MKR GSM 1400

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MKR GSM 1400
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Arduino MKR GSM 1400 is a powerful board that combines the functionality of the Zero and global GSM connectivity. It is the ideal solution for makers wanting to design IoT projects with minimal previous experience in networking.

Please note: This board does not ship with a SIM card.

  • Overview
  • Tech Specs
  • Documentation
  • Arduino MKR GSM 1400 has been designed to offer a practical and cost effective solution for makers seeking to add global GSM connectivity to their projects with minimal previous experience in networking. It is based on the Atmel SAMD21 and a SARAU201 GSM module.

    The design includes the ability to power the board using a LiPo battery or external power source from 5V up to 12V. Switching from one source to the other is done automatically. A good 32 bit computational power similar to the Zero board, the usual rich set of I/O interfaces, gobal GSM communication and the ease of use of the Arduino Software (IDE) for code development and programming. All these features make this board the preferred choice for the emerging IoT battery-powered projects in a compact form factor. The USB port can be used to supply power (5V) to the board. During cellular transmissions the peak current required by the board will exceed 500mA. This is in excess of what can sourced by a standard USB port, so it is MANDATORY to have a 1500 mAh or higher LiPo battery plugged all the time, the current provided by the USB port will be supplmented by the battery.  When powering the board using Vin, a 5V power supply that can supply atleast 2A is required.

    Warning: Unlike most Arduino & Genuino boards, the MKR GSM 1400 runs at 3.3V. The maximum voltage that the I/O pins can tolerate is 3.3V. Applying voltages higher than 3.3V to any I/O pin could damage the board. While output to 5V digital devices is possible, bidirectional communication with 5V devices needs proper level shifting.

    You can find here your board warranty informations.

    Getting Started

    You can find in the Getting Started section all the information you need to configure your board, use the Arduino Software (IDE), and start tinker with coding and electronics.

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  • Microcontroller SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32bit low power ARM MCU
    Board Power Supply (USB/VIN) 5V/5-12V
    Supported Battery(*) 3.7V LiPo
    Circuit Operating Voltage 3.3V
    Digital I/O Pins 8
    PWM Pins 12 (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, A3 - or 18 -, A4 -or 19)
    UART 1
    SPI 1
    I2C 1
    Analog Input Pins 7 (ADC 8/10/12 bit)
    Analog Output Pins 1 (DAC 10 bit)
    External Interrupts 8 (0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, A1 -or 16-, A2 - or 17)
    DC Current per I/O Pin 7 mA
    Flash Memory 256 KB
    SRAM 32 KB
    EEPROM no
    Clock Speed 32.768 kHz (RTC), 48 MHz
    LED_BUILTIN 6
    Full-Speed USB Device and embedded Host
    Antenna power 2dB
    Carrier frequency 433/868/915 MHz
    Working region Global
    Length 67.64 mm
    Width 25 mm
    Weight 32 gr.
  • Pinout

    Download the pinout in PNG format

    Antenna

    The MKR GSM 1400 has to be used with a GSM antenna that can be attached to the board with the micro UFL connector. Please check that it can accept frequencies in the GSM's range (880/915 MHz). 

    Please note: for best result, do not attach the antenna to a metallic surface like car chassis, etc.

    Batteries, Pins and board LEDs

    Battery capacity: The connected battery must be a 3.7V LiPo

    Vin: This pin can be used to power the board with a regulated voltage source ranging from 5V to 12V. If the power is fed through this pin, the USB power source is disconnected. This is the only way you can supply 5v (range is 5V to maximum 6V) to the board not using USB. This pin is an INPUT.

    5V: This pin outputs 5V from the the board when powered from the USB connector or from the VIN pin of the board. It is unregulated and the voltage is taken directly from the inputs. 

    VCC: This pin outputs 3.3V through the on-board voltage regulator. This voltage is 3.3V if USB or VIN is used and equal to the series of the two batteries when they are used

    LED ON: This LED is connected to the input voltage source from either USB or VIN. It is also connected to the battery power. This means that it is ON (with a lower intensity) also when the battery is inserted.

    Onboard LED: On MKR GSM 1400 the on board LED is connected to D6 and not D13 as on the other boards. Blink example or other sketcthes that uses pin 13 for on board LED may need to be changed to work properly.