NeoCortec simplifies prototyping of NeoMesh wireless networks

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NeoCortec, a manufacturer of ultra-low-power bi-directional wireless mesh network modules, hs unveiled a family of prototyping and development boards for designers working with NeoMESH, the low-power, self-forming wireless mesh network.

Designed to operate either as a stand-alone development board, or in Feather Wing mode for compatibility with Adafruit Feather boards, the FWNCxxxx breakout boards cover the 2.4GHz, 868MHz and 915MHz frequency bands.

Commenting Thomas Steen Halkier, CEO at NeoCortec said, "The new breakout boards eliminate the need for engineers to create any PCB designs themselves, enabling them to initiate Proof-of-Concept testing of the NeoMESH network protocol stack in a real application very quickly and at minimal cost. The breakout board is compatible with the Adafruit Feather eco system, and easily integrates with the Adafruit Feather microcontrollers. As an example, we have integrated our gateway software with the Adafruit Feather ESP-32 Wi-Fi device. This allows designers to produce a low-cost gateway design which can easily bridge between the low power mesh network and an IP based network or the customer’s preferred Cloud solution.”

The FWNCxxxx breakout boards feature the company’s compact, low power NC1000 and NC2400 network modules which are able to address a broad range of applications based on IoT and Cloud-based sensor networks, including smart home and smart workplace, metering, security, agriculture, transportation, industry 4.0, medical and food distribution.

All NeoCortec modules share the same 11x18x2.6mm footprint, so the target product does not need to change to support a full range of frequency bands. Average power consumption is as low as 20µA.

The breakout boards provide easy access to GPIO to simplify customisation. An U. FL antenna is the only additional component that needs to be added before testing can begin. Sensors and other peripherals can be soldered directly to the board if required.