Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier

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Introduction

The SparkFun Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier features the Notecard from Blues Wireless. The Notecard is unique among cellular modules as it has a built-in SIM card and includes a 10 year subscription and 500MB of data included in the price. The Notecard module also comes with integrated cellular, SIM, onboard GPS, 3-axis accelerometer with an on-chip temperature sensor. On top of that, the Notecard features outboard device firmware updates (DFU) meaning you can reprogram a connected Processor remotely through Blues' Notehub service! There are some limitations to this process so make sure to read further in this guide for more information on how to properly perform Outboard device firmware updates.

SparkFun MicroMod Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier

SparkFun MicroMod Cellular Function Board - Blues Wireless Notecarrier

WRL-20409
$119.95

The MicroMod Cellular Function Board includes everything you need : a carrier board (Blues calls them Notecarriers) and the globally enabled NB-IoT & LTE-M M.2 based module (Blues calls them Notecards).

Required Materials

The following materials are necessary for following along with this guide. All Function Boards require a Main Board and Processor to connect to each other. Depending on your application, you may need a Single or Dual Main Board:

SparkFun MicroMod Main Board - Single

SparkFun MicroMod Main Board - Single

DEV-20748
$15.95
SparkFun MicroMod Main Board - Double

SparkFun MicroMod Main Board - Double

DEV-20595
$19.95

A Processor Board is needed to act as a host controller for the Function Board:

Heads Up: Outboard Device Firmware Updates only support the STM32 Processor v20 as of release. Other Processors may be supported in the future but are beyond the scope of this tutorial. We will update this guide if and when other Processors work with this feature.
SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

DEV-16401
$14.95
SparkFun MicroMod STM32 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod STM32 Processor

DEV-21326
$16.50

You'll also need a cellular and GNSS antenna:

GPS Embedded Antenna SMA

GPS Embedded Antenna SMA

GPS-00177
$12.95
Molex Flexible GNSS Antenna - U.FL (Adhesive)

Molex Flexible GNSS Antenna - U.FL (Adhesive)

GPS-15246
$4.50
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LTE Hinged External Antenna - 698MHz-2.7GHz, SMA Male

LTE Hinged External Antenna - 698MHz-2.7GHz, SMA Male

CEL-16432
$7.50
PCB Antenna - U.FL (2.4GHz)

PCB Antenna - U.FL (2.4GHz)

WRL-18086
$1.50

The Notecard Module uses u.Fl connectors for both antenna connections so, depending on your choice of antennas, you may also need an adapter cable like these:

SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

SMA to U.FL Cable - 150mm

WRL-18568
$1.95
Interface Cable SMA to U.FL

Interface Cable SMA to U.FL

WRL-09145
$5.50
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Interface Cable U.FL to SMA

Interface Cable U.FL to SMA

WRL-18154
$8.95

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