Dev kits and satellite connectivity modules speed IoT prototyping and deployment

17-05-2023 | Mouser Electronics | Test & Measurement

Mouser offers several new IoT development kits, prototyping platforms and satellite wireless connectivity modules.

Getting ahead of the competition is an essential consideration for product engineering teams charged with architecting an IoT solution. The availability of well-documented, comprehensive, and wireless-connected development kits supports speed prototyping. Rather than becoming saddled with hardware decisions, the engineering team can concentrate on the product's differentiating features.

Recently announced IoT development kits and connectivity modules available from the company include:

The Astronode S L-band satellite communication module uses a low-power Arm Cortex-M33 microcontroller and a proprietary wireless ASIC. Communication with the application host is via a simple UART interface. Typical applications comprise asset tracking, ocean buoy monitoring, global weather data, precision agriculture, and system health monitoring.

The STMicroelectronics STEVAL-STWINBX1 Development Kit is excellent for prototyping various industrial IoT sensing applications, including condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Based around the ultra-low power Arm Cortex-M33 STM32U585AI microcontroller with a floating point unit, the kit is provided with a comprehensive list of sensors appropriate for industrial applications and is packaged in an enclosure featuring a 480mAh LiPo battery. Sensors incorporate an ultra-wide bandwidth, low-noise three-axis digital vibration sensor, a three-axis magnetometer, with an integrated accelerometer and gyro iNEMO inertial measurement unit. Environmental sensors comprise a digital barometer, temperature sensor, and analogue and digital microphones. Complementing the extensive hardware features are firmware libraries and a companion cloud application.

Based around the Nordic Semiconductor nRF5340 dual-core Arm Cortex M-33, the Nordic Semiconductor Thingy:53 Platform is a low-power platform which supports multiple 2.4GHz wireless protocols, aids embedded machine learning development with the nRF Edge Impulse application and incorporates debug and current measurement capabilities. Onboard environmental sensors measure temperature, humidity, air quality and air pressure, and colour and light sensors are also included. A low-power accelerometer and six-axis inertial measurement unit complete the sensor line-up of the platform. The platform's machine-learning capabilities support various applications, including voice recognition and movement pattern detection. Other platform features include a power management IC, an nRF21540 wireless front-end module and an integrated PA/LNA.

For developers desiring to add facial recognition and 2D or 3D liveness detection to their IoT device, the NXP SLN-VIZNAS development kit from NXP is an excellent solution to develop a turnkey offline application for a various residential, industrial, and hospitality applications and access control products. Offering the NXP i.MX RT117F crossover processor, running at speeds up to 1GHz, the kit can run the company's i.MX RT run-time library for 3D face recognition includes image capture, face alignment, face tracking, face detection, face recognition, and liveness detection functionality. The SLN-VIZN3D-IOT kit also has a remote registration capability that permits end-users to register their faces from mobile devices.

By Seb Springall