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New Arduino IoT development board unveiled: MKRFOX1200
This new IoT development board, which measures just 67 x 25mm in size, provides Makers with a low-cost solution for adding Sigfox connectivity to their DIY projects.
The MKRFOX1200 takes the functionality of the Zero, throws in Sigfox’s global LPWA network, and shrinks it down into a smaller form factor. Sharing a similar footprint as its fellow MKR products, this board features a Microchip SAM D21 32-bit Cortex-M0+ microcontroller at its core, along with an ATA8520 RF transmitter module. Impressively, the MKRFOX1200 is capable of running for over six months on a pair of standard AA 1.5V batteries.
The MKRFOX1200 is equipped with an attachable GSM antenna and can be programmed using the familiar Arduino IDE. But that’s not all. Those who purchase the board will also receive a two-year subscription to the Sigfox service, which includes full access to Sigfox’s messaging system, cloud platform, dashboard, webhooks, APIs, and more.
The first version of the MKRFOX1200 is compatible with Sigfox Radio Configuration Zone 1 (868MHz, 14dBm), meaning it is only supported in network-covered regions of Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa.
Sigfox anyway will operate in other new countries in the next few years.