Taking a safe small step into the still uncertain world of Internet of Things connectivity, Microchip has just released its Verizon Wireless Certified Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Development Platform for CDMA (DM320017).
According to Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 Division, the full-featured platform was developed by Twisthink, LLC and is designed for custom embedded firmware application development on the PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) applications with local-area and remote cellular connectivity.
The platform is pre-certified on the Verizon Wireless network, with two-way communication capability and has been developed he said to provide developers with a quick way to build standard 32-bit platforms to collect data, share locally over 10/100 Ethernet and ZigBee as well as to communicate to a cloud application.
It is FCC Part 15 certified and includes GPS for location-aware applications, a serial communication interface for simple wired connectivity, microSD Card support for code, event or image storage, and an on-board 3-axis accelerometer to monitor motion.
The platform also includes temperature and light sensors, and two expansion ports for custom sensing or connectivity development.
Mitra said developers will be to quickly design connected device applications that are able to communicate status, alarms and even location can be developed with this new platform, making it useful for applications in the consumer, industrial and telematic markets.
But applications requiring remote monitoring, including alarm systems, home automation, remote pipeline equipment, vending machines and fleet management, can also benefit from the platform.
“It brings processing and communications peripherals together at a significant cost breakthrough for developers, in a space where M2M platforms often cost thousands of dollars,” said Mitra.