Kontron rolls M2M Smart Services Developer KitKontron has launched a new machine-to-machine (M2M) Smart Services Developer Kit with a deployable Intel Atom processor-based services-ready system. Developed in collaboration with Intel Corporation, the standards-based Computer-on-Module (COM)-based kit provides simple plug & play capability that enables designers to develop and test an application’s connectivity and performance, then quickly deploy. The new kit is designed to meet customer needs for accelerated M2M connected-computing launch schedules of smart services that utilize cloud-based computing to communicate and aggregate data on edge node and gateway devices.
The kit uses the COM Express compatible Kontron Computer-on-Module nanoETXexpress-TT powered by the Intel Atom processor, and includes a M2M System Carrier Board and an AV board to support headed configuration use. It 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.
Kontron’s COM-based modular approach reduces development cost, risk, and time-to-market in a production-ready COTS small factor platform that includes mounting hardware for ease of deployment. The M2M solution and kit packaging may be easily customized to include the network operator’s, OEM’s, or ISV’s brand.
The kit can be used in multiple ways to generate, aggregate, and transmit machine-to-machine data to the cloud. 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 optimized for developing, running, debugging and prototyping embedded software directly onto the Kontron M2M System using Wind River development tools.
The new Kontron M2M Developer Kit consists of a COM Expresscompatible Kontron nanoETXexpress-TT COM using the IntelAtom processor E640 1 GHz and other Kontron M2M System boards housed in a small, 67mm x 100mm x 27mm chassis. The external USB port simplifies use of M2M SDKs provided by M2M ISVs.
Sufficient storage is provided for M2M smart service applications, middleware and OS on the 4 gigabyte (GB) internal MicroSD card. The Kontron M2M 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 flexibly supports a wide range of protocols and network topologies, such as 6LoPAN, Wireless HART, ZigBeeand others, using a unique 802.15.4 MAC layer interface.
The Kontron M2M 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 to the Kontron M2M System for additional connectivity development.
About smart services
Industry analysts have forecasted that over the next decade billions of devices will be deployed as edge node and gateway devices collecting and sending data. This will be a cross-industry phenomenon that has the potential to be a game-changing disruptive force pushing the need for connectivity, high-performance, and standards-based solutions into a myriad of new and existing device platforms that will drive the creation of new smart services. M2M smart services will be deployed in a wide variety of markets including building automation, energy, healthcare, IT/networking, retail, security and transportation, among others.
The Kontron M2M Developer Kit will be available worldwide in early Q3.
For more information visit www.kontron.com/M2Mkit.
Toni McConnel can be reached at Toni@TechRite-Associates.com.