The board is laid out in the Adafruit Feather format, providing compatibility with dozens of add on boards (FeatherWings).
The specifications are super impressive:
ARM® Cortex M33, 1 MB Flash, 256 kB RAM
Nano SIM and Embedded SIM, LTE Cat-M1, LTE Cat-NB1 aka NB-IoT, Global coverage
And the board layout:
— USB (via FTDI UART Bridge)
— up to 18x General Purpose IO
— up to 6x 12-bit, 200 ksps ADC with EasyDMA
— up to 4x SPI master/slave with EasyDMA (can be mapped to any pin)
— up to 4x I2C master/slave with EasyDMA (can be mapped to any pin; 1 preconfigured for on-board I2C peripherals and default I2C pin headers)
— up to 4x UART (also with CTS/RTS) with EasyDMA (can be mapped to any pin; 1 preconfigured for on-board USB-UART Bridge)
— I2S (Inter-IC Sound Interface) with EasyDMADigital microphone interface (PDM) with EasyDMA (can be mapped to any pin)
— 4x pulse width modulator (PWM) unit with EasyDMA (can be mapped to any pin)
— Serial Wire Debug (SWD) on 6-pin TagConnect footprint on top side plus programming pads on bottom side
The board also has:
Low Power 3-axis accelerometer
General Purpose Button
Battery voltage reading, capable of very low power consumption
We provide Icarus with a free e-sim which has 10MB data to use for 3 months, so you can start testing your prototype immediately (only in supported countries).
Actinius states the board runs @ZephyrIoT OS by default.
The company also states that they are considering a version with a Microchip SAMD processor also onboard. That would open it up to Arduino. (Hint: making a version which was subordinate to say, an Adafruit Feather M4 Express, would allow CircuitPython and communicate, say over SPI, to the Icarus would be AWESOME).
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