Embedded IoT solutions speed prototyping

Microchip launches embedded solutions for IoT
Microchip has launched a family of cloud agnostic, turnkey, full-stack embedded development solutions for IoT development. (Microchip)

The fragmented nature of the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace poses increasing project complexity and costs to developers, faced with challenges such as extended development times, increased security threats and failed solutions. In response, Microchip Technology Inc. has announced its cloud agnostic, turnkey, full-stack embedded development solutions.

Microchip is now making it possible for developers to connect to any major core and any major cloud, using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or narrow band 5G technologies, all while maintaining a strong security foundation through the support of its Trust Platform for the CryptoAuthentication family.  

Microchip’s portfolio of IoT solutions now includes six additional solutions. Making their core, connectivity, security, development environment and debug capabilities easily accessible, all are designed to lower project costs and complexity in development.

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The solutions include:

  • PIC-IoT WA and AVR-IoT WA boards: Two PIC and AVR MCU development boards with a companion custom built rapid prototyping tool developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), helping designers natively connect IoT sensor nodes to the AWS IoT Core service via Wi-Fi
  • Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass: Based on the latest wireless System On Module (SOM), the ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1 integrates the SAMA5D2 MPU, WILC3000 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module fully powered by the MCP16502 high performance Power Management IC (PMIC)
  • SAM-IoT WG: Connects the Google Cloud IoT Core with Microchip’s popular 32-bit SAM-D21 Arm Cortex M0+ range of microcontrollers
  • Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform: Integrates the Azure IoT device SDK and Azure IoT services with Microchip’s MPLAB X development tools ecosystem
  • PIC-BLE and AVR-BLE boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU boards for sensor node devices that connect to mobile devices for industrial, consumer and security applications and the cloud via gateways featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • LTE-M/NB-IoT development kit: Features Monarch chip-based modules by Sequans enabling coverage of IoT nodes and leveraging the latest low power, 5G cellular technology

Each solution is designed to focus on ease of use and rapid development for smart industrial, medical, consumer, agriculture and retail applications, with embedded security in mind. The vast selection of connectivity technologies, combined with the wide range of microcontroller and microprocessor performance and peripheral features, makes these solutions scalable across a wide range of markets.

Development Tools

Microchip’s IoT solutions leverage the company’s ecosystem of development tools, centered around the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Code generators such as the MPLAB X Code Configurator (MCC) automate and speed up the creation and customization of the application code for the smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers, while the Harmony software libraries support all 32-bit microcontroller and microprocessor solutions.

On-board and in-circuit programming and debugging features are provided on the PKOB Nano, requiring only a USB cable to power, debug and communicate. Larger solutions are supported by universal programmers and debuggers, the MPLAB PICkit 4 and MPLAB ICD 4. The ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM 1 comes with a set of free Linux distributions, and by mainlining Microchip’s patches to the Linux kernel, customers receive the full support of the open source community to create high-quality solutions. 

Microchip’s range of small sensor node development kits, IoT tools and solutions start at $29.00 in single-unit quantities.

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