Dev boards support IoT application design work Jul 13 2017 Dev Kit Reviews Print Article Jul 13 2017 Dev Kit Reviews Two new SmartEverything solutions from Arrow, the LION IoT development system-on-module (SoM) board and the ARIS IoT board that support Internet of Things (IoT) application development work have been added to the RS Components portfolio of dev boards. The SmartEverything LION SoM board is based on an Arduino form-factor board that features a Microchip LoRa module and this enables low-data-rate communications to be made over long distances. LoRa enables data from devices such as on-board sensors and actuators to be connected to the Cloud to update data and control information for M2M and IoT applications. On-board facilities include the low-power Microchip ARM Cortex-M0+ powered CPU along with Microchip Crypto-Authentication, a 868MHz antenna, a Telit GPS module with embedded antenna, and MEMS accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. The SmartEverything ARIS IoT board is said to be a complete hardware/software platform built around Renesas Synergy S7 Series microcontroller which features an ARM Cortex-M4 processor running at 240MHz with 4MB of code flash and 640kB SRAM memory. It has an Arduino R3 compatible footprint and connections and Arduino extension shields which can be used for implementing extra functionality hardware features. The ARIS board communicates with other devices and the cloud via Ethernet 10/100 or USB and offers wirelessly connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart (BLE), and NFC protocols. Sensing capability includes temperature and humidity devices, and motion detection is provided by an accelerometer and two-axis gyroscope connected via the SPI bus. Other on-board devices include 512MB of serial flash and 32MB of SDRAM memory, as well as an energy harvesting NFC Forum Type 2 Tag with field detection pin and I²C interface, and a multi-touch 4/5-wire resistive touchscreen controller with proximity sensing. The board also provides interaction and access via the GPIO pins, LEDs and pushbuttons. Development process functions for the boards include the on-board J-Link debugger, support for crypto-bootloaders, and Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates. Engineers are able to focus on application development using the various helpful features available on the ARIS platform, including the Renesas Eclipse Embedded Studio which is the implemented Integrated Development Environment. By Paul WhytockPaul Whytock is European Editor for Electropages. He has reported extensively on the electronics industry in Europe, the United States and the Far East for over twenty years. Prior to entering journalism he worked as a design engineer with Ford Motor Company at locations in England, Germany, Holland and Belgium.