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Move-X Cicerone is an Arduino MKR Form Factor Compatible LoRa-GNSS Board

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Move-X has released an Arduino MKR form factor compatible LoRa/GNSS board named Cicerone. The Cicerone is based on the LoRa module, MAMWLE, and a u-blox MAX-M10S GNSS module. The board delivers best-in-class, long-range wireless GNSS connections. It also delivers high-performance MCU processing in a low-power solution, enhancing battery life.

The LoRa module is the Move-X MAMWLE low-power radio module based on the STM32WL. The STM32WL is an Arm M4 32-bit RISC core, with an operating frequency of 48MHz. It has 128K Flash memory and 64K RAM.  The operating band for this module is 868 MHz and 915 MHz. Additionally, there is a LoRaWAN radio (Semtech SX1261/2) integrated into the chip.

Move-X has reports on the MAMWLE product page: “The Sub-GHz Radio is equipped with two high performance power amplifiers to transmit up to +22dBm. And the power can be programmed with a step of 1 DB within a range of 32 steps. A TCXO 32 MHz of high-quality guarantees great stability during transmission.”

General I/Os
Timers Pinout

Some of the peripherals on the MAMWLE include three I2C, two SPI, two USART, and singles of LPUART, JTAG and SWIDO, as well as others.

I2C, UART, SPI

Additionally, the u-blox MAX M10S is a standard precision GNSS with ultra-low power features <25 mW that functions with global availability, supporting BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS GPS/QZSS.

Key Features

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  •  Dimensions:
    • 63mm x 25mm
  • Processor:
    • Supports LoRa
      • (G)FSK
      • (G)MSK
      • BPSK
    • STM32WL core
      • Multiprotocol LPWAN 32-Bit Arm Cortex-M4 MCU
      • 128KB flash 48kb SRAM
    •  
  • Connectivity:
    • Move-X MAMWLE (STM32WLE5) Radio module
    • Semtech SX1261/2 LoRaWAN radio
    • u-blox MAX-M10S GNSS module
    •  
  • USB:
    • 1x MicroUSB type-B
  • I/O Peripherals:
    • 2-pin JST for Li-Po battery
    • 10-pin JTAG/SWD for ST-LINK
    • u.fl for LoRa antenna
    • u.fl for GNSS passive antenna
  • Other Features:
    • 1x user LED, 1x battery status LED
    • 1x Reset button, 1x user button
  • Power:
    • 3.3V operating voltage
    • 210 mA, charge voltage 4.2V Battery charger

Availability and Pricing

The Move-X Cicerone board is available for backorder at this time. Orders over 10 units are $74.99, and single units are $77.50. The Move-X Cicerone product page on Mouser can be found here

Move-X

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