • 1 x UART, SPI and I2C

Arduino MKR FOX 1200 Dev Board (169-7590)


The MKR FOX 1200 is a powerful and user-friendly dev board that combines the functionality of the Arduino Zero with SigFox connectivity. The MKR FOX 1200 is the perfect solution for Makers, Hobbyists or professional engineers who perhaps don’t possess a great deal of network experience and who want to create low-power IoT projects quickly. Ideal for small form-factor battery-power based IoT projects and the MKR FOX also includes a 2-year subscription to SigFox and access to the Spot’it geolocation service.

Some of the MKR FOX 1200 features:

  • SigFox Connectivity (free subscription for 2 years)
  • Power by two 1.5v AA or AAA batteries or external 5V
  • Easy to code with Arduino IDE

Arduino MKR IoT Dev Board Bundle (169-7592)


Looking for an IoT Development kit? The Arduino MKR IoT Dev Board Bundle is a comprehensive kit that includes all the necessary components you need to create 5 educational IoT projects. Based on the MKR1000 board, the Arduino MKR IoT development board bundle, in collaboration with the online tutorials, will take you painlessly through the basics of IoT network creation.

Some of the MKR IoT Dev Board Kit contents:

  • Arduino MKR1000 Board
  • 1400 point breadboard
  • DC servo motor
  • 6 phototransistors
  • 3 10K Ohm potentiometers
  • 10 pushbuttons
  • Temperature sensor
  • Tilt sensor
  • 34 LEDs

And much more…

Arduino MKR1000 WiFi Board (169-7583)


Combining the functionality of the Arduino Zero and the Arduino WiFi Shield, the powerful Arduino MKR1000 board could be just the thing you are looking for. Designed to be easy to understand and use, it is the ideal solution for makers, hobbyists or professionals who are inexperienced in IoT networking and who want to design IoT projects easily. With an internal Li-Po charging circuit the MKR1000 can run on battery power or an external 5V source and the change-over between power sources is automatic. The Arduino MKR1000’s WiFi functionality is based on the Atmel ATSAMW25 SoC that belongs to the SmartConnect family of Atmel Wireless devices.

Some of the MKR1000 features:

  • Single 1x1 Stream PCB Antenna
  • SAMD21 Cortex-MO+ 32bit low power ARM MCU
  • WINC1500 low power 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Li-Po battery, single cell 3.7V, 700 mAh
  • 256KB flash memory
  • 32KB SRAM

MKR2UNO Adapter Board (169-7585)


If you want to quickly and easily connect any of your UNO shields to your Arduino MKR1000, this handy little adapter is just the thing. The MKR2UNO adapter makes it easy to upgrade your Arduino UNO form factor based projects to the more powerful MKR1000 format, Just plug and play!

Some of the MKR2UNO features:

  • Operating voltage 3.3V
  • 3 Analog input pins
  • 1 Analog output pin
  • 14 Digital I/O pins

MKR ZERO Board (169-7584)


The MKR ZERO has the power of the Arduino Zero but comes in a smaller form and complete with an onboard SD connector with dedicated SPI interfaces that lets you turn up the volume on music files you want to play with no extra hardware requirements.

Arduino also provides you with 2 music libraries for you to explore:

Arduino Sound library

I2S library

Some of the MKR ZERO features:

  • Connects easily to a PC via Micro USB
  • Li-Po single cell, 3.7V, 700mAh
  • 22 Digital I/O Pins
  • 7 Analog input pins
  • 1 Analog output pin
  • 256KB flash memory
  • 32KB SRAM
  • 32.768 kHz (RTC), 48 MHz clock speed

Arduino MKR Relay Proto Shield Board (169-7588)


If you need to command relays with your MKR board then the MKR Relay Proto Shield is the perfect solution. The Relay Proto Shield features two onboard relays, two terminal blocks, two stacking headers, plus a small prototyping zone if you need to add more components to your project.

Some of the MKR Relay features:

  • Operating voltage 3.3V
  • 2 relays with NO, COM and NC Connections
  • 8 Way and 6 Way Screw terminal blocks
  • Maximum operating voltage 125 VAC, 60 VDC
  • Maximum operating current 1A
  • Maximum switching capacity 62.50 VA, 30W

Arduino MKR SD Proto Shield for MKR Board (169-7589)


You might need to add a digital storage media to your MKR1000 board, and that’s where the Arduino MKR SD Proto Shield comes in! This handy little shield lets you quickly and easily connect an SD card to your MKR board. Store data coming from sensors, the web, the IoT or whatever else your project is involved with. A small prototyping area is also provided should you wish to add extra components to your project.

Arduino MKR Proto Prototyping Shield (169-7586)


Designed for your MKR board, the MKR Proto is a prototyping shield that easily plugs on to your MKR board using the provided headers. Duplicate breakouts along with an array of through-holes on a standard 2.54mm grid provide you with plenty of room for your prototyping projects.

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