WiFi and Narrowband IoT: Arduino rounds off connectivity add-ons

May 13, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
At the opportunity of its birthday celebration, open physical computing platform company Arduino has launched two new wireless connectivity boards designed to help streamline Internet of Things (IoT) development. Likewise, the boards are targeting deployment in productive environments.

The first of the boards is the MKR WiFi 1010, which has been designed not only to speed up and simplify the prototyping of WiFi-based IoT applications, but also to be embedded in production IoT applications that require WiFi connectivity. The low-power board is an evolution of the existing Arduino MKR1000, but now comes equipped with an ESP32-based combined Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module from u-blox. Being a rather flexible device, the ESP-32 provides adjustable power output, enabling optimal trade-offs between communication range, data rate and power consumption.

Fully compatible with the Arduino IT cloud, the MKR1010 also offers simple migration from other Arduino boards, and uses open-source WiFi firmware, which makes it easy to reprogram for upgrading or to repair any security flaws. A significant feature is the MKR1010’s two standalone programmable processors – the first based on ARM processor core technology, the second based on a dual-core Espressif IC – making the board a high-performance solution that can distribute its workload across its dual-processor system. Another major feature is the integration of a secure authentication module – Microchip’s ECC508 – which uses crypto authentication to secure TLS network communications and connections.

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