Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit

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 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 interfaces (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.

 

Sophisticated, real-world reference designs like the Azure Sphere "Advanced Tutorial" on the Element14 IoT community site, can be used to jumpstart your Azure Sphere based development and get your product to market fast!

Advanced Tutorial - Azure Sphere Starter Kit 

 

Target Applications

 

•  IoT edge devices

•  Consumer appliances

•  Smart retail

•  Remote access

•  Building automation

•  Factory automation

 

Features

 

Carrier Board

  •  Two MikroE Click board expansion sockets

  •  Grove expansion connector (I2C)

  •  On-board sensors

         –  3-Axis accelerometer

         –  3-Axis gyro

         –  Temperature

         –  Pressure/Barometric

         –  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

  •  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)

What's Included: 
Carrier board with Azure Sphere MT3620 module
USB Cable
Quick Start Card