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LoRa-E5 Wireless Module (bulk) - STM32WLE5JC, ARM Cortex-M4 and SX126x embedded, supports LoRaWAN on EU868 & US915

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LoRa-E5 LoRa module is designed with ST system-level package chip STM32WLE5JC, ARM Cortex M4 ultra-low-power MCU and LoRa SX126X. It supports (G)FSK mode and LoRa. 62.5kHz, 125kHz, 250kHz, and 500kHz bandwidth can be used in LoRa® mode, making it suitable for the design of various IoT nodes, supporting EU868 and US915.

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Special note

This is the Bulk package version, we will deliver any quantity of modules independently in bulk. If you prefer like shipping the modules in tape reel, please refer to the Tape Reel version

Note

Please note that the newly released LoRa-E5 CAN Development kit is based on the LoRa-E5 module with a built-in CAN controller MCP2515 and supports CAN FD, CAN2.0, and RS485 communication. It is a good tool for both LoRa sensor network management and Car Hacking. 

Features

    • Ultra-low Power Consumption: as low as 2.1uA sleep current (WOR mode)
    • Extremely Compacted Size: 12mm * 12mm * 2.5mm 28 pins SMT  
    • High Performance: [email protected]/915MHz; -136.5dBm sensitivity for SF12 with 125KHz BW
    • Long Distance Use: 158dB link budget
    • Wireless Connectivity: Embedded LoRaWAN® protocol, AT command, support global LoRaWAN® frequency plan
    • Worldwide Compatibility: wide frequency range; EU868/US915/AU915/AS923/KR920/IN865
    • Great Flexibility: For users who want to develop software on the MCU of the module, other GPIOs of the MCU can be easily manipulated, including UART, I2C, ADC, etc. These rich GPIO interfaces are useful for users who need to expand peripherals.
    • FCC and CE Certified

 
This LoRa E5 module is designed with industrial standards, hence it's highly suitable to be used in designing industrial IoT products, with a wide working temperature at -40℃ ~ 85℃.

LoRa-E5 is a low-cost, ultra-low power, extremely compact, and high-performance LoRa Module designed by Seeed Technology Co., Ltd. It contains ST system-level package chip STM32WLE5JC, and this STM32WL module is the first SoC integrated with the combo of LoRa RF and MCU chip. This module is also embedded with ARM Cortex M4 ultra-low-power MCU and LoRa SX126X and therefore supports (G)FSK mode and LoRa.

 

The previous versions of the LoRaWAN module all require additional use of MCU (Microcontroller) to run the application code. Now, you can directly and immediately put the LoRa-E5 STM32WLE5JC Module into use to complete this process without the hustle of additional accessories. With the Stamp Hole form factor, LoRa-E5 enables you to integrate this module on your device’s mainboard conveniently. You don’t need to waste time and effort on designing your own device from scratch with the use of MCU and LoRa chip. Moreover, the module has already been certificated, so your completed device can be certified and approved by any agency cheaply and rapidly. Thanks to the innovative design, LoRa-E5 has a comparatively lower cost than other LoRaWAN modules. This will greatly save your budget in the whole process of product design. 

 

LoRa-E5 LoRaWAN® module is highly suitable for long-distance, ultra-low-power applications such as smart agriculture, smart city, wireless meter reading, sensor networks, wireless communication, and other low-power wide-area IoT scenarios. If you want a module to design your own LoRaWAN sensor, to construct IoT nodes, or to support any wireless communication applications, LoRa-E5 is the premium choice that provides you with an optimal user experience.

 

Seeed is the official ST Authorized Partner to bring you STMicroelectronics solutions from Modules to Development Boards, one-stop prototyping services with Seeed Fusion, and integration customization.

If you are not quite familiar with LoRa and would like to learn more about it including what is LoRa? How does LoRa function? What are the pros and cons of LoRa? LoRa and LoRaWAN, LoRa network architecture, and applications of LoRa, etc.,  please check out this article LoRapedia, which introduces LoRa and LoRaWAN in detail

Applications

  • Works for LoRaWAN sensor nodes and any wireless communication application.
  • Wireless Meter Reading, IoT Nodes,for Sensor Network, other low power wide area IoT scenarios

Would like to learn more about the application scenarios of LoRa technologies? Please check out the following real-world use cases of Seeed  Industrial-grade LoRa devices - the SenseCAP LoRaWAN series. 
 

Since SenseCAP LoRaWAN series products are targeting environmental-monitoring, especially in outdoor scenarios, such as smart agriculture, smart city, etc., the above use cases are mainly in these fields. There are many fields to explore scenarios such as smart metering for water, electricity, & gas; and smart homes, and other applications that need low-power, long-range remote monitoring. After designing your own LoRa devices with this LoRa-E5 module, you can get your designs verified quickly with Seeed Fusion PCB and PCBA services, which can help turn your designs into prototypes in a few days. And when the design is verified, Seeed agile manufacturing services will help you scale up the prototypes into mass production, with services from Design for Manufacturing, procuring raw materials, to mass production and global shipment, and many services in between. Contact us at iot[at]seeed[dot]cc should you have any questions or need further info. 

 

Application Note

For more detailed information about how to use this LoRa module, please visit LoRa-E5 (STM32WLE5JC) Module Wiki.

 

1. Factory AT Firmware

LoRa-E5 series has a built-in AT command firmware, which supports LoRaWAN Class A/B/C protocol and a wide frequency plan: EU868/US915/AU915/AS923/KR920/IN865. With this AT command firmware, developers can easily and quickly build their prototype or application.


The AT command firmware contains a bootloader for DFU and the AT application. The "PB13/SPI_SCK/BOOT" pin is used to control LoRa-E5 to stay in the bootloader or jump to the AT application. When PB13 is HIGH, the module will jump to AT application after reset, with a default baud rate of 9600. When PB13 is LOW (press the "Boot" button on LoRa-E5 Dev Board or LoRa-E5 mini), the module will stay in the bootloader, and keep transmitting "C" character every 1S at baud rate 115200.

   

Attention

1. Factory AT Firmware is programmed with RDP(Read Protection) Level 1, developers need to remove RDP first with STM32Cube Programmer. Note that regression RDP to level 0 will cause a flash memory mass to erase and the Factory AT Firmware can't be restored again.

2. The "PB13/SPI_SCK/BOOT" pin on the LoRa-E5 module is just a normal GPIO, not the "BOOT0" pin of the MCU. This "PB13/SPI_SCK/BOOT" pin is used in the bootloader of the Factory AT firmware, to decide to jump to APP or stay in bootloader(for DFU). The real "BOOT0" pin doesn't pinout to the module, so developers need to be careful when developing low-power applications.

2. Clock Configuration

    2.1 HSE

  • 32MHz TCXO

  • TCXO power supply: PB0-VDD_TCXO

    2.2 LSE

  • 32.768KHz crystal oscillator


3. RF Switch

LoRa-E5 module ONLY transmits through RFO_HP:

  • Receive: PA4=1, PA5=0

  • Transmit(high output power, SMPS mode): PA4=0, PA5=1

Specifications

ITEMsParameterSpecificationsUnit  
Core MCU ARM Cortex M4
Storage 256KB Flash, 64KB SRAM KB
Structure Size 12(W)*12(L)*2.5(H) mm
Package 28 pins, SMT
Electrical Characteristics power supply 3.3V type V
Minimum sleep current 2.1uA(SOC) uA
Operation current (Transmitter+MCU) 50mA @10dBm in 434MHz type mA
111mA @22dBm in 470MHz type
111mA @22dBm in 868MHz type
Operation current (Receiver+MCU) 6.7mA @BW125kHz, 868MHz type mA
6.7mA @BW125kHz, 434MHz type
6.7mA @BW125kHz, 470MHz type
Output power 10dBm max @434MHz dBm
22dBm max @470MHz
22dBm max @868MHz
Sensitivity @SF12, BW125kHz dBm
Fr(MHz) min type max
434 - -134.5 -136
470 - -136.5 -137.5
868 - -135 -137
Harmonics < -36dBm below 1GHz dBm
< -40dBm above 1GHz dBm
Interface RFIO RF port
UART 3 group of UART, include 2 pins
I2C 1 group of I2C, include 2 pins
ADC 1 ADC Input, include 1 pins, 12-bit 1Msps
NRST Manual reset pin input
SPI 1 group of SPI, include 4 pins

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Please click here to contact us if you need any further information on Seeed IIoT products and services. We are excited to see you can scale up and expand your business with our products and services. 

Note

We has recently released the LoRa-E5 Series based on LoRa-E5 module. Click here to meet new members of the LoRa-E5 family from the Grove module, mini Dev boards to Development Kit.

ECCN/HTS

HSCODE 8517709000
USHSCODE 8517180050
UPC
FCC 1
CE 1

LEARN AND DOCUMENTS

Learn

The Open Air Monitor is a solar-powered, outdoor air quality monitor that transmits data over LoRaWAN networks. LoRa-E5 plays a central role in this process.
Let's see how Eivind made a LoRa E5-based device that can measure the amount of snow on the ground.
William Dillon and his team have been working on a project for many years to develop cost-effective sensors to measure the quantity, temperature, and quality of stream runoff over the course of a year. Existing sensors cannot be cheap and powerful at the same time. And Seeed LoRa E5 becomes an excellent choice.
This project is intended to provide an insight into the air quality within a room or house or even office, making use of an IAQ sensor with AI capabilities.
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This is LoRa-E5 Module's wiki page, where you can find detailed info about the product, including its specifications, datasheet, how to use the product, etc.
Explore exciting new applications and expand LoRa-E5’s capabilities with new Zephyr support. Find the complete software and hardware documentation on Zephyr Project website.
HAL, Low-Layer APIs and CMSIS, File system, RTOS, KMS, Secure Engine, Sub-GHz Phy, LoRaWAN and Sigfox stacks - and examples running on ST boards
A nanoFramework + Seeed LoRa-E5 module based LoRaWAN client. Tested on The Things Network (TTN) and The Things Industries(TTI)

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