Cicerone Board – Starting Guide: Connecting antennas
In asset tracking IoT applications, devices need to operate on ultra-low power.
Our Cicerone board is here to give designers the necessary meter-level accuracy and long-range, ultra-low-power data communication through the integration of the Move-X MAMWLE LoRa and u-blox MAX-M10S GNSS modules, both designed for low-power consumption, and by leveraging CloudLocate, the u-blox in-cloud positioning service.
Now the question is, where to install LoRa/GNSS antennas on the Cicerone board?
The MAMWLE module is LoRa module with an STM32 programmable MCU inside. To use it, you need to connect a Passive Antenna for LoRa frequency band (860 – 930 MHz) with a U.FL Female connector.
The MAX-M10S is a standard precision GNSS module that provides excellent sensitivity and acquisition time for constellation in GNSS L1 band such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, etc. The module integrates an LNA + SAW filter and so it is suitable for Passive Antennas. Thanks to its low-power consumption it is a perfect fit for battery-powered applications. To use the GNSS module you will need a Pasive Antenna for L1 (1-2 GHz) frequency band with a U-FL Female connector.
This combination allows for best-in-class synergy between GNSS technology and long-range wireless connectivity for power constrained IoT devices. Ideally suited for applications that require meter-level accuracy, including asset tracking; supply chain and logistics management; smart agriculture; smart cities; environment monitoring; infrastructure monitoring.