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Design Ideas for the IoT
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

dev kitMouser claims to have one of the widest selections of development kits available off-the-shelf to help engineers get a project up and running. This month, Mark Patrick, Supplier Marketing & Business Development Manager, Mouser EMEA, runs through a few highlights from the tens of thousands of available kits at that will help IoT developers.

ON Semiconductor’s DVK-BASE-2-GEVK is a second-generation development kit for the evaluation of the company’s high performance RF devices and microcontrollers that are commonly used in today’s IoT applications. The complete development system includes all hardware and software necessary to develop systems in shortest times. The DVK-2 features the AX8052F100 ultra-low-power microcontroller on the main boards. It allows developers to design, program and evaluate their applications using radio chips and microcontrollers under real world conditions. RF-modules with different RF ICs for various carrier frequencies are available as add-ons.

Analog Devices’ ADICUP360 development kit plus sensor shields bundle that allows designers to explore real-life sensing solutions based on new Arduino-compatible precision sensing solutions. The board uses an open source Eclipse based Interactive Development Environment (IDE) which can be downloaded free of charge. The platform contains many hardware and software example projects to make it easier for customers to prototype/create systems and solutions using the complete ecosystem provided. The EVAL-ADICUP360 uses the ADuCM360 Arm Cortex-M3 processor as the main device on board. It has integrated dual 24-bit sigma delta converters on chip, which make it extremely flexible for both analogue and digital applications.

The Intel® Joule™ high-end compute platform is capable of delivering human-like senses to a new generation of smart devices, enabling developers and entrepreneurs to build out an embedded system or take a prototype to commercial product quickly while minimizing development costs. The platform starts with a compute module featuring high-end compute, 4K video and large memory in a tiny, low-power package. It incorporates a vast software and hardware ecosystem, enabling developers to choose from multiple operating systems and take advantage of off-the-shelf libraries and sensors. The platform also includes support for Intel® RealSense™ technology, making it particularly well suited for products and industrial systems requiring advanced computer vision or high-end edge computing. The Intel Joule 570x developer kit with expansion board breaks out all of the interfaces of the Intel Joule module to easily accessible connectors like USB Type-A, USB Type-C, user-programmable LEDs, user-readable buttons, micro HDMI, MIPI display serial interface (DSI), and 1.8 volt I/O headers.

Atmel’s SAMA5D2 Xplained Ultra is a fast prototyping and evaluation platform for the Atmel | SMART SAMA5D2 series of microprocessors. The board includes eMMC and DDR3 memories as well as a rich set of connectivity options. Connectors and expansion headers allow for easy customization and quick access to leading-edge embedded features such as the ClassD amplifier or the capacitive touch controller. An Atmel Linux distribution and software package facilitates a quick development start.

The CY4500 EZ-PD™ Protocol Analyzer from Cypress records traffic passively on the Configuration Channel (CC) and allows user to analyze and debug USB Power Delivery communication for emerging Type C implementations. The low-cost and compact CY4500 acts as a pass-through for VBUS, VCONN, USB 3.1, USB 2.0 and USB-PD traffic. The EZ-PD Protocol Analyzer Installer includes a free Windows-based GUI (EZ-PD Analyzer Utility) that can be used to decode the USB-PD messages.

“Mouser is all about supporting the design cycle,” comments Patrick, “and development kits and platforms really help move this process along. We often get asked ‘where do I start?’ Have a look at the design ideas at .”



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