Getting started with the Pico 2G Expansion

Getting started with the Pico 2G Expansion

A very good news for the lovers of Kickstarter and technology that the 2G expansion board for Raspberry Pi Pico has launched on Kickstarter. 

Raspberry Pi Pico 2G Expansion runs on the SIM868 that is a complete Quad-Band GSM/GPRS module that includes an onboard CH340 USB to UART converter, Voltage Level Translator (TXB0108PWR) of 8-Bit Bidirectional Voltage-Level Translator with Auto-Direction Sensing and 15-kV ESD Protection, SMA and IPEX Antenna Connector that covers the 850/900/1800/1900MHz frequency band, and an onboard 1.14" LCD, with auto multi-level repeating.

Pico 2G Expansion for Raspberry Pi Pico gained popularity amongst the tech-people because of its easy and efficient communication within an economical budget.

2G created a spark in the tech-communities with its power and ability to perform the communication in the best possible way. Pico 2G Expansion for Raspberry Pi Pico is one of the products that has recently been launched in the market by SB Components that already got people to get this product and build something better. We'll dismantle the Pico 2G Expansion for Raspberry Pi Pico in this post to learn more about it and examine its anatomy. Let's get started!!!Pico 2G Expansion

History of 2G

2G or second generation cellular network and was launched successfully commercially on the GSM standards in 1991. 2G technologies enabled the various networks to provide services such as text messages, picture messages, and MMS and multimedia messages. A lot of tech-enthusiasts create projects like smart cities in a cost-saving budget that has exponentially created the demand in the market. There are a lot of devices that are based on 2G to intensify the user experience with its efficiency and applications.

Need of the Hour of  Pico 2G Expansion

Device communication has become one of the best products on the market, gaining appeal among the public. Many people are investing their money in the development of smart devices in order to live more pleasantly. The Pico 2G expansion is a device that is the ideal combination of efficiency and power. For satellite navigation, it can be used in conjunction with GNSS (GPS/GLONASS/BDS) technology. You may use the UART, USB2.0, GPIO, and other interfaces on the Raspberry Pi Pico 2G Expansion to connect it to any other module.

Best Choice for Creators of  Pico 2G Expansion

The Raspberry Pi Pico 2G expansion is the best choice for creators when developing communication projects because of its ease of installation, flexibility, and high-quality user interface. SB Components developed Pico 2G expansion to Communicate with Quad-band GSM/GPRS + GNSS modules that enhance the quality of the work of the product. 

Enhancement of Technology with Pico 2G Expansion

There is a big community of Raspberry Pi users who want to change the world with their incredible products and gadgets based on Raspberry Pi. We understand the need of the hour that is why we came up with Pico 2G Expansion, an advanced communication solution in low power consumption. IoT technology has become popular because of its extraordinary applications and outputs. Pico 2G Expansion will help the users to build a system that would enhance the level of technology which will make the future brighter for the world.

Features of  Pico 2G Expansion

  • 1.14" LCD
  • GPRS multi-slot class: 12/10
  • Compliant GSM phase 2/2+: Class 4 (2W @ 850/900MHz)
  • Compliant GSM phase 2/2+: Class 1 (1W @ 1800/1900MHz)
  • Control via AT commands (3GPP TS 27.007, 27.005 & SIMCom enhanced AT Commands)
  • Low power consumption
  • Operation temperature: -40℃ ~ +85℃
  • GPRS mobile station class B
  • LED Indicators:
    • SIM868 : Power, PPS, Status, Network  
    • UART Tx and Rx
  • Serial/USB/SIM868 selection jumpers:
    • PICO to USB 
    • USB to SIM868
    • PICO to SIM868

Software Features of Pico 2G Expansion

  • 0710 MUX protocol
  • Embedded TCP/UDP protocol
  • MMS
  • DTMF
  • Jamming Detection
  • Audio Record
  • LBS*
  • SSL/TLS*
  • BT 3.0*
  • TTS*
  • EAT*

Specifications for GPRS DATA

  • GPRS class 12: Uplink/Downlink up to 85.6Kbps
  • PBCCH support
  • Coding schemes CS 1, 2, 3, 4
  • PPP-stack
  • USSD

Specification for SMS via GSM/GPRS

  • Point to point MO and MT
  • SMS cell broadcast
  • Text and PDU mode

Specification for GNSS

  • Receiver type
      • 33 tracking /99 acquisition - channel Sensitivity
      • Tracking: -167 dBm
      • Reacquisition: -161 dBm
      • Cold starts : -149 dBm
    •  Time-To-First-Fix
      • Cold starts: 28s (typ.)
      • Hot starts: <1s
      • Warm starts: 22s 
  • Accuracy
      • Horizontal position : <2.5m CEP

    Specifications for Voice

    • Speech Codec Modes - AMR/HR/FR/EFR
    • Echo Arithmetic - AEC/EES


    • Analog audio interface
    • UART
    • USB
    • (U)SIM card(1.8V / 3V )
    • Serial interface
    • Antenna: GSM/GNSS/BT*

    Application oi Pico 2G Expansion

    • Home Automation
    • Security Systems
    • Disaster Management 
    • Vehicle Tracking
    • Asset Tracking
    • Inventory Management System

    Pico 2G expansion Board - Kickstarter


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