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Open source ESP32 module supports 5G and GPS connectivity

Jan 1, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 2,213 views

The Walter is an upcoming embedded device equipped with the ESP32-S3 microcontroller along with a GM02SP module for NB-IoT, LTE-M and GPS protocols. The board will also be CE and FCC certified to accelerate customers’ product development.

The ESP32-S3 has been seen in various different products last year, for example, the Bee Motion S3, the T-SIMCAM, the Banana Pi BPI-PicoW-S3, etc.) 

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ESP32-S3 SoC block diagram
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The Walter board offers up to 24 GPIOs and it also includes test points for debugging located on the opposite side of the board as shown below. 


Walter board layout 
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According to the datasheet, the ESP32-S3 and the Sequans GM02SP module interface each other (UART0) using AT commands. The Walter board also seems to integrate a software-controllable MOSFET transistor to switch its peripheral power pin in case users need to remove attached devices as sensors or other external devices. 

 
Walter board
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For documentation, the developer company has included a preliminary datasheet which can be found here or on the product page. A representative from the company mentioned that they are still testing their libraries which will include support for NB-IoT, LTE-M and GPS.

The relevant libraries and additional documentation will be available on a GitHub repository before their crowdfunding campaign starts. Additionally, the product page mentions that “the schematics will be released under the GPLv3 license.”

Preliminary specifications listed for the Walter board include: 

  • Connectivity: 
    • Cat M1 (Cat M1 up to 590 kbps DL & 1.1 Mbps UL)
    • Cat NB1/NB2 (up to 120.7 kbps DL and 160 kbps UL)
    • GPS, GNSS support
    • BLE 5.0, Bluetooth mesh (up to 2Mbps)
    • Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n (up to 150Mbps)
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 24x GPIO pins
    • 3x Power pins, 1x Strapping pin
  • Other Features:
    • 23x Testing points for debugging
  • Software:
    • MicroPython
    • Arduino, ESP-IDF
    • JavaScript
  • Power:
    • 3.3V (via USB-C port or VIN-pin)
    • DC-DC Converter (TI LM3281YFQR)
  • Dimensions:
    • 55 x 24.8mm

 Further information

A QuickSpot representative mentioned that the Walter board will be launched soon on Kickstarter.com. However, the company has listed preliminary prices on their website. 

The Walter module alone will cost  ~€49.95. There is a Connected bundle that costs ~€69.95 which  includes the module, an LTE antenna and a GPS antenna.

The Developer bundle is similar to the Connected bundle, although it includes a USB-C cable, a 100Mb prepaid SIM card and up to 30 min of engineering support. This bundle will be available for €250. For more information, see the product page on QuickSpot.io.

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