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ST Microelectronics to Simplify Cellular-to-Cloud Connections Rolls Out New STM32 Discovery Packs

The new hardware from ST is ready to use, out of the box, and developers can quickly start running and customizing sample scripts on the JavaScript engine with no additional investment.

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STMicroelectronics has specially configured two STM32 Discovery Packs for faster connections of IoT devices to Cloud services over 2G/3G or LTE Cat M1/NB1 networks, which henceforth will bring freedom and flexibility for mass-market developers.

Each pack contains an STM32L496 Discovery board and STMod+ Cellular expansion board featuring a Quectel cellular modem. The software provided includes the Espruino embedded JavaScript engine ported to the STM32L496 ultra-low-power microcontroller and an expansion package — X-CUBE-CLD-GEN – compatible with the STM32Cube ecosystem.

The hardware is ready to use, out of the box, and developers can quickly start running and customizing sample scripts on the JavaScript engine with no additional investment. The X-CUBE-CLD-GEN expansion package, supported by STM32Cube software tools, libraries, middleware, and code examples, helps accelerate development of C code for optimum performance.

The kits come with access to a rich selection of Cloud services from leading partners, who offer users the opportunity to try any of the associated partner services for creating, testing, deploying and managing their devices and data, free of charge.

ST has established links with leading providers to address key IoT-device needs, including EMnify cellular IoT connectivity and programmable SIM management solution, Grovestreams Cloud data-analytics platform, Exosite cloud IoT connectivity and solution platform, AV System Anjay LwM2M SDK and AV System Coiote Cloud device management, Aimagin MatlabBlockset Solution with Thingspeak Cloud support, and the UbidotsIoT-application builder. The ST incard embedded SIM solution, based on ST33 secure microcontroller and built on STMod+ expansion board, contains an EMnify profile that provides data and SMS connectivity in 133 countries.

Amarisoft LTE software suite was instrumental for testing the LTE Pack while LTE Cat M1/NB1 networks are being deployed by telecom operators.

Of the two pack configurations, the P-L496G-CELL01 kit has a Quectel UG96 modem for connecting to current worldwide 2G/3G networks, while the P-L496G-CELL02 supports the emerging LTE Cat M1/NB1 (NB-IoT) standards, with 2G fallback by using the BG96 modem. More packs will be introduced later, to further extend coverage of mass-market demands.

ST will demonstrate these packs at Embedded World 2018, Nuremberg, 27 February – 1 March, Hall 4A, booth 138-238.

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