Small Breakout for SIM900 GSM Module

By on May 27, 2011
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Some post ago we presented a PCB to mount the SIM900 module. The project is used in our GSM remote control and the Arduino GSM Shield.
The dimensions aren’t big (1.75×1.95 inches) but in some cases they are too important for a projects, so….

Small Breakout for SIM900 GSM Module

Small Breakout for SIM900 GSM Module - SIM

..we have developed a small PCB GSM module to build device like localizators (coming soon… :-) ), bugs or other small devices.

The Schematics

Small Breakout for SIM900 GSM Module - SchematicThe schematic is the same of the old module.

The printed circuit board, measuring about 1.35×1.5 inches, has a pin strips (10 pin x 2) used to connect with the circuit board of the remote control device.

Let’s now take a look at the electrical scheme, which displays the connections.
The pin 1 (ON/OFF) is used by a microcontroller to turn the GSM module on and off. The module is turned on or off according to the logical level applied to their PWR line (pin 1 of GSM1) . The PWR line is equipped with an internal pull-up resistance and is active at logical zero; therefore, in order to switch the cellular module on, the microcontroller sets PWR at a high logical level (contact 1 of the pin-strip) and causes transistor T2 to saturate; this transistor will then sets the PWR line at a low level. Remember that the power on or off signal is only a pulse of about 2 seconds.
Reset monitoring is handled similarly. The module can be reset by simply causing the microcontroller to send a logical 1 via the RST line, at which time the T3 transistor saturates and sets the NRESET line of GSM1 at a low level.
Let’s now proceed with UART’s control lines (i.e., TXD, RXD, DTR, RTS, CTS, DCD), which are connected to the external area through the pin-strip’s contacts, respectively, 12, 14, 10, 2, 4 and 6.
The audio device, with two contacts for the microphone (with differential input) and two more for the loudspeaker, uses contacts 15, 13, 11, 9, which correspond, respectively, to MIC1P and MIC1N (positive and negative of the microphone) and SPK1P and SPK1N (respectively, positive and negative of the loudspeaker). The RI signal (indicating incoming calls) goes out through contact 8 of the pin-strip.
In this case, the GSM connector modules’ antenna is a 90° MMCX directly connected on the printed board of the cell phone.
Let’s now talk about transistor T1, used here to locally control the cell phone’s reception LED: its base is polarized from the current logical level on pin 52 (NETLIGHT) for GSM1. The transistor’s collector is where the line to contact 3 of the pin-strip starts; this line is connected with the LED line, which the microcontroller uses to get information regarding the presence of GSM network as well as regarding the connection status of the module (e.g., whether the network is available or not).

The Pin Out

 







 

1

3

5

7

9

11

13

15

17

19

ON/OFF

LED

VRTC

ADC

SPK1N

SPK1P

MIC1N

MIC1P

VCC







VCC

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

RTS

CTS

DCD

RI

DTR

TXD

RXD

RST

GND

GND

 

 


The bill of material

[code] C1: 220 nF (0805)

C2: 100 nF (0805)

C3: 470 µF 6,3 VL (CASE-D)

C4: 470 µF 6,3 VL(CASE-D)

C5: 100 nF (0805)

LD1: led green (0805)

D1: –

R1: 15 ohm (0805)

R2: 15 ohm (0805)

R3: 15 ohm (0805)

R4: 10 kohm (0805)

R5: 4,7 kohm (0805)

R6: 10 kohm (0805)

R7: 330 ohm (0805)

R8: 10 kohm (0805)

R9: 4,7 kohm (0805)

R10: 10 kohm (0805)

R11: 4,7 kohm (0805)

T1: BC817

T2: BC817

T3: BC817

GSM1: GSM module SIM900

SIM: Slot SIM-CARD

– Antenna connector MMCX 90°

– Strip male 2×10 via 2mm







– PCB </strong><strong> [/code]

 

 

Download the GERBER of Small Breakout for SIM900 GSM Module

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About Boris Landoni

Boris Landoni is the technical manager of Open-Electronics.org. Skilled in the GSM field, embraces the Open Source philosophy and its projects are available to the community.

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