The Avnet Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit supports rapid prototyping of highly secure, end-to-end IoT implementations using Microsoft’s Azure Sphere. The small form-factor carrier board includes a production-ready MT3620 Sphere module with Wi-Fi connectivity, along with multiple expansion interfaces for easy integration of off-the-shelf sensors, displays, motors, relays, and more. The downloadable getting started tutorial guides developers through the development steps from board setup to application coding.
The production-ready Sphere MT3620 module is based on the MediaTek MT3620 SoC, which includes built-in Microsoft security, Wi-Fi connectivity and the combined versatility and power of an Arm® Cortex™-A7 processor with the low overhead and real-time guarantees of two Arm Cortex-M4F microcontrollers. A suite of on-chip peripherals, real-time clock, Flash, and RAM are also available. In addition to the MT3620, the 33 x 22 mm module includes a dual-band Wi-Fi chip antenna and system clock. Up to 27 configurable GPIOs and three configurable serial ports (UART, I2C, or SPI) are provided as I/Os on the module.
The carrier board connects the Sphere module I/Os to two MikroE Click sockets, an I2C Grove connector, a connector supporting the addition of a 128 x 64 OLED graphical display, a 3D accelerometer, 3D Gyro, temperature sensor, and an ambient light sensor. Debugging is accomplished through a USB-to-UART interface, which also provides the necessary 5V power for the board.
User applications for the embedded Sphere controller are developed in C using Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE and the Azure Sphere SDK. Visual Studio provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use development environment for compiling and debugging application code. The combination of Visual Studio, the versatile carrier card, and the production ready Sphere module delivers a powerful starting point for IoT developers interested in learning, prototyping, and deploying Azure Sphere based solutions.
• IoT edge devices
• Consumer appliances
• Smart retail
• Remote access
• Building automation
• Factory automation
• Two MikroE Click board expansion sockets
• Grove expansion connector (I2C)
• On-board sensors
– 3-Axis accelerometer
– 3-Axis gyro
– Ambient Light
• Interface for optional OLED 128x64 display
• USB Interface
– Supports debug, service & recovery UARTs, and JTAG
• User pushbutton switches and LEDs
• 5V to 3.3V Power regulation
• DC Supply Input:
– USB 5V from host computer
– Terminal footprints for external 5V DC and VBAT supplies
Azure Sphere MT3620 Module
• MediaTek MT3620AN SoC
• 3x ISU interfaces pre-configured for UART, SPI, I2C
• ADC/GPIO: 3x 12-bit ADC inputs (or 3 GPIOs)
• PWM/GPIO: 9x PWM outputs (or up to 24 GPIOs)
• RTC (requires VBAT supply)
• Dual-band 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
• Dual-band 2.4/5GHz chip antenna
Note: Azure Sphere OS support for some MT3620 features has not yet been released by Microsoft.
For more information on the production-ready Azure Sphere MT3620 modules, visit cloudconnectkits.org/azure-sphere-modules
Pre-order your Azure Sphere Starter Kit now with deliveries expected in early April 2019
(kits are only available in the US, Canada, and Europe)