The first production batch (100pcs) of the Flyport GPRS module has been successfully done. It was our first four layers PCB and the great thing is that the prototype was immediately working!Here’s a picture of the modules in the 30pcs array:
The Flyport GPRS has a different LDO than Flyport Wi-Fi and Ethernet due to the higher current needed from the Sagem transceiver. We decided to use the MCP1727 in the extrasmall DF8 package.
Nest carrier boards are compatible with this new module (just be sure your external power supply has enough current since during GPRS connection there are peaks over 1A)
Regarding the antenna: Flyport GPRS comes without it but with it sports a uFL connector onboard. On our store a low cost pcb antenna with uFL connector is available for your convenience.
Flyport GPRS has basically the same pinout of the others Flyport modules and onboard (bottom side) there’s the SIM card holder.
We are now working to finally embed the GPRS related features into the new version of the IDE (will be likely released by the end of February) and the API will handle:
- Voice calls
From next week on we’ll be starting to sell the product (end user price will be 49 Euros) to Beta customers that are contacting us by email. We’ll provide an offer and also a preliminary documentation and a Beta version of the new IDE. The discount for Beta users is 10%.
If you are interested to give a try with Flyport GPRS just send us an email
Posted by Claudio Carnevali, @akaclaudio