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Unboxing The u-blox SARA-R5 Evaluation Kit

In this episode of TechVentures, Lazina walks us through how to started with the LTE-M and NB-IOT module from u-blox: the SARA-R5 Evaluation Kit.

What is the SARA-R5 Series Module?

The SARA-R5 series, developed by u-blox, is an LTE-M / NB-IoT module with Secure Cloud.
This LTE-M and NB-IoT module supports a comprehensive set of 3GPP Rel. 14 features that are relevant for IoT applications such as:

  • Improvements to power consumption
  • Coverage
  • Data rate
  • Mobility
  • Positioning

Evaluation Board: SARA-R510M8S

The module on this evaluation board is the u-blox SARA-R510M8S, which features multiple variants. The one in particular featured in this TechVentures video consists of:

  • An integrated u-blox M8 GNSS receiver chip
  • A separate GNSS antenna interface

If you’re not particularly interested in the GNSS receiver, there are other variants in this SARA-R5 product series that offer the same functionalities without the GNSS receiver.

Learn more: u-blox SARA-R5 Series Module

u-blox SARA-R5 Evaluation Board

The full u-blox SARA-R5 Evaluation Kit includes:

  • USB cable
  • 1 cellular LTE antenna made by Taoglas
  • 1 GPS/GLONASS antenna
  • Power adapter with the different interfaces for use in different regions
  • Evaluation Board
The SARA-R5 Evaluation Board is made up of three boards:

1.            The lower one, called EVB-WL3, which contains the power supply and other peripherals for the u-blox SARA-R5 series cellular module (such as SIM card holder, reset button and power switch).

2.            The cellular adapter board, called ADP-R5, which contains the u-blox SARA-R5 cellular module and connectors to access the cellular module interfaces.

These are antenna connectors for the cellular RF interface and the GNSS RF interface of the SARA-R5.

3.            The GNSS adapter board, called ADP-GNSS, which contains the u-blox NEO-M8N GNSS module.

This board features a GNSS antenna connector and the USB connector for the module.

u-blox SARA-R5 Module Block Diagram

Related Documentation

u-blox EVK-R5 User Guide

SARA-R5 Product Summary

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