Actinius Cellular IoT Prototyping Platform Compatible with Adafruit FeatherWing

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

November 13, 2019


Actinius Cellular IoT Prototyping Platform Compatible with Adafruit FeatherWing

The Icarus IoT board helps developers get cellular IoT prototypes and demos up and running quickly

Actinius, is now shipping a "plug & play" development board and firmware with Adafruit FeatherWing compatibility.

The 50.8 x 22.8mm Actinius Icarus IoT Board retails for around $100 and employs a Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP); a 64MHz Arm Cortex-M33 processor supported by 1MB of Flash and 256KB of RAM memory; support for both Nano SIM and embedded SIM (eSIM) technology; Arm Trustzone and Ar, Cryptocell 310 security; and an over-the-air-update (OTAU) platform developed by Actinius that is said to support "always secure and up-to-date firmware."

In addition, a range of sensor and peripheral interfaces include an Adafruit FeatherWing-compatible form factor and pinout to give users access to a range of add-on development options.

The Icarus IoT Board also ships with firmware that users can customize themselves or employ Actinius for customized "firmware-as-a-service." It also includes a solar panel connection that could enable solar energy to supply most of the power (depending on application and duty cycle), and thereby allow the use of very small batteries.

Actinius says the two most used application classes it is working on right now are asset tracking and environmental data sensing (temperature, CO2, pressure, humidity).

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