We have recently acquired a MFi certificate and contract number from Apple but we cannot figure out where to purchase the BC127 MFi Development Kit (part number BC127-DEVKIT001). I have searched through this forum and though others have had troubles finding the board in the past, their support tickets were resolved when directed to Avnet. Avnet as of October 2019 is no longer a distributor of Sierra Wireless - the new distributors are Richardson RFPD and Future Electronics. However, I’ve had multiple phones calls with both sales and tech departments of both distributors and and have had no luck. Sierra Wireless customer support continues to direct me to these distributors and these distributors direct me back to Sierra Wireless to “get more information” on the board.
Actually, as I was writing this post a Sierra Wireless customer support agent got back to me and said she asked “[Sierra Wireless’s] Distribution Channel Manager to fulfill Digikey with this SKU”, and that they would process an order for me when the products are shipped in a few weeks. However the SKU is “BC127 v3” not “BC127-DEVKIT001”, and this product shouldn’t be publicly available without a MFi certification anyway. So I doubt this is the right product. That being said, I do see BC127-DEVKIT001 on DigiKey here, but out of stock. Again - I shouldn’t be able to purchase this without MFi certification anyway.
I have two questions at this point:
- Is this board still made? In the latest melody firmware firmware reference guide (7.3 as of this post) when referring to MFi-specific features, it states “iAP is available on MFI builds only (MFI license). Please contact Sierra Wireless for more information”, so I assume the board is still made if MFi builds are still under development.
- Do we have to purchase the BC127 Development Kit to get access to the MFi Melody 7.3 build? According to this forum post, we do have to have purchased the development kit. However in June 2017 Apple removed the requirement for a co-processor (they now offer a software based auth protocol), so is it possible to flash a BC127 discovery kit module with the 7.3 MFi build?
Looking forward to an answer for myself and anyone any company rep looking to purchase and use this module in production!