Particle Announces M-Series Muon Dev Board Featuring LoRaWAN and Satellite Connectivity Options

Particle Announces M-Series Muon Dev Board Featuring LoRaWAN and Satellite Connectivity Options

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Particle has recently announced its multi-radio modules with support for Wi-Fi, cellular, LoRaWAN, and even satellite communications on a single device, which we have covered in our M-SoM modules article, but what we haven’t written about is the Muon Dev Board which is the dev board that holds the M-SoM module.

The Muon is the Particle’s latest development board which integrates radios like LoRaWAN, Cellular, Wi-Fi, BLE, and GNSS, utilizing an RTL8722DM MCU and an Arm Cortex-M33 CPU. It’s designed for streamlined development and scaling in IoT applications, from prototyping to deployment.

Particle’s founder and chief executive officer Zach Supalla Explains:

There are other wireless technologies available. There are satellite networks that can reach far away places — but they don’t work indoors. There are sub-GHz networks like LoRaWAN that can penetrate deeper into buildings, but they only work where gateways have been connected. No one radio can exceed 85%. Well, how about all the radios? That, my friends, we can do.

M-Series Muon Dev Board Specifications:

  • Connectivity
    • Expansion Card interface for general-purpose input/output (GPIO) connectivity
    • Qwiic connector
    • LoRa module
  • Power via
    • USB-C with Power Delivery (PD),
    • Screw block for direct power source connections (5-12V), or
    • Lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery
  • Form Factor – Credit-card-sized carrier board with onboard M-SoM

According to Particle, the Muon Dev Board offers two major advantages, The first is Network diversity which eliminates the need for multiple devices with different radios, as the device can connect to any available wireless network without prior knowledge of the networks. With network redundancy and failover, devices can connect to several networks at once. The Particle platform guarantees event publication, no matter the connection. If one network fails, the device automatically switches to another to ensure data transfer to the cloud.

Particle is set to launch the M-series in three versions: the M-SoM, a multi-radio system-on-module; the Muon, a multi-radio development board designed for quick prototyping; and the Monitor M, a multi-radio industrial gateway.

You can now pre-order the M-Series Muon Dev Board for $49. The models featuring Wi-Fi, cellular, and LoRaWAN are expected to be shipped in the second quarter of 2024, whereas those including satellite connectivity will follow in the third quarter.

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