BG95-M3 Zero

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BG95-M3 Zero
BG95-M3 Zero.jpg
EC200U-EU C4-P01
EC200U-EU-C4-P01.jpg
EC200U-AU C4-P01
EC200U-EU-C4-P01.jpg

QuecPython Development Board
USB, I/O, RPi
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Overview

Introduction

The BG95-M3 Zero development board is equipped with BG95-M3 module, which is a multi-mode LPWA module supporting LTE Cat M1 / LTE Cat NB2 / EGPRS. It is 3GPP Rel-14 compliant and offers maximum data rate of 588 kbps downlink and 1119 kbps uplink under LTE Cat M1. Features ultra-low power consumption with built-in MCP as well as the ARMCortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX.

Features

  • Equipped with BG95-M3 main module, supports LTE Cat M1 / LTE Cat NB2 / EGPRS networking, applicable across global regions.
  • Onboard 40PIN GPIO header, compatible with most Raspberry Pi HATs.
  • 5 LEDs for indicating module operating status.
  • Onboard Type-C port for easy development with just a USB Type-C cable.
  • Supports PPP, TCP, UDP, SSL, TLS, FTP(S), HTTP(S), NITZ, PING, MQTT, LwM2M, CoAP, IPv6 protocols, etc.
  • Supports GNSS positioning (GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS).
  • Onboard Nano SIM card slot, supports 1.8V SIM card, and is designed near the edge of the board for easy insertion and removal of SIM card.
  • Onboard MIPI interface, support MIPI screen and Raspberry Pi peripheral devices.
  • Onboard camera interface, support customized SPI camera with up to 30MP.
  • Provides tools such as QPYcom, Thonny IDE plugin, and VSCode plugin, etc. for easy learning and development.
  • Comes with online development resources and manual (example in QuecPython).

Parameters

Model BG95-M3 EC200U-EU EC200U-AU
Applicable Region Global Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil Australia/Latin America
FREQUENCY BAND
LTE-FDD Cat M1: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13,
B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B27, B28, B66, B85
Cat NB2: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12,
B13, B18, B19, B20, B25, B28, B66, B71, B85
B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20, B28 B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B28, B66
LTE-TDD N/A B38, B40, B41
GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz GSM: B2, B3, B5, B8
GNSS GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS
Bluetooth N/A Bluetooth 4.2 (BR/EDR)
Wi-Fi Scan N/A 2.4 GHz 11b (Rx)
DATA TRANSMISSION
CAT 1 N/A LTE-FDD: DL 10 Mbps; UL 5 Mbps
LTE-TDD: DL 8.96 Mbps; UL 3.1 Mbps
NB-IoT Cat NB2: DL 127 Kbps; UL 158.5 KbpsCat
NB1: DL 32 Kbps; UL 70 Kbps
N/A
Cat-M DL 588 Kbps; UL 1119 Kbps N/A
GSM / GPRS / EDGE EDGE: DL 296 Kbps; UL 236.8 Kbps
GPRS: DL 107 Kbps; UL 85.6 Kbps
GSM: DL 85.6 Kbps; UL 85.6 Kbps
OTHERS
Type-C USB Port Supports AT commands testing, GNSS positioning, firmware upgrading, etc.
Communication Protocol PPP, TCP, UDP, SSL, TLS, FTP(S),HTTP(S),
NITZ, PING, MQTT, LwM2M, CoAP, IPv6
TCP, UDP, PPP, NITZ, PING, FILE, MQTT, NTP, HTTP, HTTPS, SSL, FTP, FTPS, CMUX, MMS
SIM Card Nano SIM card (supports 1.8V only) Nano SIM and eSIM, dual card single standby
Indicator SIM_CHK: lights up when a SIM card is inserted into the card slot
NET: Network indicator
PSM: Sleep indicator
PWM: PWM function indicator
PWR: Power indicator
P01: Module Pin 1, default as EC200A-XX PWM0
P05: Module Pin 5, NET_MODE indicator
SCK1: SIM1 detection indicator, lights up when SIM1 card is inserted
SCK2: SIM2 detection indicator, lights up when SIM2 card is inserted
PWR: Power indicator
Buttons PWK: Power ON/OFF
PON: PSM wake-up
BOOT: Forcing into firmware burning mode
USB ON/OFF: USB power consumption detection switch
PWK: Power ON/OFF
RST: Reset
BOOT: Forcing into firmware burning mode
USB ON/OFF: USB power consumption detection switch
Antenna Connectors LTE main antenna + DIV antenna + GNSS antenna LTE main antenna + DIV / WIFI (scanning only) / Bluetooth antenna + GNSS antenna
Operating Temperature -30 ~ 75°C
Storage Temperature -45 ~ 90°C

Pinout Definition

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Qpycom Development

Hardware Preparation

  • Power Supply: Connect the development board to the USB interface of the PC with a USB Type-C cable.
  • Short the two pins of PWR_AUTO, the board auto turns on after supplying power, or long press the PWR button to boot upon supplying power. It is recommended that the time interval between power-on and pressing the PWR button is not less than 30ms.
  • After following the above steps, wait for the power indicator PWR on the board to light up.

Driver Installation

  • Download and unzip the driver. Find "setup.exe" or "setup.bat", and double-click on it to run. After installation, opening Device Manager will show that the yellow exclamation mark on the "Ports" in "Device Manager" has disappeared, indicating successful installation and normal communication capability.
  • It is normal that the Mobile ECM Network Adapter or CDC Ethernet Control Modle (ECM) is not recognized, which will not affect the firmware programming or development.
  • Right-click on "This PC", and select "Manager" -> "Device Manager" -> "Ports (COM&LPT)".
  • Following the steps as shown in the figure, if you can refresh and see serial ports starting with "Quectel USB" in the list, it indicates the successful installation of the USB drivers:

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Download QPYcom

Development using QuecPython requires the use of a dedicated development and debugging tool - QPYcom, including but not limited to debugging code, analyzing logs, file transfer, burning firmware, merging firmware, etc.

Please download QPYcom. After decompression, double-click the Qpycom.exe file to open it. No installation is required.

Download and Flash Firmware

The module typically comes with standard AT firmware or QuecOpen firmware at the factory. If you want to develop based on QuecPython, you'll need to manually flash it with the dedicated QuecPython firmware.
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  • Get the Firmware

Click on the download button in the download column. Upon successful download, you will get a compressed file (zip package) named after the firmware name. You'll need to extract this file. After extraction, you'll obtain two files: one in mbn format, which is the QuecPython firmware for BG95-M3, and the other in md format, which is the update log.

  • Create Project

Firstly, ensure that the module is connected properly and powered on. Open the QPYcom tool and navigate to the download page. Click on "Create Project" to create a new firmware project, name the project and then save it after configuration.

  • Select Firmware

Select the firmware to be downloaded (please select the one according to your module), and the unzipped PAC file is for EC200U-XX series modules.

  • Set Download Mode
  • Click on the dropdown arrow to the right of "Download script" and select "Download FW" from the options.
  • Flash Firmware

After clicking "Download FW," the firmware download process will begin. You'll see a progress bar and percentage display indicating the progress. Wait for the download to complete, and a pop-up window will notify you of successful download. For certain firmware like BC25, you may need to open the firmware download serial port before clicking "Download FW." If you click directly, it will prompt you to open the serial port.

Entry Test

Edit the First Script

Create helloworld.py file and output "hello world", print "hello world", and the script as shown below:

print("hello world")

Download the above file to the module and then run it on the QPYcom.
QPYcom hello.jpg

File Transmission Between PC and Module

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  • Step 1: Open Serial Port

Select the module's COM port and click the "Open Port" button.

  • Step 2: Download via the Tool Buttons

You can upload and delete files using the "+" and "-" buttons at the top right of the file page.

  • Step 3: Download via Drag-and-Drop

You can also drag and drop local files displayed on the left side of the file page directly into the module on the right side (you can also drag and drop folders).

  • Step 4: Download Progress and Result

During the download process, the status bar will display the file name being downloaded and the progress.

Execute the Script

  • Step 1: Download the script.

Download the script file to be executed to the module following the above steps.

  • Step 2: Run the script through repl.

After opening the serial port, execute the script file by entering the following code in the QPYcom interaction page.

import example
example.exec("/usr/helloworld.py") # filePath is the path of the file to run
  • Step 3: Execute the script through GUI tool.

You can also execute script files through the QPYcom file page. In the tool's file page, select the script file you want to execute, then click the "▷" button. The result will be displayed as shown in the image.
QPYcom repl hello.png

Relay Connection Test

  • Hardware connection:

Connect the development board and the RPi Relay Board through 40PIN GPIO pins, and then connect the development board to the PC with a USB cable, as shown below:
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  • Download the demo to the development board, run it and then the three relays will flip one by one.

Qucelpython relay.png

Resource

Demo

Software

Datasheet

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