Basics: Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board – How to flash another firmware

Basics: Project 105b

Project name: SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board – How to flash another firmware

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1. SIM900A GSM GPRS mini module 1 pc

SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

2. Breadboard 1 pc

medium breadboard

3. Jumper cables F-M, M-M

jumper cables

4. USB to TTL/Serial adaptor/converter 1 pc

USB to TTL converters
USB to TTL converters

5. Standard SIM card 1pc

sim card sizes

6. SIM card size adapter (optional) 1 pc

sim card adapter

General

We will learn how to change or upload new firmware to SIM900A GSM GPRS min board with USB to TTL converter. In this project we will show you how to make from SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board quad band SIM900 GSM GPRS mini board. It’s valid for 64 bit versions only.

Understanding the USB to TTL converter

You can read more about it here.

Understanding the SIM900A GSM GPRS module

You can read more about it here.

Signals and connections of the USB to TTL converter

You can read more about it here.

Signals and connections of the SIM900A GSM GPRS module

SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

RS232 RXD – RS232 receive pin

RS232 TXD – RS232 transmit pin

5VT – 5V TXD transmit pin

5VR – 5V RXD receive pin

3VT – 3V3 TXD (SIMT) transmit pin

3VR – 3V3 RXD (SIMR) receive pin

GND – ground pin

VCC – power supply 5V pin

SIM900A pinout

sim 900a pinout
  • VBAT – 3 VBAT pins are dedicated to connect the supply voltage. The power supply of SIM900A has to be a single voltage source of VBAT= 3.4V…4.5V. It must be able to provide sufficient current in a transmit burst which is typically rises to 2A
  • VRTC – Current input for RTC when the battery is not supplied for the system. Current output for backup battery when the main battery is present and the backup battery is in low voltage state. If the RTC function is enabled, a battery or capacitor should be connected with the VRTC pin. Otherwise the VRTC pin can be keep open.
  • VDD_EXT – 2.8V output power supply. If unused, keep open.
  • GND – Ground
  • PWRKEY – Voltage input for PWRKEY. PWRKEY should be pulled low to power on or power off the system. The user should keep pressing the key for a short time when power on or power off the system because the system need margin time in order to assert the software. It is already pulled up.
  • PWRKEY_OUT – Connecting PWRKEY and PWRKEY_OUT for a short time then release also can power on or power off the module.
  • MIC_P MIC_N – Positive and negative voice band input. If unused keep open
  • SPK_P SPK_N – Positive and negative voice band output
  • LINEIN_R LINEIN_L – Line input
  • DISP_DATA DISP _CLK DISP _CS DISP _D/C – Display interface. If unused keep open
  • STATUS – Indicate working status. If unused keep open
  • NETLIGHT – Indicate net status. If unused keep open
  • SCL – I2C bus clock. If unused keep open
  • SDA – I2C bus data. If unused keep open
  • KBR0~KBR4 – Keypad interface. If unused keep these pins open
  • KBC0~KBC4 – Keypad interface. Pull up to VDD_EXT, if unused keep pins open
  • RXD – Receive data. DTR Pin has been pulled up to VDD_EXT. If unused keep pin open
  • TXD – Transmit data
  • RTS – Request to send
  • CTS – Clear to send
  • RI – Ring indicator
  • DSR – Data Set Ready
  • DCD – Data carry detect
  • DTR – Data terminal Ready
  • DBG_TXD – Serial interface for debugging and firmware upgrade. If unused keep pins open
  • DBG_RXD – Serial interface for debugging and firmware upgrade. If unused keep pins open
  • SIM_VDD – Voltage supply for SIM card. The voltage can be select by software automatically either 1.8V or 3V
  • SIM_DATA – SIM data output. All signals of SIM interface are protected against ESD with a TVS diode array. Maximum cable length 200mm from the module pad to SIM card holder.
  • SIM_CLK – SIM clock
  • SIM_RST – SIM reset
  • SIM_PRESENCE – SIM detect. If unused keep open
  • ADC – General purpose analog to digital converter. If unused keep open. Input voltage range: 0V ~ 3V
  • NRESET – External reset input (Active low). If unused keep open.
  • PWM1 – PWM Output. If unused keep open.
  • PWM2 – PWM Output. If unused keep open.

Wiring

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

Step by step procedure

Configuring the SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board with USB to TTL converter

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

Before doing firmware update:

  1. Follow the steps as described before here: Basics: Project 105a SIM900A GSM GPRS mini module. Check your module firmware version. Enter “AT+GMR” and press Send button. Returns the  TA Revision Identification of Software Release of the module, for example: “Revision:1137B11SIM900A64_ST OK”. Set baud rate to 115200 bps (It’s 19200 by default) Enter “AT+IPR=115200” and press Send button. Returns the: “ OK”. If you check it with command “AT+ITR?” – it will return: “+IPR:115200 OK”
  2. Always make sure that you have your firmware version on hands so you can restore previous version if next firmware version is bad, for example we had previous version 1137B11SIM900A64_ST.
  3. Read all information about firmware update available on Web.
  4. Just think if you really need to do it as it is a risk to damage the module!!!
  5. If you decided to do it make sure that the next firmware version which you are planing to upload is not older than existing. You can check for new versions SIM900 here.
  6. Make sure that you have USB to TTL converter.

Firmware versions: You can check them here.

  • You can see the ST_ENHANCE and ST on the end – ST means standard version of firmware, ST_ENHANCE – means enhance (extendedversion of firmware.
  • Firmware can be for 32 and 64 version of chip. Check which firmware you have in your SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board.
  • It is very easy to understand for which SIM900chip the firmware file should be used for from its name – for example, 1137B12SIM900A32_ST_DL.rar should be used for SIM900A 32 version chip (standard version of firmware)
  • If this module doesn’t work in your area – you may have 900/1900 MHz disabled by firmware. You can upload the extended version to your SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board to get full quad-Band 850 / 900/ 1800 / 1900  MHz.

SIM900: 

SIM900A:

For using this USB to UART Converter you need a software tool. Most of the development tools like MikroC Pro, Arduino has a UART Tool along with it. You can use different software tools: TerminalUSR-TCP232-Test V1.4AiThinker_Serial_Tool_V1.2.3cooltermsscom3.2 , KiTTYputty,tera termAccess port and so on. We recommend you to use AiThinker_Serial_Tool_V1.2.3 or sscom3.2, as you can save your AT commands and it’s very easy to use.

1.Download and install the driver for your USB to TTL converter. Read about it here.

2. Insert standard Sim Card to Sim Card holder of SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board and lock it. Sim card must be unlocked and with credit.

SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

3.Attach GSM/GPRS antenna to SMA connector of SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board.

4. Do wiring for using USB to TTL converter.

5. Plug your USB to TTL converter into your PC USB port. The ‘status LED’ (D5) will be on.

6. Wait for some time (approx. 1 minute) and see the blinking rate of ‘network LED’ (D6). GSM module will use some time to establish connection with mobile network.

7. Once the connection is established successfully, the network LED will blink continuously every 3 seconds. You may try making a call to the mobile number of the sim card inside SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board. If you hear a ring back, the SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board has successfully established network connection.

8. Open AiThinker_Serial_Tool_V1.2.3 program. Set the baud rate 19200, data bits 8, parity bits none,stop bits one.

9. Click on Open serial button. First you need to check if AT commands are working – enter “AT” and press Send button. This would print “OK” which signifies of working connection and operation of the module.

10. We need to change the baud rate to 115200 for firmware update. Enter “AT+IPR=115200” and press Send button. Returns: “OK”.

11. Let’s confirm if we have correct baudrate. Change the baudrate to 115200. Click on Open serial button. Enter “AT+IPR?” and press Send button. Returns: “+IPR: 115200 OK”.

12. Click on Close Serial button. The baudrate is 115200 and we are ready to flash our SIM900A 64 bit GSM GPRS mini board.

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

13. Download and unzip the firmware upgrade tool Simcom – sim900 Customer flash loader V1.01. You can download it here or you can download and unzip SIM900 Series download Tools Develop 1.9 here.

14. Open SIM900 Customer flash loader V1.01 folder and find Simcom – sim900 Customer flash loader V1.01.exe. OR find the file SIM900 Series download Tools Develop 1.9. Right-click on this file and select Run as Administrator and press Yes button.

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board
Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

15. Press Browse button in Application binary file field. Find the location of firmware. Firmware configuration file has .cla extension. We selected 1137B03SIM900M64_ST_ENHANCE.cla file. You can download it here – 1137B03SIM900M64_ST_ENHANCE.rar

16. Click on Refresh COM port button.

17. Select Com port – COM7, Speed – 115200 in Comunication settings field.

18. Connect RST to GND and disconnect to reset the SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board.

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board
Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board
Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

19. Click on exit button when download complete – 100%.

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

20. Let’s check the status of update. Unplug and plug in your USB to TTL converter into your PC USB port. The ‘status LED’ (D5) will be on.

21. Wait for some time (approx. 1 minute) and see the blinking rate of ‘network LED’ (D6). GSM module will use some time to establish connection with mobile network.

22. Once the connection is established successfully, the network LED will blink continuously every 3 seconds. You may try making a call to the mobile number of the sim card inside SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board. If you hear a ring back, the SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board has successfully established network connection.

23. Open AiThinker_Serial_Tool_V1.2.3 program. Set the baud rate 115200, data bits 8, parity bits none,stop bits one.

24. Click on Open serial button. First you need to check if AT commands are working – enter “AT” and press Send button. This would print “OK” which signifies of working connection and operation of the module.

25. Check your module firmware version. Enter “AT+GMR” and press Send button. Returns the  TA Revision Identification of Software Release of the module: “Revision:1137B03SIM900M64_ST_ENHANCE OK”.

Project 105b SIM900A GSM GPRS mini board

Summary

We have learnt how to change or upload new firmware to SIM900A GSM GPRS min board with USB to TTL converter.

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