Electron Datasheet

The Electron has been deprecated. See the Supply Secure FAQ for more information.

Functional description


Note: The Electron U260 and U270 have been deprecated and are no longer available for sale. New designs should use the B-Series SoM or Boron. For a pin-compatible replacement for the G350, U260, and U270, the Electron ELC314 is available in tray quantities only.

The Electron is a tiny development kit for creating cellular-connected electronics projects and products. It comes with a SIM card (Nano 4FF)[1] and an affordable data plan for low-bandwidth things. Plus it's available for more than 100 countries worldwide!

It also comes with Particle's development tools and cloud platform for managing and interacting with your new connected hardware.


  • U-blox SARA-U201/U260/U270 (3G with 2G fallback), G350 (2G), or R410M (LTE Cat M1) cellular module
  • STM32F205RGT6 120MHz ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller
  • 1MB flash, 128KB RAM
  • BQ24195 power management unit and battery charger
  • MAX17043 fuel gauge
  • RGB status LED
  • 30 mixed-signal GPIO and advanced peripherals
  • Open source design
  • Real-time operation system (RTOS)
  • FCC (United States), CE (European Union), and ISED (Canada) certified

[1]The LTE model uses a MFF2 SMD Particle SIM instead of a physical SIM card. The Electron LTE is only available to existing enterprise customers who have deployed an Electron 2G/3G solution and would like to upgrade to LTE. It is only available in tray quantities. New designs should use the Boron LTE or B-Series B404 SoM. It can only be used in the United States, Canada, and Mexico at this time.

Device OS support

It is recommended that you use the latest version in the 2.x LTS release line with the all Electrons.

While the devices are compatible with older versions of Device OS and 3.x, these versions as past the end-of-support date and are not recommended for use in production. Only 2.x LTS remains in the Extended Support and Maintenance (ESM) window.

For information on upgrading Device OS, see Version information. For the latest version shipped from the factory, see Manufacturing firmware versions page. See also Long Term Support (LTS) releases.


Block diagram


The Electron can be powered via the VIN (3.9V-12VDC) pin, the USB Micro B connector or a LiPo battery.


Most USB ports can supply only a maximum of 500mA, but the u-Blox GSM module on the Electron alone can consume a peak of 800mA to 1800mA (2G/3G) or 490 mA (LTE) of current during transmission. In order to compensate of this deficit, one must connect the LiPo battery at all times when powering from a traditional USB port for 2G/3G. The Electron will intelligently source power from the USB most of the time and keep the battery charged. During peak current requirements, the additional power will be sourced from the battery. This reduces the charge-discharge cycle load on the battery, thus improving its longevity.


The input voltage range on VIN pin is 3.9VDC to 12VDC. When powering from the VIN pin alone, make sure that the power supply is rated at 10W (for example 5VDC at 2Amp). If the power source is unable to meet this requirement, you'll need connect the LiPo battery as well. An additional bulk capacitance of 470uF to 1000uF should be added to the VIN input when the LiPo Battery is disconnected. The amount of capacitance required will depend on the ability of the power supply to deliver peak currents to the cellular modem.

The Electron LTE (ELC404 & ELC402, LTE Cat 1) can be powered with as little as 550 mA at 5V.

LiPo Battery

When powered from a LiPo battery alone, the power management IC switches off the internal regulator and supplies power to the system directly from the battery. This reduces the conduction losses and maximizes battery run time. The battery provided with the Electron is a Lithium-Ion Polymer battery rated at 3.7VDC 1,800mAh. You can substitute this battery with another 3.7V LiPo with higher current rating. Remember to never exceed this voltage rating and always pay attention to the polarity of the connector.

Typical current consumption is around 180mA and up to 1.8A transients at 5VDC. In deep sleep mode, the quiescent current is 130uA (powered from the battery alone).


This pin is internally tied to the positive terminal of the LiPo battery connector. It is intentionally left unpopulated. Please note that an incorrect usage of this pin can render the Electron unusable.

Li+ pin serves two purposes. You can use this pin to connect a LiPo battery directly without having to use a JST connector or it can be used to connect an external DC power source (and this is where one needs to take extra precautions). When powering it from an external regulated DC source, the recommended input voltage range on this pin is between 3.6V to 4.4VDC. Make sure that the supply can handle currents of at least 2 Amps.

This is the most efficient way of powering the Electron since the PMIC by-passes the regulator and supplies power to the Electron via an internal FET leading to lower quiescent current.


This pin is internally connected to USB supply rail and will output 5V when the Electron is plugged into an USB port. It is intentionally left unpopulated. This pin will NOT output any voltage when the Electron is powered via VIN and/or the LiPo battery.

3V3 Pin

This pin is the output of the on-board 3.3V switching regulator that powers the microcontroller and the peripherals. This pin can be used as a 3.3V power source with a max load of 800mA. 3.3V will also be available on that pin while the device being in deep sleep. Unlike the Photon or the Core, this pin CANNOT be used as an input to power the Electron.


Supply to the internal RTC, backup registers and SRAM when 3V3 is not present (1.65 to 3.6VDC). The Pin is internally connected to 3V3 supply via a 0 ohm resistor. If you wish to power VBAT via an external supply, you'll need to remove this resistor with a desoldering iron. Contact us if you wish to request trays of electrons with this jumper depopulated.

Powering the Electron without a battery

The most forgiving way to power the Electron without a battery is via the VIN input see VIN above. Power may also be applied separately to the Li+ pin or LiPo JST connector see Li+ above.

FCC approved antennas

Antenna Type Manufacturer MFG. Part # Gain
2G/3G PCB antenna Taoglas PC104.07.0165C 1dBi ~ 2.39dBi
LTE flex antenna Taoglas FXUB63.07.0150C 5.00dBi peak

Peripherals and GPIO

Peripheral Type Qty Input(I) / Output(O) FT[1] / 3V3[2]
Digital 30 I/O FT/3V3
Analog (ADC) 12 I 3V3
Analog (DAC) 2 O 3V3
UART 3 I/O 3V3
SPI 2 I/O 3V3
I2S 1 I/O 3V3
I2C 1 I/O FT
CAN 2 I/O 3V3[4]
USB 1 I/O 3V3
PWM 133 O 3V3

Notes: [1] FT = 5.0V tolerant pins. All pins except A3 and DAC are 5V tolerant (when not in analog mode). If used as a 5V input the pull-up/pull-down resistor must be disabled.

[2] 3V3 = 3.3V max pins.

[3] PWM is available on D0, D1, D2, D3, B0, B1, B2, B3, A4, A5, WKP, RX, TX with a caveat: PWM timer peripheral is duplicated on two pins (A5/D2) and (A4/D3) for 11 total independent PWM outputs. For example: PWM may be used on A5 while D2 is used as a GPIO, or D2 as a PWM while A5 is used as an analog input. However A5 and D2 cannot be used as independently controlled PWM outputs at the same time.

[4] Technically these pins are 5.0V tolerant, but since you wouldn't operate them with a 5.0V transceiver it's proper to classify them as 3.3V.


Pin D3 through D7 are JTAG interface pins. These can be used to reprogram your Electron bootloader or user firmware image with standard JTAG tools such as the ST-Link v2, J-Link, R-Link, OLIMEX ARM-USB-TINI-H, and also the FTDI-based Particle JTAG Programmer. If you are short on available pins, you may also use SWD mode which requires less connections.

Electron Pin JTAG SWD STM32F205RGT6 Pin Default Internal[1]
D7 JTAG_TMS SWD/SWDIO PA13 ~40k pull-up
D6 JTAG_TCK CLK/SWCLK PA14 ~40k pull-down
D5 JTAG_TDI PA15 ~40k pull-up
D4 JTAG_TDO PB3 Floating
D3 JTAG_TRST PB4 ~40k pull-up
3V3 Power
GND Ground
RST Reset

Notes: [1] Default state after reset for a short period of time before these pins are restored to GPIO (if JTAG debugging is not required, i.e. USE_SWD_JTAG=y is not specified on the command line.)

Memory map

STM32F205RGT6 Flash layout overview

  • Bootloader (16 KB)
  • DCD1 (16 KB), stores keys, mfg info, system flags, etc..
  • DCD2 (16 KB), swap area for DCD1
  • EEPROM emulation bank 1 (16 KB)
  • EEPROM emulation bank 2 (64 KB)
  • Device OS (512 KB) [256 KB comms + 256 KB hal/platform/services]
  • Factory backup, OTA backup and user application (384 KB) [3 x 128 KB]

DCD Layout

The DCD area of flash memory has been mapped to a separate DFU media device so that we can incrementally update the application data. This allows one item (say, server public key) to be updated without erasing the other items.

DCD layout in release/stable found here in firmware.

Region Offset Size
system flags 0 32
version 32 2
device private key 34 1216
device public key 1250 384
ip config 1634 120
feature flags 1754 4
country code 1758 4
claim code 1762 63
claimed 1825 1
ssid prefix 1826 26
device code 1852 6
version string 1858 32
dns resolve 1890 128
reserved1 2018 64
server public key 2082 768
padding 2850 2
flash modules 2852 100
product store 2952 24
antenna selection 2976 1
cloud transport 2977 1
alt device public key 2978 128
alt device private key 3106 192
alt server public key 3298 192
alt server address 3490 128
device id 3618 12
radio flags 3630 1
mode button mirror 3631 32
led mirror 3663 96
led theme 3759 64
reserved2 3823 435

Memory map (common)

Region Start Address End Address Size
Bootloader 0x8000000 0x8004000 16 KB
DCD1 0x8004000 0x8008000 16 KB
DCD2 0x8008000 0x800C000 16 KB
EEPROM1 0x800C000 0x8010000 16 KB
EEPROM2 0x8010000 0x8020000 64 KB

Memory map (modular firmware - default)

Before 0.6.0 firmware

Region Start Address End Address Size
System Part 1 0x8020000 0x8040000 128 KB
System Part 2 0x8040000 0x8060000 128 KB
Application 0x8080000 0x80A0000 128 KB
Factory Reset/Extended Application 0x80A0000 0x80C0000 128 KB
OTA Backup 0x80C0000 0x80E0000 128 KB
Decompress region 0x80E0000 0x8100000 128 KB

Since 0.6.0 firmware

Region Start Address End Address Size
System Part 2 0x8020000 0x8040000 128 KB
System Part 3 0x8040000 0x8060000 128 KB
System Part 1 0x8060000 0x8080000 128 KB
Application 0x8080000 0x80A0000 128 KB
Factory Reset/Extended Application 0x80A0000 0x80C0000 128 KB
OTA Backup 0x80C0000 0x80E0000 128 KB
Decompress region 0x80E0000 0x8100000 128 KB

Memory map (monolithic firmware - optional)

Region Start Address End Address Size
Firmware 0x8020000 0x8080000 384 KB
Factory Reset 0x8080000 0x80E0000 384 KB
Unused (factory reset modular) 0x80E0000 0x8100000 128 KB

Pin and button definition

Pin markings:

Pin description

Pin Description
VIN This pin can be used as an input or output. As an input, supply 5VDC to 12VDC to power the Electron. When the Electron is powered via the USB port, this pin will output a voltage of approximately 4.8VDC due to a reverse polarity protection series Schottky diode between VUSB and VIN. When used as an output, the max load on VIN is 1Amp.
RST Active-low reset input. On-board circuitry contains a 10k ohm pull-up resistor between RST and 3V3, and 0.1uF capacitor between RST and GND.
VBAT Supply to the internal RTC, backup registers and SRAM when 3V3 is not present (1.65 to 3.6VDC). The Pin is internally connected to 3V3 supply via a 0 ohm resistor. If you wish to power VBAT via an external supply, you'll need to remove this resistor with a desoldering iron. Contact us if you wish to request trays of electrons with this jumper depopulated.
3V3 This pin is the output of the on-board regulator. When powering the Electron via VIN or the USB port, this pin will output a voltage of 3.3VDC. The max load on 3V3 is 800mA. It should not be used as an input to power the Electron.
WKP Active-high wakeup pin, wakes the module from sleep/standby modes. When not used as a WAKEUP, this pin can also be used as a digital GPIO, ADC input or PWM[1]. Can be referred to as A7 when used as an ADC.
DAC 12-bit Digital-to-Analog (D/A) output (0-4095), referred to as DAC or DAC1 in software. Can also be used as a digital GPIO or ADC. Can be referred to as A6 when used as an ADC.
RX Primarily used as UART RX, but can also be used as a digital GPIO or PWM[1].
TX Primarily used as UART TX, but can also be used as a digital GPIO or PWM[1].
D0-D7 Digital only GPIO. D0, D1, D2, D3 can also be used as PWM[1] outputs.
A0-A7 12-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) inputs (0-4095), and also digital GPIOs. A6 and A7 are code convenience mappings, which means pins are not actually labeled as such but you may use code like analogRead(A7). A6 maps to the DAC pin and A7 maps to the WKP pin. A3 is also a second DAC output used as DAC2 or A3 in software. A4 and A5 can also be used as PWM[1] outputs.
B0-B5 B0 and B1 are digital only while B2, B3, B4, B5 are 12-bit A/D inputs as well as digital GPIOs. B0, B1, B2, B3 can also be used as PWM[1] outputs.
C0-C5 Digital only GPIO. C4 and C5 can also be used as PWM[1] outputs.
VUSB This pin is internally connected to USB supply and will output 5V when the Electron is plugged into an USB port. It is intentionally left unpopulated.
Li+ This pin is internally connected to the positive terminal of the LiPo battery. It is intentionally left unpopulated.


[1] PWM is available on D0, D1, D2, D3, B0, B1, B2, B3, A4, A5, WKP, RX, TX with a caveat: PWM timer peripheral is duplicated on two pins (A5/D2) and (A4/D3) for 11 total independent PWM outputs. For example: PWM may be used on A5 while D2 is used as a GPIO, or D2 as a PWM while A5 is used as an analog input. However A5 and D2 cannot be used as independently controlled PWM outputs at the same time.

LED Status

Charge status LED

State Description
ON Charging in progress
OFF Charging complete
Blink at 1Hz Fault condition[1]
Rapid blinking Battery disconnected[2]


[1] A fault condition can occur due to several reasons, for example, battery over/under voltage, temperature fault or safety timer fault. You can find the root cause by reading the fault register of the power management IC in firmware.

[2] You can stop this behavior by either plugging in the LiPo battery or by disabling charging using firmware command: PMIC().disableCharging();.

System RGB LED

For a detailed explanation of different color codes of the RGB system LED, please take a look here.

Pinout diagram

You can download a high resolution pinout diagram in a PDF version here.

Technical specifications

Absolute maximum ratings [1]

Parameter Symbol Min Typ Max Unit
Supply Input Voltage VIN-MAX +17 V
Supply Output Current IIN-MAX-L 1 A
Battery Input Voltage VLiPo +6 V
Supply Output Current I3V3-MAX-L 800 mA
Storage Temperature Tstg -30 +75 °C
ESD Susceptibility HBM (Human Body Mode) VESD 2 kV

[1] Stresses beyond those listed under absolute maximum ratings may cause permanent damage to the device. These are stress ratings only, and functional operation of the device at these or any other conditions beyond those indicated under recommended operating conditions is not implied. Exposure to absolute-maximum-rated conditions for extended periods may affect device reliability.

Parameter Symbol Min Typ Max Unit
Supply Input Voltage VVIN +3.88[1] +12 V
Supply Output Voltage VVIN +4.8 V
Supply Output Voltage V3V3 +3.3 V
LiPo Battery Voltage VLiPo +3.6 +4.4 V
Supply Input Voltage VVBAT +1.65 +3.6 V
Supply Input Current (VBAT) IVBAT 19 uA
Operating Current (uC on, Cellular ON) IVIN avg 180 250 mA
2G/3G Peak Current (uC on, Cellular ON) IIN pk 800[2] 1800[3] mA
LTE Peak Current (uC on, Cellular ON) IIN pk 550 mA
Operating Current (uC on, Cellular OFF) IVIN avg 47 50 mA
Sleep Current (4.2V LiPo, Cellular OFF) IQs 0.8 2 mA
Deep Sleep Current (4.2V LiPo, Cellular OFF) IQds 110 130 uA
Operating Temperature Top -20 +60 °C
Humidity Range Non condensing, relative humidity 95 %


[1] The minimum input voltage is software defined with a user selectable range of 3.88V to 5.08V in 80mV increments. Out of the box, the minimum input voltage is set to 4.36V in order for the LiPo battery to be able to properly charge.

[2] 3G operation

[3] 2G operation

Power consumption

Parameter Symbol Min Typ Peak Unit
Operating Current (uC on, peripherals and radio disabled) Iidle 29.5 33.3 34.6 mA
Operating Current (uC on, cellular on but not connected) Icell_idle 26.8 42.6 786 mA
Operating Current (uC on, cellular connecting to tower) Icell_conn_twr 59.7 103 592 mA
Operating Current (uC on, cellular connecting to cloud) Icell_conn_cloud 54.0 106 897 mA
Operating Current (uC on, cellular connected but idle) Icell_cloud_idle 30.8 37.0 114 mA
Operating Current (uC on, cellular connected and transmitting) Icell_cloud_tx 49.9 114 914 mA
STOP mode sleep, GPIO wake-up Istop_gpio 1.72 2.40 3.14 mA
STOP mode sleep, analog wake-up Istop_analog 5.48 6.03 6.69 mA
STOP mode sleep, RTC wake-up Istop_intrtc 1.92 2.53 3.12 mA
STOP mode sleep, serial wake-up Istop_usart 12.5 13.1 13.9 mA
STOP mode sleep, cellular wake-up Istop_cell 23.8 28.1 93.0 mA
ULP mode sleep, GPIO wake-up Iulp_gpio 1.91 2.42 2.99 mA
ULP mode sleep, RTC wake-up Iulp_intrtc 1.94 2.55 3.21 mA
HIBERNATE mode sleep, GPIO wake-up Ihib_gpio 108 114 121 uA
HIBERNATE mode sleep, RTC wake-up Ihib_rtc 108 114 120 uA

1The min, and particularly peak, values may consist of very short transients. The typical (typ) values are the best indicator of overall power consumption over time. The peak values indicate the absolute minimum capacity of the power supply necessary, not overall consumption.

Radio specifications

The Electron is available in different versions: A 2G version based on u-blox G350 cellular module, two 3G versions based on U260 and U270 modules, and a LTE Cat M1 model (R410M-02B-00 or R410M-02B-03).

Some countries have already stopped supporting 2G, including Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. The cellular carrier used by the Electron no longer supports 2G in New Zealand and Switzerland. The G350 cannot be used in these countries.

The difference between the 3G versions is their operating frequency band which differs based on the country. All of these cellular modules are GSM only and do not support CDMA networks. Both 3G models can fall back to using 2G in areas that support 2G and not 3G.

Note that LTE is LTE Cat M1, not the standard LTE (LTE Cat 1) used by your mobile phone. It is a low-power and low-data-rate variation of LTE for use with IoT devices.

Electron 3G Module Compatible Countries
U201 Global
U260 United States, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
U270 Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malaysia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Republic of Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia
R410M United States, Canada, Mexico

Please be sure to order a board that works in the country where you want to deploy your project.

2G cellular characteristics for G350, U201, U260, and U270 modules:

Parameter SARA-U201 SARA-U260 SARA-U270 SARA-G350
Protocol stack 3GPP Release 7 GPP Release 7 3GPP Release 7 3GPP Release 99
MS Class Class B Class B Class B Class B
GSM 850 MHz Band  
E-GSM 900 MHz Band  
DSC 1800 MHz Band  
PCS 1900 MHz Band  
Power Class 850/900 Class 4 (33 dBm) Class 4 (33 dBm) Class 4 (33 dBm) Class 4 (33 dBm)
Power Class 1800/1900 Class 1 (30 dBm) Class 1 (30 dBm) Class 1 (30 dBm) Class 1 (30 dBm)

3G cellular characteristics for U201, U260, and U270 modules:

Parameter SARA-U201 SARA-U260 SARA-U270
Protocol stack 3GPP Release 7 3GPP Release 7 3GPP Release 7
UE Class Class A Class A Class A
Band 5 (850 MHz)  
Band 8 (900 MHz)  
Band 1 (2100 MHz)  
Band 2 (1900 MHz)  
Power Class Class 3 (24 dBm) Class 3 (24 dBm) Class 3 (24 dBm)

u-blox SARA-R410M-02B-00 or R410M-02B-03

Parameter Value
Protocol stack 3GPP Release 13
RAT LTE Cat M1 Half-Duplex
LTE FDD Bands Band 12 (700 MHz)
Band 28 (700 MHz)
Band 13 (750 MHz)
Band 20 (800 MHz)
Band 5 (850 MHz)
Band 8 (900 MHz)
Band 4 (1700 MHz)
Band 3 (1800 MHz)
Band 2 (1900 MHz)
Power class Class 3 (23 dBm)

I/O characteristics

These specifications are based on the STM32F205RGT6 datasheet, with reference to Electron pin nomenclature.

Parameter Symbol Conditions Min Typ Max Unit
Standard I/O input low level voltage VIL -0.3 0.28*(V3V3-2)+0.8 V
I/O FT[1] input low level voltage VIL -0.3 0.32*(V3V3-2)+0.75 V
Standard I/O input high level voltage VIH 0.41*(V3V3-2)+1.3 V3V3+0.3 V
I/O FT[1] input high level voltage VIH V3V3 > 2V 0.42*(V3V3-2)+1 5.5 V
VIH V3V3 ≤ 2V 0.42*(V3V3-2)+1 5.2 V
Standard I/O Schmitt trigger voltage hysteresis[2] Vhys 200 mV
I/O FT Schmitt trigger voltage hysteresis[2] Vhys 5% V3V3[3] mV
Input leakage current[4] Ilkg GND ≤ Vio ≤ V3V3 GPIOs ±1 µA
Input leakage current[4] Ilkg RPU Vio = 5V, I/O FT 3 µA
Weak pull-up equivalent resistor[5] RPU Vio = GND 30 40 50 k Ω
Weak pull-down equivalent resistor[5] RPD Vio = V3V3 30 40 50 k Ω
I/O pin capacitance CIO 5 pF
DAC output voltage (buffers enabled by default) VDAC 0.2 V3V3-0.2 V
DAC output resistive load (buffers enabled by default) RDAC 5 k Ω
DAC output capacitive load (buffers enabled by default) CDAC 50 pF


[1] FT = Five-volt tolerant. In order to sustain a voltage higher than V3V3+0.3 the internal pull-up/pull-down resistors must be disabled.

[2] Hysteresis voltage between Schmitt trigger switching levels. Based on characterization, not tested in production.

[3] With a minimum of 100mV.

[4] Leakage could be higher than max. if negative current is injected on adjacent pins.

[5] Pull-up and pull-down resistors are designed with a true resistance in series with switchable PMOS/NMOS. This PMOS/NMOS contribution to the series resistance is minimum (~10% order).

Mechanical specifications

Dimensions and weight

  • Width = 0.8"
  • Height = 0.65"
  • Length = 2.05"
  • Weight = 10 grams

Mating connectors

The Electron can be mounted with (qty 2) 18-pin single row 0.1" female headers. Typically these are 0.335" (8.5mm) tall, but you may pick a taller one if desired. When you search for parts like these it can be difficult to navigate the thousands of parts available online so here are a few good choices for the Electron:

Description MFG MFG Part Number Distributor
18-pin 0.1" (2.54mm) Female Header (Tin) Sullins Connector Solutions PPTC181LFBN-RC DigiKey
18-pin 0.1" (2.54mm) Female Header (Tin) 3M 929974-01-18-RK DigiKey
18-pin 0.1" (2.54mm) Female Header (Tin) Harwin M20-7821846 Mouser

You may also use other types, such as reverse mounted (bottom side SMT) female headers, low profile types, etc..

The Electron can be mounted with 0.1" 18-pin female header receptacles using the following PCB land pattern:

Electron Landing Pattern

An Electron part for EAGLE can be found in the Particle EAGLE library


All of the Electron hardware design files are open source and available under a Creative Commons Public License. The schematic and PCB designs were made using EAGLE CAD. You can access these files here.

Note: Clone or Download the complete repository as a ZIP file to avoid corrupted data in Eagle files.



The USB data lines are terminated with 22 Ohm resistors. These data pins are also exposed via small through holes next to the USB connector and are labeled D+ and D-. The VBUS (+5VDC VCC of the USB port) is fed to the PMIC via a 3Amp Schottky diode (SS3P3). The VBUS pin is also available via the unpopulated header hole on the top-right side of the Electron.

PMIC (Power Management integrated circuit)


The Electron uses TI's BQ24195 as the power management and charging unit. This PMIC intelligently sources power from either the VIN pin, the USB port and/or the LiPo battery. When all the power sources as connected, the unit tries to source power from the USB or VIN as default and continues to charge the LiPo battery. When the battery is completely charged, the power is then sourced from USB/VIN alone. If there is a power deficit (which generally occurs during cellular radio transmission), the additional power is then sourced from the battery as required. The unit can also seamlessly switch back to the battery when other sources of power are suddenly removed.

The DP data pin of the USB is used by the PMIC to detect the presence of a USB power source. It then adjusts the charge current and the limit based on the type of USB power source it detects. This does not always happen successfully since there are a lot of USB hubs and chargers out there that do not meet the USB design guidelines. If the detection is unsuccessful, the PMIC defaults to a 500mA current limit. A user can always adjust these parameters via software.

The microcontroller communicates with the PMIC via an I2C interface (pins PC9 and PA8). This interface allows the microcontroller to read the status of the PMIC and set its various parameters.



The Electron uses ST Microelectronics's STM32F205RGT6 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller running at 120MHz.

U-blox cellular module


The u-blox cellular module talks to the microcontroller over a full-duplex USART interface using a standard set of AT commands. The SIM (Nano 4FF) card is directly connected to the u-blox. The power to the SIM card is also provided by the cellular module.



Since u-blox module's communication interface operates at 1.8VDC, while the STM32F205RGT6 microcontroller operates at 3.3VDC, we need voltage translators in-between them. This is achieved with two SN74AVC4T245 non-inverting buffers. The default state of the USART pins is set with the help of pull-up and pull-down resistors, and the unused input pins are tied to GND.

3.3V Regulator and fuel gauge

Regulator and Fuel Gauge

The output (3.8V net) of the PMIC is fed directly to the u-blox cellular module and a 3.3VDC high efficiency switching regulator (TPS62290). This 3.3VDC regulator helps power the microcontroller, fuel gauge and the buffers.

The Electron employs a MAX17043 fuel gauge to monitor the LiPo battery voltage and it's state of charge. The microcontroller communicates with it over an I2C interface (same channel as the PMIC).


The Electron uses a four layer circuit board. Top layer consists of a signal layer followed by ground (GND), 3.3V power (3V3), and bottom signal.

All Layers

Bill of materials

QTY Device Value Package Designator Manufacturer MFG. Part #
14 CAPACITOR 0.1uF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C14, C17, C18, C19, C2, C20, C21, C22, C29, C30, C31, C6, C8, C9 Fenghua 0402B104K160NT
2 CAPACITOR 10nF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C1,C38 Fenghua 0402B103K500NT
5 CAPACITOR 10uF, 6.3V, 10% 0603 C23, C24, C27, C40, C41 Yageo CC0603KRX5R5BB106
2 CAPACITOR 12pF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C33, C34 Fenghua 0402CG120J500NT
1 CAPACITOR 15pF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C16 Fenghua 0402CG150J500NT
2 CAPACITOR 1uF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C37, C39 Fenghua 0402X105K6R3NT
1 CAPACITOR 1uF, 25V, 10% 0603 C4 Yageo CC0603KRX5R8BB105
2 CAPACITOR 2.2uF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C32, C35 Yageo CC0402KRX5R5BB225
2 CAPACITOR 20pF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C26, C28 Fenghua 0402CG200J500NT
1 CAPACITOR 22uF, 6.3V, 10% 0603 C5 Samsung CL10A226KQ8NRNE
1 CAPACITOR 220uF, 6.3V, 10% 2312 (6032 metric) C3 AVX TAJC227K006
1 CAPACITOR 4.7uF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C36 Samsung CL05A475KQ5NRNC
1 CAPACITOR 4.7uF, 6.3V, 10% 0603 C25 Yageo CC0603KRX5R5BB475
1 CAPACITOR 47nF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C7 Fenghua 0402B473K160NT
4 CAPACITOR 47pF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C10, C11, C12, C13 Fenghua 0402CG470J500NT
1 CAPACITOR 68pF, 6.3V, 10% 0402 C15 Fenghua 0402CG680J500NT
1 CONNECTOR 2-pin SMD, 2-pin, Vertical JP4 Kaweei CW2001-02T-M01-D
1 CONNECTOR 1x18 1x18, 0.1" pitch" JP1 Kaweei CP25411-18G-S116A-A
1 CONNECTOR 1x18 1x18, 0.1" pitch" JP2 Kaweei CP25411-18G-S116B-A
1 CONNECTOR SMD J2 Kaweei P1163-0140R
1 CONNECTOR 10mm x 12.3mm J1 Kaweei CSIM2545-06S-D
1 CRYSTAL 26MHz, <±20ppm 4-SMD, 5.0 x 3.2mm Y2 Song Ji SJSMD5026M00018F20
1 CRYSTAL 32.768KHz, <±20ppm 2-SMD, 1.5 x 3.2mm Y1 Song Ji SJ FC1332K012F520P
1 DIODE 30V, 3A DO-220AA U$3 Vishay SS3P3-M3/84A
2 IC - Buffer SC-70-5 U5, U6 Texas Instruments SN74LVC1G07DCKR
1 IC - Fuel Gauge TDFN-8 U4 Maxim MAX17043G+T
1 IC - Cell Module 16 x 26 x 3mm U1 u-blox SARA-G350SARA-U260SARA-U270
2 IC - Buffer 16-UQFN U2, U8 Texas Instruments SN74AVC4T245RSVR
1 IC - Microcontroller LQFP64 U3 ST Microelectronics STM32F205RGT6
1 IC - PMIC 24VQFN U$1 Texas Instruments BQ24195RGER
1 IC - MOSFET SC70-5 U9 Texas Instruments TPS22942DCKR
1 IC - 3V3 Reg 1A 6-SON (2x2) U$5 Texas Instruments TPS62291DRVR
1 INDUCTOR 2.2uH, 1.5A, 20% 3.0 mm x 3.0 mm U$6 Taiyo Yuden NR3015T2R2M
1 INDUCTOR 2.2uH, 4A 4.45mm x 4.06mm U$4 Bourns, Inc. SRP4020TA-2R2M
1 LED Blue 0603 LED1 Everlight 19-217/BHC-ZL1M2RY/3T
1 LED Red 0603 LED3 Everlight 19-217/R6C-AL1M2VY/3T
1 LED RGB 4-PLCC (3.2 mm x 2.8mm) LED2 Cree CLMVB-FKA-CFHEHLCBB7A363
1 RESISTOR 0R, 1/16W 0201 R32 Fenghua
1 RESISTOR 100k, 1/16W, 5% 0402 R1 Fenghua RC-02W104JT
14 RESISTOR 10K, 1/16W, 5% 0402 R3, R8, R15, R16, R17, R19, R21, R24, R25, R27, R28, R29, R30, R31 Fenghua RC-02W103JT
1 RESISTOR 150R,1/4W, 1% 0603 R22 Vishay CRCW0603150RFKEAHP
1 RESISTOR 1K, 1/16W, 5% 0603 R23 Fenghua RC-03K102JT
4 RESISTOR 1K, 1/16W, 5% 0402 R10, R11, R12, R9 Fenghua RC-02W102JT
1 RESISTOR 2.2K, 1/16W, 5% 0402 R4 Fenghua RC-02W222JT
2 RESISTOR 22R, 1/16W, 1% 0402 R5, R6 Fenghua RC-02W22R0FT
1 RESISTOR 330R, 1/16W, 1% 0402 R2 Fenghua RC-02W3300FT
2 RESISTOR 4K7, 1/16W, 5% 0402 R13, R14 Fenghua RC-02W472JT
1 RESISTOR 5.49K, 1/16W, 1% 0402 R18 Fenghua RC-02W5491FT
2 SWITCH 160gF 3.6mm x 3.1mm MODE, RESET Haoyu TS-1185A-C

Country compatibility

Country Model Technologies Carriers
Afghanistan ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Albania ELC314 2G, 3G ALBtelecom, Telekom, Vodafone
Algeria ELC314 2G, 3G Mobilis, Ooredoo
Anguilla ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Antigua and Barbuda ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Argentina ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Movistar, Personal
Armenia ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline, Ucom
Aruba ELC314 2G, 3G Setar
Austria ELC314 2G, 3G 3 (Drei), A1, T-Mobile
Azerbaijan ELC314 2G, 3G Azercell, Bakcell, NAR Mobile
Bahamas ELC314 2G, 3G Aliv, BTC Bahamas
Bahrain ELC314 2G, 3G Zain
Bangladesh ELC314 2G, 3G Bangalink, GrameenPhone
Barbados ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Belarus ELC314 2G, 3G A1
Belgium ELC314 2G, 3G Base, Orange, Proximus
Belize ELC314 3G Smart
Bolivia ELC314 2G, 3G NuevaTel
Bosnia and Herzegovina ELC314 2G, 3G BH Telecom, HT Eronet
Brunei ELC314 3G DST
Bulgaria ELC314 2G, 3G A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Burkina Faso ELC314 2G, 3G Orange
Cambodia ELC314 2G, 3G Metfone
Canada ELC404 M1 Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Telus
Cayman Islands ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Chad ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Chile ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Entel, Movistar
Colombia ELC314 2G, 3G Movistar, Tigo
Congo (Brazzaville) ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Congo (Kinshasa) ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Costa Rica ELC314 2G, 3G Movistar
Côte d'Ivoire ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Croatia ELC314 2G, 3G Hrvatski Telekom, Tele2
Cyprus ELC314 2G, 3G Cytamobile-Vodafone, MTN
Czechia ELC314 2G O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Denmark ELC314 2G, 3G 3 (Tre), TDC, Telenor, Telia
Dominica ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Dominican Republic ELC314 2G, 3G Altice Dominicana, Claro, Viva
Ecuador ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Movistar
Egypt ELC314 2G, 3G Etisalat, Orange
El Salvador ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Telefonica
Estonia ELC314 2G, 3G Elisa, Tele2, Telia
eSwatini ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Ethiopia ELC314 2G, 3G Ethio Telecom
Faroe Islands ELC314 2G, 3G Faroese Telecom, Vodafone
Finland ELC314 2G, 3G DNA, Elisa, Telia
France ELC314 2G, 3G Bouygues, Free Mobile, Orange, SFR
French Guiana ELC314 2G, 3G Digicel
Gabon ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Georgia ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline, Geocell
Germany ELC314 2G, 3G O2, Telekom, Vodafone
Ghana ELC314 2G, 3G AirtelTigo, MTN, Vodafone
Gibraltar ELC314 2G, 3G Gibtel
Greece ELC314 2G Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind
Grenada ELC314 2G Flow
Guadeloupe ELC314 2G, 3G Orange
Guatemala ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Movistar
Guinea ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Guinea-Bissau ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Guyana ELC314 2G Digicel
Haiti ELC314 2G, 3G Digicel
Honduras ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Tigo
Hong Kong ELC314 2G, 3G CMHK, CSL, SmarTone
Hungary ELC314 2G, 3G Magyar Telekom, Telenor, Vodafone
Iceland ELC314 2G, 3G Nova, Siminn, Vodafone
Indonesia ELC314 2G, 3G Indosat, Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Ireland ELC314 2G, 3G 3 (Tre), Meteor, O2, Vodafone
Israel ELC314 2G, 3G Hot Mobile, Orange, Pelephone
Italy ELC314 2G, 3G TIM, Vodafone, Wind
Jamaica ELC314 2G, 3G Digicel, Flow
Japan ELC314 3G NTT DoCoMo
Jordan ELC314 2G, 3G Zain
Kazakhstan ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline, K-Cell
Kenya ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Kuwait ELC314 2G, 3G Viva, Zain
Kyrgyzstan ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline
Latvia ELC314 2G, 3G Bite, LMT, Tele2
Liechtenstein ELC314 2G, 3G Mobilkom, Orange
Lithuania ELC314 2G, 3G Bite, Omnitel, Tele2
Luxembourg ELC314 2G, 3G Orange, POST, Tango
Malawi ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Malaysia ELC314 2G, 3G Celcom, DiGi, Maxis
Malta ELC314 2G, 3G Go Mobile, Vodafone
Mexico ELC404 M1 AT&T, Telcel
Moldova ELC314 2G, 3G Moldcell, Orange
Mongolia ELC314 2G, 3G Mobicom, Unitel
Montenegro ELC314 2G, 3G Mtel, T-Mobile, Telenor
Mozambique ELC314 2G, 3G Vodacom
Myanmar ELC314 2G, 3G MPT, Telenor
Namibia ELC314 2G, 3G Telecom Namibia
Netherlands ELC314 2G, 3G KPN, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Nicaragua ELC314 2G, 3G Movistar
Nigeria ELC314 2G, 3G 9mobile, Airtel, Glo, MTN
Norway ELC314 2G, 3G TDC, Telenor, Telia
Pakistan ELC314 2G, 3G Mobilink, Telenor, Ufone, Warid
Palestine ELC314 2G, 3G Jawwal
Panama ELC314 2G, 3G Digicel, Movistar
Papua New Guinea ELC314 2G, 3G bmobile
Paraguay ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Personal, Tigo, Vox
Peru ELC314 2G, 3G Claro, Entel, Movistar
Philippines ELC314 2G, 3G Globe, Smart
Poland ELC314 2G, 3G Orange, Play, Plus, T-Mobile
Portugal ELC314 2G, 3G NOS, TMN, Vodafone
Puerto Rico ELC314 2G, 3G Claro
Qatar ELC314 2G, 3G Ooredoo, Vodafone
Romania ELC314 2G, 3G Orange, Telekom Romania, Vodafone
Rwanda ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel, MTN
Saint Kitts and Nevis ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Saint Lucia ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Serbia ELC314 2G, 3G Telenor, VIP
Sint Maarten ELC314 2G, 3G TelCell
Slovakia ELC314 2G, 3G O2, Orange, Telekom
Slovenia ELC314 2G, 3G A1, Mobitel
South Africa ELC314 2G, 3G Cell C, MTN, Vodacom
South Korea ELC314 3G KT, SK Telecom
South Sudan ELC314 2G, 3G MTN
Spain ELC314 2G, 3G Orange, Telefonica, Vodafone, Yoigo
Sri Lanka ELC314 2G, 3G Dialog, Mobitel
Suriname ELC314 2G, 3G Telesur
Sweden ELC314 2G, 3G 3 (Tre), Tele2, Telenor, Telia
Switzerland ELC314 3G Salt, Sunrise, Swisscom
Taiwan ELC314 3G Chunghwa, T Star, Taiwan Mobile
Tajikistan ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline, Tcell
Tanzania ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel
Thailand ELC314 2G, 3G AIS, DTAC, True Move
Trinidad and Tobago ELC314 2G, 3G Digicel, TSTT
Tunisia ELC314 2G, 3G Orange Tunisie, Tunisie Telecom
Turks and Caicos Islands ELC314 2G, 3G Flow
Uganda ELC314 2G, 3G Africell, Airtel, MTN
Ukraine ELC314 2G, 3G Kyivstar, Life, MTS
United Kingdom ELC314 2G, 3G 3, EE, Manx, O2, Sure, Vodafone
United States ELC404 M1 AT&T, T-Mobile (USA)
Uruguay ELC314 2G, 3G Antel, Claro, Movistar
Uzbekistan ELC314 2G, 3G Beeline
Venezuela ELC314 2G, 3G Movistar
Vietnam ELC314 2G, 3G MobiFone, Viettel, Vinaphone
Virgin Islands (British) ELC314 2G, 3G CCT, Flow
Zambia ELC314 2G, 3G Airtel

Ordering information

Electrons are available from store.particle.io in single quantities in 2G, and 3G versions.

SKU Description Region Modem EtherSIM Lifecycle Replacement
E270TRAY50 Electron 2G/3G (EMEA), Tray [x50] EMEAA U270 NRND B524MTY
ELC314TY Electron 2G/3G (Global - U201) , Tray [x50] Global U201 NRND
ELC402TY Electron LTE CAT-M1 (NorAm), Tray [x50] NORAM R410 NRND BRN404XTRAY50
ASSET2GV2 Asset Tracker 2G Global G350 Deprecated
ASSET3G260V2 Asset Tracker 3G (Americas/Aus) Americas U260 Deprecated
ASSET3G270V2 Asset Tracker 3G (Eur/Asia/Afr) EMEAA U270 Deprecated
E260KIT Electron 2G/3G (Americas/Aus) Starter Kit, [x1] Americas U260 Deprecated BRN404XKIT
E260TRAY50 Electron 2G/3G (Americas/Aus), Tray [x50] Americas U260 Deprecated BRN404XTRAY50
E270KIT Electron 2G/3G (EMEA) Starter Kit, [x1] EMEAA U270 Deprecated B524MEA
E350KIT Electron 2G Kit (Global) Global G350 Deprecated B524MEA
E350TRAY50 Electron 2G (Global), Tray [x50] Global G350 Deprecated B524MTY
ELC402EA Electron LTE CAT-M1 (NorAm), [x1] NORAM R410 Deprecated BRN404XKIT
ELC404TY Electron LTE CAT-M1 (NorAm, EtherSIM), Tray [x50] NORAM R410 Deprecated
SNSRKIT3G260 Electron 3G (Americas/Aus) Sensor Kit, [x1] Americas U260 Deprecated
SNSRKIT3G270 Electron 3G (Eur/Asia/Afr) Sensor Kit, [x1] EMEAA U270 Deprecated

Product handling

ESD precautions

The Electron contains highly sensitive electronic circuitry and is an Electrostatic Sensitive Device (ESD). Handling a Electron without proper ESD protection may destroy or damage it permanently. Proper ESD handling and packaging procedures must be applied throughout the processing, handling and operation of any application that incorporates Electrons. ESD precautions should be implemented on the application board where the Electron is mounted. Failure to observe these precautions can result in severe damage to the Electron!


There are three connectors on the Electron that will get damaged with improper usage. The JST connector on the circuit board, where you plug in the LiPo battery, is very durable but the connector on the battery itself is not. When unplugging the battery, take extra precaution to NOT pull the connector using the wires, but instead hold the plug at its base to avoid putting stress on the wires. This can be tricky with bare hands - nose pliers are your friend here.

Unplugging LiPo connector

The micro B USB connector on the electron is soldered on the PCB with large surface pads as well as couple of through hole anchor points. Despite this reinforcement, it is very easy to rip out the connector if too much stress is put on in the vertical direction.

Unplugging USB connector

The U.FL antenna connector is not designed to be constantly plugged and unplugged. The antenna pin is static sensitive and you can destroy the radio with improper handling. A tiny dab of glue (epoxy, rubber cement, liquid tape or hot glue) on the connector can be used securely hold the plug in place.


The breadboard provided with the Electron is specifically designed to require low insertion force. This makes it easy to plug the Electron in and out of the breadboard. If you end up using a different breadboard, remember that it may require more force. In this case, always remember to pinch-hold your precious Electron by the sides (along the header pins) when plugging-unplugging and not by the USB connector (don't be this person).

Default settings

The Electron comes pre-programmed with a bootloader and a user application called Tinker. This application works with an iOS and Android app also named Tinker that allows you to very easily toggle digital pins, take analog and digital readings and drive variable PWM outputs.

The bootloader allows you to easily update the user application via several different methods, USB, OTA, Serial Y-Modem, and also internally via the Factory Reset procedure. All of these methods have multiple tools associated with them as well.

You may use the Particle Web IDE to code, compile and flash a user application OTA (Over The Air). Particle Workbench is a full-featured desktop IDE for Windows, Mac, and Linux based on VSCode and supports both cloud-based and local gcc-arm compiles. The Particle CLI provides a command-line interface for cloud-based compiles and flashing code over USB.


Term Definition
SMPS Switch Mode Power Supply
SIM Subscriber Identity Module (Size: Nano 4FF)
RF Radio Frequency
SMT Surface Mount Technology (often associated with SMD which is a surface mount device).
LED Light Emitting Diode
RGB LED Red green and blue LEDs combined and diffused in one package.
USB Universal Serial Bus
Quiescent current Current consumed in the deepest sleep state.
FT Five-tolerant; Refers to a pin being tolerant to 5V.
3V3 +3.3Volt; The regulated +3.3V supply rail. Also used to note a pin is only 3.3V tolerant.
PMIC Power Management Integrated Circuit
LiPo Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
GSM Global System for Mobile Communications
CDMA Code Division Multiple Access
OTA Over The Air; describing how firmware is transferred to the device.
uC Microcontroller

FCC ISED CE warnings and end product labeling requirements

Federal Communication Commission Interference Statement This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

FCC Radiation Exposure Statement: This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This transmitter module must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. This End equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator and your body.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the event that these conditions can not be met (for example certain laptop configurations or co-location with another transmitter), then the FCC authorization is no longer considered valid and the FCC ID can not be used on the final product. In these circumstances, the OEM integrator will be responsible for re-evaluating the end product (including the transmitter) and obtaining a separate FCC authorization.

End Product Labeling The final end product must be labeled in a visible area with the following:

Contains FCC ID:

  • XPYSARAG350 (For 2G Electron using the G350 module)
  • XPYSARAU201 (For 3G Electron using the U201 module)
  • XPYSARAU260 (For 3G Electron using the U260 module)
  • XPYSARAU270 (For 3G Electron using the U270 module)
  • XPY2AGQN4NNN (For LTE Electron module using the R410 module)

Manual Information to the End User The OEM integrator has to be aware not to provide information to the end user regarding how to install or remove this RF module in the user’s manual of the end product which integrates this module.

Canada Statement This device complies with Industry Canada’s licence-exempt RSSs. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause interference; and
  2. This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence.

L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes:

  1. l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage;
  2. l’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.

Caution Exposure: This device meets the exemption from the routine evaluation limits in section 2.5 of RSS102 and users can obtain Canadian information on RF exposure and compliance. Le dispositif répond à l'exemption des limites d'évaluation de routine dans la section 2.5 de RSS102 et les utilisateurs peuvent obtenir des renseignements canadiens sur l'exposition aux RF et le respect.

The final end product must be labelled in a visible area with the following: The Industry Canada certification label of a module shall be clearly visible at all times when installed in the host device, otherwise the host device must be labelled to display the Industry Canada certification number of the module, preceded by the words “Contains transmitter module”, or the word “Contains”, or similar wording expressing the same meaning, as follows:

Contains transmitter module ISED:

  • 8595A-SARAG350 (For 2G Electron using the G350 module)
  • 8595A-SARAU260 (For 3G Electron using the U260 module)
  • 8595A-SARAU270 (For 3G Electron using the U270 module)
  • 8595A-2AGQN4NNN (For LTE Electron module using the R410 module)

This End equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator and your body. Cet équipement devrait être installé et actionné avec une distance minimum de 20 centimètres entre le radiateur et votre corps.

The end user manual shall include all required regulatory information/warning as shown in this manual.

For an in-depth review on certifications, please click here.

Revision history

Revision Date Author Comments
v001 20-Jan-2016 MB Initial release
v002 24-March-2016 MB Added: Memory map, DAC limits, SIM card size, SWD pin locations. Updated: Power section, pin diagram, block diagram, operating conditions.
v003 12-Sept-2016 BW Error in Cellular off operating current, changed from 2-15mA to 47-50mA. Also qualified these current readings with uC on/off. Updated the Pin Description section. Updated Mating connectors section.
v004 27-Oct-2016 BW Replaced one STM32F205RGY6 with STM32F205RGT6, and replaced all STM32 mentions with full part number STM32F205RGT6
v005 14-Aug-2017 BW Updated DCD layout and Memory Map, renamed SPI1_/SPI3_ to match Particle API instead of STM32 pin names to avoid confusion (now SPI, SPI1 and SPI2), updated the Pin Description section and added high resolution pinout PDF, updated LED Status section, VBAT info, added Power the Electron without a battery section
v006 31-Jul-2019 RK Added LTE information
v007 16-Sep-2020 RK Added power consumption information
v008 24-Feb-2021 RK Added ELC314 information
v009 10-Sep-2021 RK Changed wording of peak vs. max current
v010 14-Mar-2022 RK Added deprecation warning
v011 31-Jan-2023 RK Added Device OS versions

Known errata

We are tracking known errata with this datasheet here. These issues/errors in the datasheet will be resolved in subsequent revisions.




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