Particle Boron: LTE + Bluetooth + Mesh

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The Boron LTE is a powerful LTE CAT-M1/NB1 enabled development kit that can act as either a standalone cellular device or LTE enabled gateway, repeater, or endpoint for a Particle Mesh networks.

Equipped with the Nordic nRF52840 and u-blox SARA 410 processors, the Boron has built-in battery charging circuitry which makes it easier to connect a Li-Po battery and 20 mixed signal GPIOs to interface with sensors, actuators, and other electronics.

The Boron is great for connecting existing projects to the Particle Device Cloud or as a gateway to connect an entire group of local endpoints where Wi-Fi is missing or unreliable.


SET UP YOUR BORON

Hardware specifications:

Main processor:

Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 SoC

  • ARM Cortex-M4F 32-bit processor @ 64MHz
  • 1MB flash, 256KB RAM
  • IEEE 802.15.4-2006: 250 Kbps
  • Bluetooth 5: 2 Mbps, 1 Mbps, 500 Kbps, 125 Kbps
  • 20 mixed signal GPIO (6 x Analog, 8 x PWM), UART, I2C, SPI
  • Supports DSP instructions, HW accelerated Floating Point Unit (FPU) calculations
  • ARM TrustZone CryptoCell-310 Cryptographic and security module
  • Up to +8 dBm TX power (down to -20 dBm in 4 dB steps)
  • NFC-A radio

Cellular network coprocessor:

u-blox SARA R410 LTE modem

  • LTE CAT M1/ NB1 module with global hardware support (MVNO support for US only)
  • 3GPP Release 13 LTE Cat M1

General specifications:

  • Up to +8 dBm TX power (down to -20 dBm in 4 dB steps)
  • NFC-A tag
  • On-board additional 4MB SPI flash
  • Micro USB 2.0 full speed (12 Mbps)
  • Integrated Li-Po charging and battery connector
  • JTAG (SWD) Connector
  • RGB status LED
  • Reset and Mode buttons
  • Dual SIM support: Nano 4FF (unpopulated) and MFF2
  • U.FL connector for external antenna
  • Meets the Feather specification in dimensions and pinout
  • FCC and PTCRB certified
  • RoHS compliant (lead-free)