New extension board with intelligent sensor for the popular Xplained platform

26-02-2015 | Atmel | Design Applications

Atmel has launched a new extension board for the its popular Xplained
platform. Featuring a Bosch Sensortec BNO055 intelligent 9-axis absolute
orientation sensor, the new extension board connects directly to Atmel’s
Xplained board making it ideal for prototyping projects for the Internet of
Things (IoT), wearables and gaming markets, for applications such as
personal health and fitness, indoor navigation and other applications
requiring context awareness and augmented reality for a more immersive

The low-cost, easy-to-use Xplained prototyping and evaluation platform for
Atmel | SMART ARM-based MCUs can be customized with a wide range of
extension boards. The platform enables easy development with a rich
selection of example projects and software provided in the Atmel Software
Framework (ASF), Atmel Studio and third party integrated development

The new extension board enables designers to easily allow developers to
prototype motion control and smart sensing designs using Atmel’s broad
portfolio of MCUs. The extension board is compatible with the Xplained-PRO
expansion connector, and software examples are provided through the Atmel
Studio integrated development environment, says the company.

“As a leading provider of secure, smart and connected solutions, we are
committed to providing the essential tools and platforms to bring more IoT
and wearable designs to market,” said Steve Pancoast, vice president of
development tools and software, Atmel. “The new extension board enhances our
Xplained platform and allows designers to bring a truly captivating
experience to next-generation wearables and IoT applications. We are excited
to team with Bosch on this new extension board.”

Jeanne Forget, global marketing director, Bosch Sensortec, added: “We are
excited about the opportunity to feature our BNO055 sensor in the Xplained
ecosystem. Our advanced BNO055 absolute orientation sensor complements the
Atmel | SMART ARM Cortex-based MCUs and will allow developers to bring their
designs quickly to market. We look forward to strengthening our
collaboration with Atmel with this product.”

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