The AT&T IoT Starter Kit (2nd generation) is an innovative IoT System-on-Module development board, that has also been certified and cost-optimized for use in volume production of custom products. This enables the design of cellular connected edge devices, certified for operation in the USA. Powered by AT&T IoT services (available through Avnet), this kit provides a complete development environment for sensor-to-cloud applications and services.
Designed to be used for both prototyping and production, the slim form-factor LTE system board has FCC, PTCRB and AT&T network certifications and a pre-registered Micro-SIM card for AT&T IoT service is included in the kit. This together with versatile expansion options, provide a high level of enablement to facilitate easier IoT product deployment and reduction in overall project risk.
The Starter Kit features a small (79.5 mm x 30 mm) development board built around Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) M18Q2FG-1 LTE Cat-4 modem module. The M18Q2FG-1 module provides cellular modem functionality plus user application code support via a dedicated Arm® Cortex™-A7 processor, thus eliminating the need for an external host processor. A rich set of embedded system peripherals, controllable through the user’s embedded application code, are easily accessible through a 60-pin expansion connector or a 2x6 peripheral module header. Easy system customization with application-specific sensors and I/O interfaces, allow the use of off-the-shelf plug-in boards as well as custom user hardware. The development board includes an ambient light sensor, temperature sensor, and 3-axis accelerometer for rapid application development as well as out-of-box demonstration examples.
Running OpenEmbedded Linux, the M18Q2FG-1 module facilitates user application development with a Software Development Kit (SDK) that includes API calls to access the hardware peripherals, interfaces and system resources. Sample application code, built with this SDK, is loaded into the M18Q2FG-1 module through a USB/ADB interface on the development board thus eliminating the need for external debug tools and proprietary JTAG cables.
Cloud application development is supported by AT&T’s M2X Data Services and Flow Designer. M2X is a cloud-based, fully managed data storage service for connected machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, while Flow Designer is a visual IoT application development environment designed to help IoT developers create applications faster.
- • Cellular IoT Devices
- • Remote Access
- • Smart City
- • Smart Agriculture
- • Asset Tracking
- • Building Automation
- • Factory Automation
Note! Capabilities of the “2nd Generation” AT&T IoT Starter Kit extend far beyond what was previously possible. Note however that software development is significantly different, the user application code now executes under Linux on an Application Processor.
The table below compares features of 1st and 2nd Generation IoT Starter Kits: <click to enlarge>
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