4 New Arduino MKR Board You Must Know

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Arduino is all time favorite for most of the developers and builders in the maker community. Reasons being – it is open source, easily available, huge community support and a lot of good tutorials, projects, and documentation available. Most of us at some point of time would have started with Arduino Uno or similar basic boards and by adding shields and breakout boards we have enhanced the basic board functionality to whatever we wanted. In this post, we will discuss Arduino MKR family boards which combine common functionalities for development needs.

With the ever-growing popularity in IoT domain and competition to build ready to use products which can support new connectivity options such as cellular connectivity, LoRa & SigFox long range low power connectivity, mesh etc. Many players are trying to build really good development kit like PyCOM FiPy – 5 connectivity in a single board, Particle Mesh – mesh network of many devices etc.

To satisfy the need of the market, Arduino has also launched 4 new development kit with in-built connectivity to ease the development of connected hardware product. The 4 new boards from Arduino are –


MKR FOX 1200 combines the functionality of Arduino Zero and SigFox connectivity. It is the ideal solution for makers wanting to design IoT projects with minimal previous experience in networking having a low power device.


MKR WAN 1300 combines the functionality of Arduino Zero and LoRa connectivity. It has been designed to offer a practical and cost-effective solution for makers seeking to add Lo-Ra connectivity to their projects with minimal previous experience in networking.


MKR GSM 1400 combines the functionality of Arduino Zero and global GSM connectivity. The GSM module attached to the board supports GSM’s range 880/915 MHz.


MKR WIFI 1010 combines the functionality of Arduino Zero and Wifi. It has ESP32 wifi module made by U-BLOX which provides a significant improvement over MKR WIFI 1000 board in terms of prototyping and low power consumption.

All the above board provides the common functionality of Arduino Zero board, a good 32 bit computational, the usual rich set of I/O interfaces and the ease of use of the Arduino Software (IDE) for code development and programming.

Arduino is planning to launch a new board in MKR family to support the need of the market. It is MKR NB 1500  for supporting NB-IoT (Narrow Band IoT).


Also, read –

Electronic DIY Project – Understanding Arduino Board




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