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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
It’s us again!
We hope you enjoyed another serious bout of bad acting. It’s our last campaign – we promise. Now, down to the serious stuff. So why are we doing another Kickstarter campaign? Simply put we need your help to continue disrupting this industry!
We need the support of as many developers as possible to help bring this module to life at a launch price of €33! You see, we do not only take quality seriously at Pycom, we also want to launch our modules at low prices. For us cutting edge technology needs to be super affordable and we do so by some clever hardware design
Imagine your life without the headaches and risks of having to make a choice of networks before you have even installed those connected things.
No need to just imagine it any longer.
Pycom’s back with another world first: This time it's 5 freaking networks on one small board, the FiPy. We’re so excited about this next new step to making IoT even easier for you all.
Whats that ….FiPy? we hear you say.
Simply put, we give you a 5 networks in one simple small, perfectly formed, same-foot-print-as-WiPy-and-LoPy hardware module at a price squeezed right down to €33 (early bird) and €49 after Kickstarter.
Goodbye “No Service”, Hello Full Control!
Get on with a board that gives you full flexibility during testing, install, deployment and even later when you want to switch real-time your airtime network provider. You can switch when the time is right for you or set some parameters that will do so automatically.
And then when you are done with all the exploring of what the FiPy can do for you, we bring you fresh new application boards (or shields as some may say) – Pysense and Pytrack to give your IoT applications a real boost.
Whether it’s a monitoring, managing or a controlling application, and whether it’s LoRa, Sigfox or cellular LTE-M... or WiFi or Bluetooth you want to use as network, the FiPy does it all for you. Equally, Pymakr and Pymate helps you get up and running fast, in a matter of hours in fact.
Enough chatting, get your skates on. Here’s the juicy specs we hope you are now bursting with eagerness to read.
FiPy is the IoT development platform of the future (your future?).
• 5 networks: WiFi, BLE, cellular LTE-CAT M1/NB1, LoRa, and Sigfox
• Small form factor, same footprint as other Pycom boards
• Micropython enabled
• Pymakr and Pymate compatible
• All your apps from WiPy, LoPy and SiPy will work on FiPy too. Furthermore, you can mesh-network together ALL your pycom modules eg a LoPy can connect to a FiPy... cool right? • Open source firmware
Espressif ESP32 SoC
Dual processor and WiFi+Bluetooth radio system on chip
Network processor handles the WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity and network stacks
Main processor is entirely free to run the user application
An extra ULP-coprocessor that can monitor GPIOs, the ADC channels and control most of the internal peripherals during deep-sleep mode while only consuming 25uA
Hardware floating point acceleration on both cores
RTC running @ 32KHz
2 x UART, 2 x SPI, 2 x I2C, I2S, micro SD card
Analog channels: 8x12 bit ADCs, 2x8 bit DAC
2x64 bit Timers
PWM with up to 16 channels
DMA on all peripherals
Up to 22 GPIO pins
Size: 55 x 20 x 3.5 mm
Operating temperature: -40 to 85 degrees Celsius
WS2812 RGB multi-colour LED
U.FL LoRa/Sigfox antenna connector
U.FL Cellular antenna connector
WS2812 RGB LED
Internal WiFi/Bluetooth antenna
4 MB RAM
8 MByte Flash
• SHA, MD5, DES, AES (hardware accelerated) • SSL/TLS support (up to TLS 1.2) • WPA Enterprise security
Enterprise grade means CE and FCC as a minimum. Network certification is a given for long-lifecycle IoT solutions to ensure stable connectivity.
• CE • FCC • Sigfox network certification • LoRa Alliance certification • LTE-M CAT M1/NB1 cellular - global networks
Which LPWAN network will win....? Almost every day you’ll find another article debating their respective technical merits.
NOW: Gone are the days of LoRa vs LTE-M vs Sigfox. Here are the days of “I don’t need to chose now, I can choose later so get me going now!”. You can pick from one or several of the 5 networks on the FiiiivePy (sorry, we mean FiPy).
An open source LPWAN communications technology that enables low cost private networking as well as shared network deployments
Operating Frequencies– 868 MHz (Europe) at +14dBm maximum– 915 MHz (North and South America, Australia and New Zealand) at +20dBm maximum
Power consumption: 10mA Rx, 28mA Tx
LoRaWAN stack – Class A and C devices
LoRa Range Specification
Node range: Up to 40km
Nano-Gateway: Up to 22km (Capacity up to 100 nodes)
A global IoT network operator through 26 extensive global partnerships
Class 0 device
Maximum Tx power: – +14dBm (Europe) – +22dBm (America) – +22dBm (Australia and New Zealand)
Range– Node range: Up to 50km – Sigfox pre-certified
Power – Sigfox (Europe): 17mA in Rx mode, 47mA in Tx mode and 0.5uA in standby
– Sigfox (Australia, New Zealand and South America): 24mA in Rx mode, 257 mA in Tx mode and 0.5uA in standby
Sigfox Range Specification Node range: Up to 50km
Sigfox Operating Frequencies
– RCZ1 – 868MHz (Europe)
– RCZ2 – 902MHz (US, Canada and Mexico)
– RCZ3 – (Japan and Korea)
– RCZ4 – 920 – 922MHz (ANZ, Latin America and S-E Asia)
A cellular communications technology that leverages existing infrastructure with potential to roll out at the flick of a switch.
- 34 bands supported from 699Mhz to 2690Mhz (Total world-wide support)
One Single Chip for both Cat M1 and NB1 (yes, only one chip) which enables access to all global LTE-M networks
3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro
Supports narrowband LTE UE categories M1/NB1
Integrated baseband, RF, RAM memory, and power management
Reduced Tx power class option
Power Peak power estimations:
TX current = 420mA peak @1.5Watt RX current = 330mA peak @1.2Watt
Important Note: FiPy will have LTE-M CAT M1 from the onset and NB1 will be delivered as a firmware update during Q2.
We are in advanced discussions with various suitable cellular network providers for worldwide deployment.
LTE-M CAT M1 and NB1 network operator contenders include Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Vodafone, Proximus, KPN, and Orange.
300 kbps DL
375 kbps UL (LTE Cat M1 in 1.4 MHz, HD-FDD)
40 kbps DL
55 kbps UL (LTE Cat M2 in 200 kHz, HD-FDD)
Global LTE-M Network Roll-Out
According to the GSMA and confirmed by the various partners we are in negotiations with, commercial launches of LTE-M networks will take place globally in 2017.
All the world’s major operators have put together an LTE-M Task Force to:
• Facilitate demonstrations and proof of concept trials which strengthen the LTE-M solution to meet LPWA requirements
• Lead industry partners and the ecosystem to build a strong end-to-end industry chain for LTE-M growth, development and deployment
• Reduce complexity of LTE-M device introduction
• Drive and proliferate LTE-M applications in vertical markets for new business opportunities
• Promote collaboration between all LTE-M industry partners to ensure interoperability of solutions
Participating operators, many of whom are already customers of Pycom, include:
AT&T Mobility Bell Mobility Bermuda Digital Communications China Mobile China Telecom China Unicom Etisalat KDDI Corporation KT Corporation NTT Docomo Orange SingTel Mobile Singapore Telecom Italia Telefónica Telenor Group TeliaSonera Telstra T-Mobile Austria Verizon Wireless Vodafone
Vodafone has said it will launch its first narrowband IoT (for NB1, which is also referred to as Cat-NB1) networks in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain in the first quarter of 2017.
AT&T switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in San Francisco in October 2016 and is expected to roll out starting in 2017.
Verizon will be introducing LTE CAT-M across its network by the end of 2016
Orange announced that it will implement two new narrowband Internet-of-Things technologies, Narrow Band-IoT(NB-IoT) and LTE-M on its mobile network throughout 2017.
Telstra has announced support for Category 1 (Cat 1) devices on its LTE network. Cat 1 will be closely followed by the introduction of both Cat-M technologies.
There are lots more activities happening but only a few in the open domain. We will keep everyone posted on progress with each of our parnters as soon as we're able to.
Up to 1km, super long range WiFi is, as you already know, great for all sorts of things and may we say, is your excellent backhaul friend in a nano-gateway scenario.
- 802.11b/g/n 16mbps
WiFi Range Up to 1km
Bluetooth is a short range communications protocol, ideal for wearables and other close range applications.
- Low energy and classic
Bluetooth specification details
• Compliant with Bluetooth v4.2 BR/EDR and BLE specification
• Class-1, class-2 and class-3 transmitter without external power amplifier
• Enhanced power control
• +10 dBm transmitting power
• NZIF receiver with -98 dBm sensitivity
• Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH)
• Standard HCI based on SDIO/SPI/UART
• High speed UART HCI, up to 4 Mbps
• BT 4.2 controller and host stack
• Service Discover Protocol (SDP)
• General Access Profile (GAP)
• Security Manage Protocol (SMP)
• Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
• All GATT-based profile supported
• SPP-Like GATT-based profile
• BLE Beacon
• A2DP/AVRCP/SPP, HSP/HFP, RFCOMM
• CVSD and SBC for audio codec
• Bluetooth Piconet and Scatternet
So, when you add all that up, you'll get to a point where you are probably thinking....MESH. I can mesh that.... and you can! We'll say no more.
Imagine a shield which you can use with any of your Pycom multi-network modules. This is what we give you with Pysense and Pytrack – a leg up to get you off to a great start really quickly.
These little fellows fit all Pycom boards and each contain a number of sensors.
Other features include:
– a USB port with serial access
– LiPo battery charger
– MicroSD card
– Ultra low power operation (~1uA in deep sleep)
Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.0 cm Weight: 50 g
– A super accurate GNSS + Glonass GPS
– 3 axis 12-bit accelerometer
Other features include:
– An USB port with serial access
– LiPo battery charger
– MicroSD card
– Ultra low power operation (~1uA in deep sleep)
Location services supported
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS.
FiPy is compatible with our well-known free open source Pymakr IDE that you would know if you've been hacking on WiPy or LoPy. It's there to help you hack in Micropython, significantly shortening your development time. We reckon you can be up and running, sensing and gathering data within a couple of hours from receiving your pledge...pretty awesome, right?
FiPy is also compatible with our one-handed-operations free Pymate mobile app. which is now available for iOS and Android. Within minutes you can see your data and manage your device from your mobile...so cool!
Crafted by a group of Pycom back-end experts the Pybytes platform will be everything there needs to be in place to gather, organise and display your data FREE OF CHARGE in the cloud. Regardless of whether you are a company, IoT system architect, or an ambitious tech hobbyist we’ll soon get you connected.
Partnership's like a marriage, right? It's not just about the looks or the fun we have when things are good. But about our joint value set, how we can help each other grow, a shared vision and aligned culture.
Pycom cannot embark on a inventors journey with partners who do not appreciate the value of ‘not settling for compromise’, for whom integrity is just a marketing term and who does not see that creativity for us translates into many skill sets.
We are passionate and optimistic - they must be too.
Together we make the magic happen, like any good marriage.
Espressif ESP32 (WiFi and BLE)
Vanguard and from-our-point-of-view PIONEERING, Shanghai based fabless manufacturer of the much acclaimed ESP8266 and now ESP32 chips. Espressif is a close partner and minority investor in Pycom which explains the very intimate working relationship and early arrival of ESP32 based stock with Pycom.
Sequans MONARCH (LTE-M)
Sequans Communications is another fabless chipmaker and leading provider of 4G and single-mode LTE chipset solutions. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in networks around the world.
Semtech Corporation is the home of LoRa. Founded in 1960 with over 1200 employees based in 31 locations. By combining LoRa RF transceiver products with LoRa concentrator gateway, you can create networks with longer ranges and the capacity to handle millions of devices.
Texas Instruments. A well-known global semiconductor company operating in 35 countries, Texas Instruments (TI) and Pycom have had a close relationship since our launch with them at CES, Las Vegas Jan 2016. We have had particularly strong support from the Software Development Tools and Low Power Connectivity teams at TI ever since WiPy1.0 and have worked with them to bring the Sigfox integration to SiPy and FiPy.
Expected to ship April 2017
Standard 1-year manufacturers’ warranty.
- Pledge €1: Give us a helping hand and we will put the names of all those backers into a hat! 5 lucky people will get a cool Pycom GOINVENT Tee-shirt (and we get to fund our caffeine addiction)!
- Pledge €33: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Catch that worm! You get a discounted FiPy module. Additional €7 per antenna type. The FiPy requires 2 antennas: 1 cellular and another 1 for the LoRa / Sigfox.
- Pledge €39: You get a FiPy module. Additional €7 per antenna type. Additional €7 per antenna type (Cellular / LoRa & Sigfox).
- Pledge €59: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get ready to SENSE! You get a FiPy module and a Pysense board. Additional €7 per antenna type (Cellular / LoRa & Sigfox).
- Pledge €65: Get ready to SENSE! You get a FiPy module and a Pysense board. Additional €7 per antenna type (Cellular / LoRa & Sigfox).
- Pledge €65: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get ready to TRACK! You get a FiPy module and a Pytrack board. Additional €7 per antenna type (Cellular / LoRa & Sigfox).
- Pledge €71: Get ready to TRACK! You get a FiPy module and a Pytrack board. Additional €7 per antenna type (Cellular / LoRa & Sigfox).
- Pledge €95: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Have a COMBO! You get a FiPy module, a Pysense and a Pytrack board, one cellular antenna and one LoRa & one Sigfox antenna.
- Pledge €111: Have a COMBO! You get a FiPy module, a Pysense and a Pytrack board, one cellular antenna and one LoRa & Sigfox antenna.
- Pledge €135 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Have a COMBO 2! You get 2 FiPy modules, a Pysense and a Pytrack board, 2 cellular antennae and 2 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
- Pledge €158: Have a COMBO 2! You get 2 FiPy modules, a Pysense and a Pytrack board, 2 cellular antennae and 2 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
- Pledge €210: FiPy - 5 PACK SOLO!
You get 5 FiPy modules, 5 cellular antennae and 5 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
- Pledge €355: SENSE - PURE GREED! You get 5 FiPy modules, 5 Pysense boards, 5 cellular antennae and 5 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
- Pledge €385: TRACK - PURE GREED! You get 5 FiPy modules, 5 Pytrack boards, 5 cellular antennae and 5 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
- Pledge €400: FiPy - 10 PACK SOLO! You get 10 FiPy modules, 10 cellular antennae and 10 LoRa & Sigfox antennae.
We're super grateful to everybody helped us get this far. We have an ace team at Pycom, a fantastic community of developers and some great partners to all of whom we are mind-numbingly thankful.
We've posted lots of questions in a FAQ document, such as:
• Will the FiPy firmware be open source?
• Will I be able to select the frequency of my antenna based on my region?
• Are there different header options for the FiPy?
• Is the Pycom expansion board also compatible with the FiPy?
• Is the FiPy API compatible with the one supported by the WiPy?
• Can I use my application code written for my other Pycom boards on the FiPy
The FiPy builds on the existing WiPy, LoPy and SiPy boards with the addition of LTE-M. Both Hardware and software has been under development for many months. Like all other Pycom IoT dev boards it features the ESP32 and is programmable with Micropython. The fact that the firmware will be open source will benefit the already large and growing Pycom community of users and contributors.
Some of you may be wondering why are we launching a new Kickstarter project having only recently completed the LoPy campaign and with a little way to go on the firmware. The reason is very simple: we have an incredible opportunity to launch all five networks including cellular in April 2017. This will ensure our dev community has all the tools to do whatever job they need to do! As stated, much development for the FiPy will benefit from our existing work. In addition, building a new module will not hinder any of the development plans we have in place to complete and continue upgrading all our modules. In fact, quite the opposite as each of our modules are complimentary in many forms.
We have automatic tests setups that run nightly tests to make sure that every new feature stays rock solid.
We have already shipped thousands of previous products two of which were launched right here on Kickstarter (WiPy 2015 and LoPy Feb 2016), and we have grown our network of suppliers, manufacturing and other partners, all of whom have a growth mindset, see innovation as core tot their business and who all take delivery of high quality very, very seriously.
We are confident that we have addressed every important aspect of the project and we have worked very hard to make sure that we are in tope shape before showing the FiPy to the world. Technical risks are very low at this stage since the hardware has been developed, is going through testing and the software is nearly complete.