Notecard Cellular Modem System-on-Module (SoM)

Blues Wireless' device-to-cloud embeddable SoM simplifies building connected solutions with secure, reliable cellular

Image of Blue Wireless' Notecard Cellular Modem SoM (click to enlarge)Blues Wireless' Notecard is a tiny 30 mm x 35 mm SoM device-to-cloud data pump. A Notecard purchase includes 500 MB of data that is usable over 10 years with the ability to top-up as needed. Connectivity is globally available in 136+ countries. The Notecard features an m.2 connector for embedding the user's board. As an embeddable SoM, the Notecard can be used with any microcontroller (MCU) for greenfield and retrofit projects using the user's design or one of Blues Wireless' custom-designed Notecarriers.

With two lines of code, users can send data to the cloud in minutes without complex device registration or provisioning required. With a powerful JSON-based API, the Notecard can be programmed over USB or controlled from the preferred MCU or single-board computer (SBC) using one of Blues Wireless' open-source firmware libraries. Connect from the preferred host to the Notecard using Serial or I2C. The Notecard is designed to work with a cloud service for ingesting and processing device data. Notehub.io provides secure device connectivity, project, and fleet management, as well as simple routing to third-party cloud services. Alternatively, the user can host their device service based on Blues Wireless' open-source reference implementation.

To simplify evaluation, the Notecard can be used with Notecarrier to extend functionality such as embedded antennas, additional communications interfaces, and AA battery, solar, LiPo, or USB power.

Features
  • Secure:
    • Integrated STSAFE with hardware crypto
    • True hardware random number generator
    • Factory-installed ECC P-384 certificate provisioned at chip manufacture
  • Integrated Quectel cellular modem
  • Connectivity without the hassle of dealing with SSIDs, passwords, access points, gateways, carriers, or SIMs
  • Encrypted "off the internet" communication for secure transactions without provisioning challenges
  • PTCRB certified module
  • Supports an MCU or SBC as the app processor including low-memory, 8-bit MCUs
  • Global and North American options:
    • See cellular service for details
  • Simple:
    • JSON command interface over I2C, UART, or USB
    • Ability to connect a 3.3 V or 1.8 V MCU
    • Eliminates complex AT commands and state to manage
  • Integrated GPS LIS2DTW accelerometer for power-optimized location/motion awareness
  • Low power: designed to operate on battery power
    • Mostly offline data sync mode for low power and always-online mode for low latency
    • "Always-on" maintains time and location while drawing <8 µA (typ.) when idle
  • Bundled with 10 years and 500 MB of cellular data:
    • No cellular subscriptions, SIM fees, or monthly minimums apply
Applications
  • Asset tracking
  • Tank monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Warranty management
  • Remote controls
  • Product upsell
  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Safety and compliance
  • Smart cities, traffic, and parking
  • Cold chain monitoring
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Crop tracking

Notecard Cellular Modem SoMs

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionFor Use With/Related ProductsAvailable QuantityView Details
NOTECARD, LTE CAT 1 (N AMERICA)NOTE-WBNA-500NOTECARD, LTE CAT 1 (N AMERICA)EG91- NAX135 - ImmediateView Details
NOTECARD, LTE CAT 1 (EMEA)NOTE-WBEX-500NOTECARD, LTE CAT 1 (EMEA)EG91-EX135 - ImmediateView Details
NOTECARD, NB-IOT/LTE-M (GLOBAL)NOTE-NBGL-500NOTECARD, NB-IOT/LTE-M (GLOBAL)BG95-M3134 - ImmediateView Details
NOTECARD, LTE CAT M1 (N AMERICA)NOTE-NBNA-500NOTECARD, LTE CAT M1 (N AMERICA)BG95-M1130 - ImmediateView Details
Published: 2021-11-05