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 It’s us again!

We hope you enjoyed another serious bout of bad acting. It’s our last campaign – we promise. Now, down to the serious stuff. So why are we doing another Kickstarter campaign? Simply put we need your help to continue disrupting this industry!

We need the support of as many developers as possible to help bring this module to life at a launch price of €33! You see, we do not only take quality seriously at Pycom, we also want to launch our modules at low prices. For us cutting edge technology needs to be super affordable and we do so by some clever hardware design

Imagine your life without the headaches and risks of having to make a choice of networks before you have even installed those connected things. No need to just imagine it any longer.

Pycom’s back with another world first: This time it’s 5 freaking networks on one small board, the FiPy. We’re so excited about this next new step to making IoT even easier for you all.

Whats that ….FiPy? we hear you say. Simply put, we give you a 5 networks in one simple small, perfectly formed, same-foot-print-as-WiPy-and-LoPy hardware module at a price squeezed right down to €33 (early bird) and €49 after Kickstarter.

Goodbye “No Service”, Hello Full Control! 

Get on with a board that gives you full flexibility during testing, install, deployment and even later when you want to switch real-time your airtime network provider. You can switch when the time is right for you or set some parameters that will do so automatically. And then when you are done with all the exploring of what the FiPy can do for you, we bring you fresh new application boards (or shields as some may say) – Pysense and Pytrack to give your IoT applications a real boost.

Whether it’s a monitoring, managing or a controlling application, and whether it’s LoRa, Sigfox or cellular LTE-M… or WiFi or Bluetooth you want to use as network, the FiPy does it all for you. Equally, Pymakr and Pymate helps you get up and running fast, in a matter of hours in fact. Enough chatting, get your skates on. Here’s the juicy specs we hope you are now bursting with eagerness to read.

Tweet about the FiPy: http://ctt.ec/Uuq2m


FiPy at a glance

FiPy is the IoT development platform of the future (your future?).


360 view of the FiPy - ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)
360 view of the FiPy – ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)

• 5 networks: WiFi, BLE, cellular LTE-CAT M1/NB1, LoRa, and Sigfox
• Small form factor, same footprint as other Pycom boards
• Micropython enabled
• Pymakr and Pymate compatible
• All your apps from WiPy, LoPy and SiPy will work on FiPy too. Furthermore, you can mesh-network together ALL your pycom modules eg a LoPy can connect to a FiPy… cool right?
• Open source firmware





  • Espressif ESP32 SoC
  • Dual processor and WiFi+Bluetooth radio system on chip
  • Network processor handles the WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity and network stacks
  • Main processor is entirely free to run the user application
  • An extra ULP-coprocessor that can monitor GPIOs, the ADC channels and control most of the internal peripherals during deep-sleep mode while only consuming 25uA
  • Hardware floating point acceleration on both cores
  • Python multi-threading
  • RTC running @ 32KHz


  • 2 x UART, 2 x SPI, 2 x I2C, I2S, micro SD card
  • Analog channels: 8×12 bit ADCs, 2×8 bit DAC
  • 2×64 bit Timers
  • PWM with up to 16 channels
  • DMA on all peripherals
  • Up to 22 GPIO pins


  • Size: 55 x 20 x 3.5 mm
  • Operating temperature: -40 to 85 degrees Celsius
  • WS2812 RGB multi-colour LED
  • U.FL LoRa/Sigfox antenna connector
  • U.FL Cellular antenna connector
  • WS2812 RGB LED
  • Reset switch
  • Internal WiFi/Bluetooth antenna




  • 4 MB RAM
  • 8 MByte Flash


• SHA, MD5, DES, AES (hardware accelerated)
• SSL/TLS support (up to TLS 1.2)
• WPA Enterprise security


Enterprise grade means CE and FCC as a minimum. Network certification is a given for long-lifecycle IoT solutions to ensure stable connectivity.

• CE
• Sigfox network certification
• LoRa Alliance certification
• LTE-M CAT M1/NB1 cellular –  global networks


Which LPWAN network will win….? Almost every day you’ll find another article debating their respective technical merits.

NOW: Gone are the days of LoRa vs LTE-M vs Sigfox. Here are the days of “I don’t need to chose now, I can choose later so get me going now!”.
You can pick from one or several of the 5 networks on the FiiiivePy (sorry, we mean FiPy).


LoRa Networking

An open source LPWAN communications technology that enables low cost private networking as well as shared network deployments .

Operating Frequencies– 868 MHz (Europe) at +14dBm maximum– 915 MHz (North and South America, Australia and New Zealand) at +20dBm maximum

Power consumption: 10mA Rx, 28mA Tx

LoRaWAN stack – Class A and C devices

LoRa Range Specification 

  • Node range: Up to 40km
  • Nano-Gateway: Up to 22km (Capacity up to 100 nodes)

Sigfox Networking

A global IoT network operator through 26 extensive global partnerships

Sigfox Specification

  • Class 0 device
  • Maximum Tx power:
    – +14dBm (Europe)
    – +22dBm (America)
    – +22dBm (Australia and New Zealand)

Range– Node range: Up to 50km
– Sigfox pre-certified

– Sigfox (Europe): 17mA in Rx mode, 47mA in Tx mode and 0.5uA in standby
– Sigfox (Australia, New Zealand and South America): 24mA in Rx mode, 257 mA in Tx mode and 0.5uA in standby

Sigfox Range Specification
Node range: Up to 50km Sigfox Operating Frequencies
– RCZ1 – 868MHz (Europe)
– RCZ2 – 902MHz (US, Canada and Mexico)
– RCZ3 – (Japan and Korea)
– RCZ4 – 920 – 922MHz (ANZ, Latin America and S-E Asia)

LTE-M Networking

A cellular communications technology that leverages existing infrastructure with potential to roll out at the flick of a switch.

Operating frequencies
– 34 bands supported from 699Mhz to 2690Mhz (Total world-wide support)

LTE-M Specification

  • One Single Chip for both Cat M1 and NB1 (yes, only one chip) which enables access to all global LTE-M networks
  • 3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro
  • Supports narrowband LTE UE categories M1/NB1
  • Integrated baseband, RF, RAM memory, and power management
  • Reduced Tx power class option

Peak power estimations:

TX current = 420mA peak @1.5Watt RX current = 330mA peak @1.2Watt

Important Note: FiPy will have LTE-M CAT M1 from the onset and NB1 will be delivered as a firmware update during Q2.

We are in advanced discussions with various suitable cellular network providers for worldwide deployment.

LTE-M CAT M1 and NB1 network operator contenders include Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Vodafone, Proximus, KPN, and Orange.

Data Rates

  • 300 kbps DL
  • 375 kbps UL (LTE Cat M1 in 1.4 MHz, HD-FDD)
  • 40 kbps DL
  • 55 kbps UL (LTE Cat M2 in 200 kHz, HD-FDD)

Global LTE-M Network Roll-Out

According to the GSMA and confirmed by the various partners we are in negotiations with, commercial launches of LTE-M networks will take place globally in 2017. All the world’s major operators have put together an LTE-M Task Force to:

• Facilitate demonstrations and proof of concept trials which strengthen the LTE-M solution to meet LPWA requirements

• Lead industry partners and the ecosystem to build a strong end-to-end industry chain for LTE-M growth, development and deployment

• Reduce complexity of LTE-M device introduction

• Drive and proliferate LTE-M applications in vertical markets for new business opportunities

• Promote collaboration between all LTE-M industry partners to ensure interoperability of solutions Participating operators, many of whom are already customers of Pycom, include:

AT&T Mobility Bell Mobility Bermuda Digital Communications China Mobile China Telecom China Unicom Etisalat KDDI Corporation KT Corporation NTT Docomo Orange SingTel Mobile Singapore Telecom Italia Telefónica Telenor Group TeliaSonera Telstra T-Mobile Austria Verizon Wireless Vodafone .

Vodafone has said it will launch its first narrowband IoT (for NB1, which is also referred to as Cat-NB1) networks in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain in the first quarter of 2017.

AT&T switched on North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site in San Francisco in October 2016 and is expected to roll out starting in 2017.

Verizon will be introducing LTE CAT-M across its network by the end of 2016 .

Orange announced that it will implement two new narrowband Internet-of-Things technologies, Narrow Band-IoT(NB-IoT) and LTE-M on its mobile network throughout 2017.

Telstra has announced support for Category 1 (Cat 1) devices on its LTE network. Cat 1 will be closely followed by the introduction of both Cat-M technologies.

There are lots more activities happening but only a few in the open domain. We will keep everyone posted on progress with each of our parnters as soon as we’re able to.

Wifi Networking

Up to 1km, super long range WiFi is, as you already know, great for all sorts of things and may we say, is your excellent backhaul friend in a nano-gateway scenario.

– 802.11b/g/n 16mbps

WiFi Range Up to 1km

Bluetooth Networking

Bluetooth is a short range communications protocol, ideal for wearables and other close range applications.

– Low energy and classic

Bluetooth specification details

• Compliant with Bluetooth v4.2 BR/EDR and BLE specification
• Class-1, class-2 and class-3 transmitter without external power amplifier
• Enhanced power control • +10 dBm transmitting power
• NZIF receiver with -98 dBm sensitivity
• Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH)
• Standard HCI based on SDIO/SPI/UART
• High speed UART HCI, up to 4 Mbps
• BT 4.2 controller and host stack
• Service Discover Protocol (SDP)
• General Access Profile (GAP)
• Security Manage Protocol (SMP)
• Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
• All GATT-based profile supported
• SPP-Like GATT-based profile
• BLE Beacon
• CVSD and SBC for audio codec
• Bluetooth Piconet and Scatternet

So, when you add all that up, you’ll get to a point where you are probably thinking….MESH. I can mesh that…. and you can! We’ll say no more.

Pycom Board Accessories

Imagine a shield which you can use with any of your Pycom multi-network modules. This is what we give you with Pysense and Pytrack – a leg up to get you off to a great start really quickly. These little fellows fit all Pycom boards and each contain a number of sensors.



FiPy on Pysense
FiPy on Pysense

Sensors include:

– Ambient light sensor
– Barometric Pressure sensor
– Humidity sensor
– 3 axis 12-bit accelerometer
– Temperature sensor

Other features include: 
– a USB port with serial access
– LiPo battery charger
– MicroSD card
– Ultra low power operation (~1uA in deep sleep)

360 view of Pysense - ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)
360 view of Pysense – ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)


Mechanical Details

Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 x 1.0 cm Weight: 50 g



FiPy on Pytrack
FiPy on Pytrack

Sensors include: 
– A super accurate GNSS + Glonass GPS
– 3 axis 12-bit accelerometer

360 view of Pytrack - ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)
360 view of Pytrack – ACTUAL PRODUCT (Not a rendering)


Other features include:

– An USB port with serial access
– LiPo battery charger
– MicroSD card
– Ultra low power operation (~1uA in deep sleep)

Location services supported 
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS.

Pymakr IDE

FiPy is compatible with our well-known free open source Pymakr IDE that you would know if you’ve been hacking on WiPy or LoPy. It’s there to help you hack in Micropython, significantly shortening your development time. We reckon you can be up and running, sensing and gathering data within a couple of hours from receiving your pledge…pretty awesome, right?

Pymate Mobile App

FiPy is also compatible with our one-handed-operations free Pymate mobile app. which is now available for iOS and Android. Within minutes you can see your data and manage your device from your mobile…so cool!


Crafted by a group of Pycom back-end experts the Pybytes platform will be everything there needs to be in place to gather, organise and display your data FREE OF CHARGE in the cloud. Regardless of whether you are a company, IoT system architect, or an ambitious tech hobbyist we’ll soon get you connected.

FiPy Partners

Partnership’s like a marriage, right? It’s not just about the looks or the fun we have when things are good. But about our joint value set, how we can help each other grow, a shared vision and aligned culture.

Pycom cannot embark on a inventors journey with partners who do not appreciate the value of ‘not settling for compromise’, for whom integrity is just a marketing term and who does not see that creativity for us translates into many skill sets.

We are passionate and optimistic – they must be too. Together we make the magic happen, like any good marriage.

Espressif ESP32 (WiFi and BLE) Vanguard and from-our-point-of-view PIONEERING, Shanghai based fabless manufacturer of the much acclaimed ESP8266 and now ESP32 chips. Espressif is a close partner and minority investor in Pycom which explains the very intimate working relationship and early arrival of ESP32 based stock with Pycom.

Sequans MONARCH (LTE-M) Sequans Communications is another fabless chipmaker and leading provider of 4G and single-mode LTE chipset solutions. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in networks around the world.

Semtech Corporation is the home of LoRa. Founded in 1960 with over 1200 employees based in 31 locations. By combining LoRa RF transceiver products with LoRa concentrator gateway, you can create networks with longer ranges and the capacity to handle millions of devices.

Texas Instruments. A well-known global semiconductor company operating in 35 countries, Texas Instruments (TI) and Pycom have had a close relationship since our launch with them at CES, Las Vegas Jan 2016. We have had particularly strong support from the Software Development Tools and Low Power Connectivity teams at TI ever since WiPy1.0 and have worked with them to bring the Sigfox integration to SiPy and FiPy.

Project Timeline

Expected to ship April 2017


Standard 1-year manufacturers’ warranty.


We’re super grateful to everybody helped us get this far. We have an ace team at Pycom, a fantastic community of developers and some great partners to all of whom we are mind-numbingly thankful.

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