April 11, 2022

Introducing the New Notecarrier-A

We just released a new Notecarrier with Qwiic ports, improved antennas, and a gorgeous black PCB.

Rob Lauer, Director of Developer Relations

I’m happy to introduce a new Notecarrier that will improve your experience developing wirelessly-connected IoT solutions with the Notecard (and frankly, it also just looks really cool).

To quote Apple’s Tim Cook, “I think you’re gonna love it."

Skip over to the Notecarrier-A datasheet, buy a Notecarrier-A, or read on for more details.

The Notecarrier, Now in Black

The Notecarrier-A maintains the same form factor as the previous Notecarrier-A line (i.e. the AL, AE, and AA). Rest assured if you were embedding any of these in your project, the Notecarrier-A will fit in perfectly.

Notecarrier-A with Wi-Fi Notecard

While the black Wi-Fi Notecard fits well into the new color scheme, the Cellular Notecard works with the new Notecarrier-A equally as well.

Aside from the dramatic black PCB, there are two other important changes in the Notecarrier-A:

Improved Antennas

The new Notecarrier-A has switched antennas from Pulse to the Ignion NN03-310. Why? Well this was one of the most critical pieces of feedback we received from customers: the GPS performance of the Pulse antenna just wasn’t adequate. With the new Ignion antennas, cellular performance is just as good as the pulse and the GPS performance has proven to be >= 5dB better in our testing. This results in faster GPS fixes, including improving TTFF (Time to First Fix) from what was > 120 seconds to < 60 seconds.

Notecarrier-A with Ignion antennas

Qwiic Ports

Everyone’s favorite peripheral connector is now on the Notecarrier-A! We’ve added two Qwiic ports to provide solder-free expansion of your IoT solution for communication over I2C.

Notecarrier-A with Qwiic ports

If you haven’t used them before, Qwiic connectors are daisy-chainable and polarized so you can be certain your connection is correct the first time.

What About Notecarrier-AL/AE/AA?

The new Notecarrier-A helps to simplify our offerings and is a replacement for the AL, AE, and AA Notecarriers. However, we will absolutely continue to support those Notecarriers going forward.

The Notecarrier-A retains the connectors on the back if you want to solder your own AA battery harness as well.

Next Steps

  1. You can read more technical details in the Notecarrier-A datasheet.
  2. Buy your own Notecarrier-A on the Blues Wireless store.

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