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13 Sep 2018, 9:28

The Arduino MKR Range Expands!

There’s a great offering of development boards from Arduino designed specifically for the Makers out there known in the market as the Arduino MKR range. These brilliant dev boards are all about communication, from IoT and SigFox to GSM, but now there are some fresh additions to the Arduino MKR family that can help expand the horizons of your designs even further.

Arduino MKR NB 1500 (176-3642)

Now you can add Narrow Band Comms to your Arduino project with this handy board. The ideal choice for devices located in remote, isolated areas without any immediate internet connection or a local power source. Designed for global use this board provides Cat M1/NB1 deployed bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 20 and 28 (Vodafone, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Telstra, Verizon).

Spec

  • SAMD21 Microcontroller
  • ARM Cortex-M0+ 32bit Architecture
  • Operating Voltage 3.3V
  • Flash Memory 256 KB
  • SRAM 32 KB
  • Clock Speed 32.768 kHz (RTC), 48 MHz
  • Interfaces I2C, I2S, SPI, UART
  • Power Consumption 93 mA, 30mA (low power)

 

Arduino MKR CONNECTOR CARRIER  (176-3646)

Do you need to connect a series of components to your project and would rather use connectors than heat up your soldering iron? Then the Arduino MKR Connector Carrier Shield is just the thing, providing Seeed Studio’s Grove connectors to your MKR board.

Spec

  • Input Voltage 7V-16 V
  • Digital I/Os 7
  • Analog Inputs 7
  • Interfaces UART, I2C
  • 5mA power consumption

 

Arduino MKR ETH SHIELD (176-3648)

Ethernet connections can sometimes be faster and more stable than WiFi and more resilient to electromagnetic interference and so for moments like that the Arduino MKR ETH Shield is the perfect addition to your Arduino MKR.  Simply plug in the ETH Shield and you will have a wired Ethernet connection, it’s that easy.

Spec

  • Input Voltage 5 V
  • Controller - WIznet WS500
  • Interface SPI
  • 130 mA power consumption

 

Arduino MKR 485 SHIELD (176-3643)

If you have a need for connecting your MKR board to an industrial system that uses the RS 485 protocol then look no further. The MKR 485 allows you to connect to almost any existing legacy industrial system such as PLCs, controllers, drives and HMIs.

Spec

  • Input Voltage 7V-16 V
  • Interface UART
  • Transceiver TJA1049T/3
  • 40 mA power consumption

 

Arduino MKR MEM SHIELD (176-3644)

Does your project lack the memory for the job at hand? The Arduino MKR MEM shield lets you add flash memory and storage to your struggling project. Complete with 2 megabytes of flash memory is also features a microSD card slot to allow you to add whatever storage capacity you need.

Spec

  • Input voltage 3.3V
  • Flash W25Q16JV
  • SPI interface
  • 10 mA power consumption

 

Arduino MKR CAN SHIELD (176-3650)

You either CAN or you can’t, but with the MKR CAN you certainly can!  You can quickly and easily connect to a Controller Area Network Bus, simplifying the connection of MKR boards with industrial and automotive applications including smart vehicles, autonomous cars and drones. You can even connect your MKR board directly to several types of industrial grade motors, sensors and displays.

Spec

  • Input Voltage 7V-16 V
  • Controller MCP2515
  • Interface SPI
  • TJA1049T/3 Transceiver
  • 11 mA power consumption

 

Arduino MKR WIFI 1010 (176-3647)

Simplifying your connectability to other Arduino products the MKR WIFI means you don’t have to be an expert to rapidly establish a network. With a built ESP32 module that was created by U-Blox this board was designed to help you speed up and simplify your prototyping of WiFI based applications.

Spec

  • Microcontroller SAMD21
  • Architecture ARM Cortex-M0+ 32bit
  • Operating Voltage 3.3V
  • Flash Memory 256 KB
  • SRAM 32 KB
  • Clock Speed 32.768 kHz (RTC), 48 MHz
  • Input Voltage 5 V
  • Interfaces I2C, I2S, SPI, UART
  • Power Consumption 93 mA, 30mA (low power)

 

Arduino MKR VIDOR 4000 (176-3649)

Looking for a board for a very specific application that Arduino doesn’t make? Maybe your project needs a more complex central board that’s optimised for your particular needs that will have to interface with all other Arduino boards and devices? The MKR VIDOR 4000 is highly configurable and powerful, and it can also perform high-speed digital audio and video processing. Packed with hardware, 8 MB of SDRAM, a 2 MB QSPI Flash Chip, micro HDMI connector a MIPI camera connector and more.

Spec

  • Microcontroller SAMD21
  • ARM Cortex-M0+ 32bit plus Cyclone 10 Architecture
  • Operating Voltage 3.3V
  • 256 KB Flash Memory
  • SRAM 32 KB
  • Clock Speed 48 MHz
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi w/ NINA W102
  • Interfaces 20 (headers) +32 (mPCI) I2C, SPI, UART, mPCI express MIPI Camera, miniHDMI
  • PWM Output 12 (D21)/22 (Cyclone 10)

 

Arduino MKR PROTO LARGE SHIELD (169-7587)

When you require a larger prototyping area for your MKR Board then the Proto Large Shield is the ideal solution, providing over 300 solder points that makes connecting components quick and simple.

Spec

  • 21 Digital I/O pins
  • 7 Analog input pins
  • Dimensions 80x50 (LxW)

 

Further Reading:

Arduino Based Learning Kit

7 Ace Arduino Based Projects

More Arduino MKR Boards

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13 Sep 2018, 9:28

Comments

September 14, 2018 09:39

Thanks, interesting post, I had missed the availability of some of these new boards.

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