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Particle’s Next Generation Hardware @particle – Compatible with @adafruit Feather

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Introducing Particle’s Next Generation Hardware, Powered by Particle Mesh (blog post). And here is the press release, congrats Particle on the line up and of course Feather compatibility!

Particle Mesh Launches to Expand Real IoT Everywhere

Mesh IoT Developer Kits Enable Low-cost Scalable Networks so Your Devices Can Make Smarter Decisions

SAN FRANCISCO — February 13, 2018 — Particle, the most widely used Internet of Things (IoT) platform, today announced Particle Mesh, its next generation hardware unlocking developer access to mesh networking technology. With Particle Mesh, networks can cover more ground and capture more data with higher reliability at a reduced cost – ultimately making IoT solutions more intelligent. This marks an important advance to help developers revolutionize industries from manufacturing and logistics to smart home devices, delivering on real IoT.

Particle Mesh is uniquely built to solve the IoT issues many companies run into while building connected products. Historically, IoT devices connect directly to the cloud through cellular or Wi-Fi communication and depend on the cloud to relay messages between devices. This approach is not optimal for all use cases as it requires all devices to be Wi-Fi or LTE connected, which can create added cost, power demands and downtime. Particle Mesh enables developers to create local networks with low-cost, low-power devices that communicate with one another, then back to a single Wi-Fi or LTE connected gateway to the cloud. This also instills redundancy so if one endpoint fails the network automatically self-heals to the nearest device with no downtime or lost data.

Particle Mesh features a new family of mesh-ready devices with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, fully integrated with the Particle Device Cloud:   

Particle Mesh Product Overview-1

  • The Argon is a powerful Wi-Fi and mesh-enabled, battery-powered device that works for stand alone IoT products and acts as a gateway for mesh nodes in IoT solutions – $15 pre-order / $19 retail
  • The Boron is a global LTE/2G/3G and mesh-enabled, battery-powered device that works for stand alone IoT products and acts as a gateway for mesh nodes in IoT solutions – $29 pre-order / $39 retail
  • The Xenon is a low-cost, mesh-only endpoint device that creates a local network when connected with an Argon or Boron – $9 pre-order / $12 retail

“In the six years we’ve been supporting IoT creators, we’re honored to have helped more than 150,000 creators bring their products online–and learned a lot about the toughest problems that innovators encounter,” said Zach Supalla, Particle co-founder and CEO. “We built Particle Mesh to address a gap in the market: building local networks to connect IoT products to each other without being a networking guru. We’re excited to see what problems our customers solve with this new technology.”

Particle is also continuing investment in open source standards alongside leading IoT partners in both hardware and software. Particle Mesh capabilities are built on the industry-leading mesh networking technology OpenThread by Alphabet’s Nest Labs. The new portfolio of hardware is built to comply with Adafruit’s Feather form factor, providing compatibility with 50+ FeatherWing hardware accessories. Particle Mesh development kits are completely open-sourced giving developers access to board layout and schematics.

“Thread was created to support developers in building connected products with a networking protocol that activates the internet in IoT,” said Grant Erickson, President of Thread Group. “Built on Thread, Particle Mesh enables a welcomed expansion beyond the connected home to industrial use cases that will drive the next wave of growth of IoT.”

Finally, starting today Particle connectivity plans are now triple the data for the same price. For $2.99 per month, developers receive 3MB of data (LTE M1/NB1 and GSM) which includes access to the Particle Device Cloud.

For more information on Particle or Particle Mesh, please visit: www.Particle.com/Mesh

About Particle
Particle helps connect anything to the internet. The company provides a scalable, reliable and secure Internet of Things platform that enables any enterprise or developer to easily build, connect and manage any device and unlock the power of the IoT. More than 8,500 customers, 140,000 developers and half the Fortune 500 have deployed the company’s hardware and software offerings, with customers ranging from global energy provider Engie and design studio Ideo to indoor crops provider Grow Labs and coffee pioneer Keurig. To learn more, visit Particle.io.

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2 Comments

  1. Patrick Grindstaff

    Would you be able to comment on the Xenon’s ability (or inability) to be used under either the Arduino or Nordic development environment? I assume it should be possible but the currently available information only mentions the Particle dev environment. It seems this board is positioned to be an upgrade to the Feather nRF52 but obviously its very early so I’m sure Adafruit or Particle may not want to share everything just yet so I understand if these details cannot be released at this time.

    Thanks

  2. They explicitly expose JTAG, and the esp32 in the current design is mostly a wifi copro as I understand it (originally was going to be an esp8285).

    Traditionally they’ve used a dfu capable bootloader as well, and provided instructions and some tools to run your own limited (by the example implementation only) particle cloud.

    Short answer: given their history and the current boards I expect programming the Nordic chip should be simple. You should probably go ask them on the particle.io forums about the esp32, though I imagine it’s hooked up so that, at the very least, the Nordic can program it for firmware upgrades.


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