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Wireless M2M development board

8 June 2011 Design Automation

Microchip and u-blox have co-developed a machine-to-machine (M2M) PICtail daughter board (AC320011) which integrates all the hardware, wireless communication protocols and application code examples needed to develop fleet management or location-based service products. The board incorporates the u-blox NEO-6Q GPS and LEON GSM/GPRS modules, and interfaces with Microchip’s multimedia expansion board (DM320005) and PIC32 starter kit (DM320001).

The board provides designers with a platform for developing designs which combine communications, a complete graphics interface, audio, accelerometer and wireless networking capabilities. M2M applications which require a combination of location awareness and communications include fleet management, asset tracking, telematics, traffic congestion monitoring and tracking driving habits for insurance rate structures.

In addition to integrated GPS for tracking via satellites, the board features GSM and GPRS technology to enable phone, text, e-mail and Web communications, including images and location information. Microchip also offers free-for-download M2M software libraries, to give developers a fast start with coding.



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