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Arrow roars with Lion board for IoT developers using LoRa

Steve Rogerson
September 15, 2016



Arrow Electronics has extended its support for developers of IoT products with the introduction of the SmartEverything Lion board. The board supports functions required in an IoT sensing node and enables simple, low power connection to the cloud via the LoRa protocol.
 
It was developed by Colorado-based Arrow Electronics in association with Italian firm Axel Elettronica and is designed to simplify and speed the development processes of companies producing nodes for the IoT.
 
The board joins the existing family of development boards from Arrow aimed specifically at developers of IoT applications. These boards include the popular Sigfox-based SmartEverything board launched in February 2015.
 
LoRa is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) specification for wireless battery operated things in regional, national or global networks. It supports key IoT requirements including secure bidirectional communications, mobility and localisation services. The standard provides seamless interoperability among smart devices without the need for complex local installations.
 
The Lion board is based on the Arduino form factor and incorporates a Microchip LoRa module. It uses ST Microelectronics sensors for proximity, humidity, temperature and acceleration and includes a Microchip Bluetooth Low Energy interface for short-range connectivity, together with an external shield featuring NXP NFC NTag I2C interface for authentication and ST I2C sensor for temperature, humidity, proximity and axis.
 
Another external shield by Analog Devices is available with temperature, precision axis and gas sensor for IoT applications. An Atmel ARM Cortex-M0+ based CPU USB Host orchestrator chip manages all traffic between peripherals. Atmel-based crypto authentication enables implementation of a full security algorithm with message authentication code. A Telit GPS with embedded antenna supports localisation. Dynaflex 868MHz antenna and Linear Technology power management devices are also incorporated.