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Microcontroller Boards
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LoRa

LoDev S76S

An STM32 LoRa® development platform that's software-compatible with Arm® Mbed™

$4,534 raised

of $4,500 goal

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Funding ended on Apr 25, 2019 at 04:59 PM PDT.

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Arm Mbed software compatible STM32 LoRa Development platform

LoDev by Ronoth is an open source LoRa® Development board featuring the S76S SiP (system-in-a-package) from AcSip. The S76S is a compact SiP featuring STM32L073 micro-controller, SX1276 LoRa® Radio, and RF matching components, all in a very compact 11x13 mm package that comes with an FCC modular certification. LoDev allows IoT (Internet of Things) engineers and hobbyists to develop their own sensors and devices with long-range connectivity.

Overview

LoRa® technology is one of the leading wireless technologies powering the emerging Internet of Things. It is used in tons of cool technologies such as automatic meter reading, smart parking, and even livestock tracking. It has the unique ability to send packets over fairly long distances using minimal power (We’re talking kilometers!). LoRa® technology is perfect for devices that are located far away and need to send small amounts of data.

LoRa® wireless technology is used in industries and use-cases including:

Who Needs It and Why

LoDev is perfect for hobbyist and professional engineers to develop their own sensors and devices. It allows rapid development of sensor applications by leveraging the rich Mbed developer community.

Hobbyist

LoDev is open-source and made by a hardware enthusiast for hardware enthusiasts. It is breadboard friendly and comes with a ton of software examples to get you started. It was built with the Mbed IDE and community in mind, but will work with any IDE supporting ARM Cortex.

Mbed IDE allows you to easily import the provided sample projects, compile them, make changes and share your projects all inside your browser. Some of the sample projects include:

Weather Sensors

LoRa® technology is widely applicable in agriculture and environmental monitoring. That’s why we’re offering a weather sensor pledge level. It includes a DHT11 temp and humidity sensor, soil moisture sensor, and light sensor with full source code available as an importable Mbed project to get started.

Mailbox Notifier

LoDev can be used to provide endless creative solutions to everyday problems. We built a mailbox sensor switch using a custom 3D printed part that attaches with magnets. This allows us to know when our mail has arrived in real time.

Engineers and Designers

LoDev is the platform of choice for engineers and hardware designers looking to move rapidly into the growing LoRa® ecosystem. LoDev along with the S76S SiP offer a best of breed solution in all key areas.

Check out the S76S comparison chart below for a good illustration of why the S76S is the best LoRa® solution for low TCO and fast GTM.

LoDev Comparison

LoDev is the only LoRaWAN™ compatible development board featuring the S76S SiP.

LoDev SX1272¹Adafruit LoRa® Feather
Mbed SupportYes Yes NoNo
Arduino SupportNo³ No³Yes Yes
MCUSTM32L073x Varies²ATSAMD21 M0ATSAMD21 M0
Radio PackageIntegrated SiP Arduino ShieldSeparate ModuleSeparate Module
Memory192 kB Varies²256 kB 256 kB
Speed48 MHz Varies²48 MHz 32 MHz
Breadboard FriendlyYes ~sucessNoYes No
Size21x52 mm 54x69 mm23x58 mm30x44 mm
Price⁴$32.50 $39.00$34.95$29.95
  1. SX1272 is a Arduino compatible shield, for price comparison sake, configurations includes NUCLEO-L073RZ development board.
  2. Dependent on what host board the SX1272 shield is on
  3. These boards are potentially supported with the Arduino_STM32 board support package, but no Arduino boot-loader is available. While possible, this is a non-trivial route.
  4. Pricing for 2 units (minimum for point to point communication)

S76S Comparison

At the heart of LoDev is the S76S SiP (System In a Package).

When you are looking to use that development board, it is important to consider the cost and time involved in taking a prototype to a custom product. The S76S is the smallest, most cost effective LoRa® SiP that is FCC Certified. It also comes in a friendly LGA package that is much easier to route than fine pitch BGAs, and requires no additional external components outside of decoupling capacitors.

S76S RFM95WRN2903SAMR34
ManufacturerAcSip HopeRFMicrochipMicrochipmuRata
FCC Modular CertifiedYes YesYes No Yes
FootprintLGA CastellatedCastellatedFine pitch BGA LGA
MCU TypeCortex M0 None8-bit PICCortex M0 Cortex M0
Memory192 kB None64 kBup to 256 kB 256 kB
Size11x13x1.1 mm 16x16x1.8 mm¹27x18x3.3 mm6x6x0.3 mm¹12.5x11.6x1.76 mm
External Components Req.None MCUNone RF Switch & FilteringNone
1k Price$6.50 $4.25²$10.96 $5.07²$11.85
  1. Additional space required for external components
  2. Cost does not include additional required components

Key Features

Specifications

Pinout

Shipping & Fulfillment

All orders will be delivered to backers using Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service. Delivery within the US is included in the listed price while delivery outside the US will incur the shipping surcharge listed for each pledge level. For more information, please see Crowd Supply’s guide on ordering, paying, and shipping.

Risks and Challenges

LoDev has been through several iterations of development and has been used in the field for many months. We’ve produced dozens of them and have made numerous design improvements to aid manufacturability.

Ronoth, LLC (Formerly Third Venture Inc) is the same team that brought you LoStik and has experience delivering products through Crowd Supply in the past.

There is risk when delivering thousands of units in a timely manner because of component availability and lead times. We already have conversations ongoing with suppliers and have already purchased some key components for an initial production run.

LoRa® and LoRaWAN™ are trademarks of Semtech Corporation or its subsidiaries. Arm® Mbed™ are trademarks of Arm Limited.

In the Press

Hackster News

"The module has a receiver sensitivity down to -146dBm, an adjustable signal strength of up to +20dBm, and a range of up to 15km in rural areas, and 5km in urban areas. "

Make

"Die Auslieferung soll im Mai beginnen. Bei erfolgreichen Kampagnen ist die Hardware auf Crowdsupply übrigens dauerhaft nachbestellbar."

MickMake

"This has an in-built SX1276 LoRa radio, so it makes the whole package really small."

Produced by Ronoth, LLC in Portland, Oregon.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.

LoDev S76S Basic

One LoDev board with headers and 2 dBi stub antenna. Bring your own programmer.

$35 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

LoDev S76S Starter

One LoDev board with headers and 2 dBi stub antenna and ST-Link V2 programmer.

$42 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

LoDev Duo Basic

Two LoDev boards with headers and 2 dBi stub antenna. Bring your own programmer.

$65 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

LoDev Duo Starter

Two LoDev boards with headers and 2 dBi stub antenna and ST-Link V2 programmer.

$72 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

LoDev Classroom

Ten LoDev boards with headers and 2 dBi stub antennas

$310 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

LoDev Pro - Weather Station

Two LoDev boards with headers and 2 dBi antenna, ST-Link V2 programmer, DHT11 temp and humidity sensor, light sensor and soil moisture sensor. Everything needed to build your own environment project along with the demo code.

$89 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

S76S Tester

Three S76S LoRa SiP chips to build design own sensor application.

$27 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

S76S Developer

Ten S76S LoRa SiP chips to build design own sensor application and build prototypes with.

$80 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

5 dBi Antenna

The included antenna is nice and compact, but could offer better gain. This is a 5 dBi wide-band dipole about 17 cm (7 inches) long compared to the 5 cm (2 inch) standard 2 dBi antenna.

$6 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

ST-Link Programmer

ST-Link Programmer & Emulator / Debugging dongle for STM micro-controllers.

$9 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

About the Team

Ronoth, LLC

Portland, Oregon  ·  ronoth.com

We are a handful of crazy tech entrepreneurs who have a passion for open-source hardware and software. We've worked together for close to 10 years now and have probably had more than three ventures, but we're only counting the best ones. We're always fascinated with the uncountable ways the internet has changed and connected the world around us and continuously look toward new ways we can be a small part of this generations most exciting advancement.

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