Stinger96 96Boards IoT Edition SBC from Shiratech for $168 Stinger96 runs Linux on STM32MP157 and offers an NB-IoT modem. The SGC is equipped with a $195 IoT box system that includes WiFi/BT, microphones and sensors. Shiratech joined Arrow and CT to distribute 500 SBC Stinger96 and Avenger 96.
Shiratech has published the specifications of the SBC 96 Extended Edition IoT boards called Stinger96, which are equipped with a Quectel BG96 LTE CAT-M1 radio station for NB-IoT communication. SBC runs under Linux on a Dual-Core Cortex-A7 STM32MP157 SoC from ST, which contains the Cortex-M4 kernel. Shiratech, a Linux-based SBC company, which also includes the SparkGate-7 Open IoT Gateway based on the SAMA5D3, has also released a $195 Stinger96-based IoT package, which includes a WiFi/BT module, a battery, microphones and an air quality sensor (see below).
Stinger96, front and rear
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You can get a free Stinger96 or STM32MP157 based SBC for $168 at Arrow, STMicroelectronics and Shiratech for $130 at Avenger96 if you subscribe to the new STM32MP1x 96Boards based SBC distribution program sponsored by Arrow, STMicroelectronics and Shiratech. Fill in a form with your preferences and a description of the project and you can receive one of the 500 free panels (see the link at the end).
The Avenger96 built by DH Electronics in sandwich construction for Arrow has an extended form factor of 96Boards CE. Unlike the new Stinger96 or ST devices based on the STM32MP1x, the Avenger96’s 100 x 85 mm computer module uses a version of the STM32MP157, which adds a 533 MHz Live 3D GPU and supports video with resolutions up to 1280 x 800 at 60 frames per second. Features include GbE, HDMI 1.4, Micro-USB OTG and 2x USB 2.0 host ports.
The STM32MP157 offers 650 MHz dual cortex A7 cores and a 209 MHz cortex M4 chip with FPU, MPU and DSP instructions. The SoC comes with an enhanced version of the same STM32Cube development tools used for other MCU ST Cortex-M4 products.
Stinger96 can be connected to other STM32MP1x-based boards such as Avenger96, emSBC Argon by Emtrion, Raspberry Pi-like Odyssey-STM32MP157C by Seeed, MYD-YA157C by MYIR and PanGu by i2SOM. Unlike all others, except Pangu, Stinger96 is a monolithic SBV, unlike COM-and-Carrier, a prototype in sandwich construction.
Stinger96 and block diagram
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Stinger96 joins several other IoT Edition 96Boards based on Linux : Orange Pi i96 based on RDA8810PL, Geniatech’s Snapdragon 410E based on Developer Board 4IoT and Arrow’s Microchip SAMA5D27 based on the $159 Shield96 trusted platform and the $139 Shield96 standard, which does not include Sequitur Labs’ EmSPARK Security Suite software. All these Linux models are included in our catalog of 136 hacker cards for Linux open-spec.
The other products on page 96Boards IoT Edition are non-Linux MCU boards: The flagship of the IoT edition was Seeed’s carbon, as well as the Pi Bpi96 NB-IoT banana, Rak Wireless’ WisTrio and Seeed’s nitrogen and IVY5661.
Stinger96 uses the IE Extended 96Boards IoT Edition 85 x 54 x 12 mm format. The IE specification also has a micro-standard form factor of 60 x 30 x 9 mm, which is mainly used in the Carbon and Orange Pi i96 models. These two boards and some other IE models use a 30-pin low-speed (LS) expansion connector. Others, such as Stinger96 and Shield96, use a 40-pin LS connector.
Just like the Banana Pi Bpi96 NB-IoT, the Stinger96 is designed for NB-IOT (NarrowBand Internet of Things) communication. This LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) wireless standard is a subset of LTE that uses only the 200 kHz low band. While the Bpi96 uses a Quectel BC-95-G modem for the NB-IoT, the Stinger96 integrates the Quectel BG96 modem, which also includes the closely related CAT-M1 broadband (or eMTC (Enhanced Machine Type Communication)) and supports EGPRS.
The Stinger96 Quectel BG96 can communicate up to 300 Kbps downstream and 375 Kbps upstream. The modem is also equipped with a GPS chip.
Stinger86 offers a Yocto Linux image for STM32MP157 supported by 256 MB RAM. You also get 1 GB of NAND, a microSD slot, a GbE port and a camera interface. Other features include 2x micro USB ports. One is used for sequential debugging and the other is an OTG port that can provide 5V power.
The specifications for the Stinger96 include
- Processor – ST STM32MP157 (2x 32-bit Cortex-A7 @ up to 650 MHz); Cortex-M4 with FPU/MPU @ up to 200 MHz; Safe start, reliability zone, intrusion protection
- Memory/storage :
- 256 MB OZU DDR3
- 708 KB WORKING MEMORY
- 1 GB NAND flash
- MicroSD lock
- Port GbE
- Quectel BG96 NB-IoT Modem with CAT-M1 and GPS via USB
- 2 and FL connections
- Micro-SIM lock
- Other inputs/outputs :
- Micro-USB 2.0 OTG connector
- Micro-USB serial debugging port
- JTAG (ST LINK)
- Camera Interface (DSMI 12 bit)
- Extension – Connection LS 96Boards 40-pin (1.8V interface) with 2 UART, 2 I2C, SPI, PCM, GPIO.
- Power supply – 5V input or via micro-USB OTG
- Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm (Extended Form Factor 96Boards IoT Edition)
- Operating system – Image Yocto Linux
Box of IoT
Shiratech’s IoT-Box, also known as the IoT-Box Stinger96 and SRT-IOT-CUBE-BOX, is designed to monitor air quality, voice sensors and other intelligent IoT applications for home and city use. The 97 x 97 x 14.5 system, which is available in different colours, is based on the Stinger96 with Quectel BG96 and adds the Murata LBEE5KL1DX module with WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1+EDR.
Shiratech IoT Box (left) and various color options
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The IoT-Box, which runs under Debian Linaro, is also equipped with an AMS CCS811 digital gas sensor and an external interface. Other features include 2x digital microphones (Infineon IM69D130) with XENSIV acoustic sensors and a 1AH rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Available interfaces include a micro-USB OTG connector for charging and communication, 2 optically isolated DI’s, 2 DO’s and 2 analogue inputs, and I2C, SPI and UART interfaces. Wall mounting is optional.
To request a free Stinger96 or Avenger96 card, please fill in the form on this 96Boards issue page, which will advise you: In order to have the best chance of getting a free bulletin board, please provide a detailed description of your proposed project. More information can be found in the announcement of the document.
Stinger96 is available for $167.65. More information is available on the websites of Shiratech Stinger96 and 96Boards Stinger96.
Shiratech’s IoT-Box, based on the Stinger96, is available for $195 at Arrow, where it is called the SRT-IOT-CUBE-BOX. More information can be found on the product page of the Shiratech IoT-Box.