New Raspberry Pi HAT introduced to simplify LTE connectivity in IoT solutions

26 August 2020

Avnet Inc. has introduced a Monarch Go Pi hardware attached on top (HAT), a new development kit to help product engineers and network developers enable simple, cost-effective LTE connectivity for internet of things (IoT) solutions.

Using the modem component from Sequans, the solution works with business-critical applications including asset tracking and remote monitoring. The Monarch Go includes the LTE antenna and it is pre-certified for end-customer use on the Verizon network, allowing engineers to reduce lab testing and development time. The Sequans Monarch GM01Q module supports LTE-M and NB-IoT and is certified by leading operators in North America, Europe and Asia.

Combining Raspberry Pi HAT-capable single-board computers with Monarch Go, Avnet’s new Pi HAT offers lower cost of ownership and improved speed to market to develop a cellular IoT-connected device.

The Monarch Go Pi HAT kit includes a production-ready Monarch Go LTE modem with pre-installed ThingSpace IoT SIM, the MikroElektronika shuttle click site, voltage I/O translator and micro USB. The HAT kit is priced at $72.95.

The Monarch Go Pi HAT can operate in two modes for added development flexibility, either in conjunction with a single-board computer or in stand-alone mode with a micro USB interface. The Pi HAT includes a shuttle click expansion connector to enable 3.3 V I/O I2C, SPI, UART and GPIO-based click modules from MikroElektronika.

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