Development and antenna kits aid LPWAN development
Two development kits for the CC1350 SimpleLink wireless microcontroller from Texas Instruments are now available from Mouser. The CC1350 SensorTag development kit and sub-1GHz and 2.4GHz antenna kit for LaunchPad and SensorTag have been announced by the distributor.
The CC1350 microcontroller is designed for low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) and features dual-band connectivity that expands the functionality of a sub-1 GHz network for Bluetooth low energy projects.
The TI CC1350 SensorTag development kit adds a single-chip Bluetooth Smart radio and a sub-1GHz radio to the SensorTag ecosystem. The kit combines mobile phone integration with long-range connectivity based on a 32bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor, on a single chip that can run for years on a single coin cell battery, says the company. The CC1350 SensorTag allows direct connection with Bluetooth to smartphones and tablets, combined with a 2km range for the sub-1GHz radio interface.
The sub-1.0 and 2.4 GHz antenna kit for LaunchPad and SensorTag allows engineers to perform real-world testing. It includes 16 tested and characterised antennas for frequencies from 169MHz to 2.4GHz, including PCB, Helical and chip antennae as well as dual-band antennae for 868 or 915MHz combined with 2.4GHz. There is also a uSMA (JSC) cable to connect to LaunchPad and SensorTag kits, including the CC1350 SensorTag development kit, as well as the CC2650 LaunchPad and CC1310 LaunchPad. A uSMA-to-SMA connector connects the kit or antennae to a standard SMA connector.