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M2M developer kit

3 August 2011 Design Automation

Kontron introduced its new machine-to-machine (M2M) Smart Services Developer Kit with a deployable Intel Atom processor-based system.

The kit is designed to meet customer needs for accelerated M2M connected computing launch schedules of smart services that utilise cloud-based computing to communicate and aggregate data on edge node and gateway devices.

The kit uses Kontron’s COM Express compatible nanoETXexpress-TT and includes an M2M system carrier board and an AV board to support headed configuration use. The kit is 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN (wireless local area network) and 802.15.4 WPAN (wireless personal area network) capable, allowing rapid development of wireless connectivity solutions. 3G WWAN (wireless wide area network) is either pre-installed or easily enabled by dropping in a pre-certified PCI Express 3G/4G module for further broadband connectivity flexibility.

The Kontron M2M system is preloaded with a 90-day free trial of Wind River Linux 4.1. The kit also includes a Wind River LiveUSB drive that provides the software stacks and drivers to support immediate wireless connectivity testing. The pre-flashed drive containing Wind River software is optimised for developing, running, debugging and prototyping embedded software directly onto the Kontron M2M System using Wind River development tools.

The developer kit is housed in a 67 x 100 x 27 mm chassis. The external USB port simplifies use of M2M SDKs (software development kits) provided by M2M ISVs (independent software vendors). Sufficient storage is provided for M2M smart service applications, middleware and OS on the 4 GB internal MicroSD card. The system’s built-in accelerometer, dual HDMI and HD audio support enables designers to implement both movement tracking and intensive audio/video smart services features.

The kit supports 300 Mbps Wi-Fi throughput with 802.11 b/g/n at 2,4 GHz band and 5 GHz band for 802.11a. An integrated 802.15.4 WPAN transceiver supports a wide range of protocols and network topologies, such as 6LoPAN, Wireless HART, ZigBee and others, using a unique 802.15.4 MAC layer interface. The system also includes driver support for a pre-certified Ericsson 5521gw module and an option of having that module pre-installed. Other pre-certified 3G/4G modules and drivers may be added for additional connectivity development.



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