Telit launches kit for Arduino LTE IoT applications

  • November 3, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Telit has launched Charlie, a turnkey innovation kit for fast, inexpensive development of Arduino-based, LTE-powered IoT applications.

The kit can provide the key features and capabilities necessary to leverage Arduino and LTE. It includes Telit’s ME310 module, based on the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, to provide full coverage of NB-IoT and Cat-M1 LTE bands, as well as fall-back to 2G in areas where the new technologies are not yet fully deployed.

“By leveraging the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, which is purpose-built for IoT designs, Telit’s new Charlie kit will be able to support cutting-edge connectivity, lower power consumption and accelerated development time for emerging IoT applications,” said Vieri Vanghi, vice president at Qualcomm. “We are excited to collaborate with Telit to play a role in driving IoT innovation and application development, which will help enable the affordable, widespread creation of intelligent devices with real-time communication capabilities.”

The microprocessor is compatible with the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) and programmable through Arduino libraries. The board’s Arduino MKR form factor lets developers use a wide variety of Arduino shields.

The included low-power Bosch Sensortec BMA400 acceleration sensor and low-power Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem are both suitable for applications such as asset tracking. The ceramic GNSS antenna with low-noise amplifier enables location-based applications. And a battery charger, USB access and cellular antenna connector provide additional design flexibility, capabilities and efficiency.

“Reliable and ubiquitous geographic IoT connectivity enables a widespread deployment of low-power, battery-operated sensor functions,” said Marcellino Gemelli, head of business development at Bosch Sensortec. “At Bosch Sensortec we are thrilled to partner with Telit on the Charlie design. This will make it easier for our customers to integrate our sensors in their innovative wireless connected solutions.”

Manish Watwani, chief marketing and product officer at Telit, added: “Telit’s new Charlie kit provides makers, developers and other innovators with all of the building blocks they need to quickly and inexpensively create IoT solutions based on Arduino and LTE. Charlie is the latest in our long line of Arduino-friendly IoT kits, including the GS2200M for wifi and Bravo, which combines LTE with Telit OneEdge, an innovative software suite that enables zero-touch onboarding, security built in at the point of manufacture, SIM-less cellular subscription management, simplified enterprise integration and more.”