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IoT development board ensures secure designs

24th April 2019
Mick Elliott

Availability of a development board that makes it easy for engineers to create secure cloud-connected designs has been announced by RS Components. The PIC-IoT WG development board (AC164164) from Microchip offers a simple way to develop PIC microcontroller-based applications and connect them to the Google Cloud IoT Core platform.

It delivers the ability to collect, process and analyse data in real time.

In conjunction with Cloud IoT Core, the board is ideal for developing embedded applications for a range of use cases such as smart home and cities applications, in the healthcare sector, in intelligent lighting systems, or in sensor-based process and control automation solutions for Industry 4.0.

A major attraction will be potential savings in time and cost, as well as the security vulnerabilities that can come with large software frameworks and real-time operating systems (RTOS), enabling engineers that are not experts in networking or security to get their applications up and running quickly.

Along with a powerful, low-power, 16-bit PIC24F microcontroller that comes with core-independent peripherals, the board integrates the MCU with the advanced ATECC608A cryptographic secure-element coprocessor, a light and temperature sensor, and a fully certified industrial-grade IEEE802.11b/g/n IoT network controller module, which is easy to connect to a microcontroller via the SPI interface.

The PIC MCU delivers 16 MIPS operation running at 32MHz and offers 128KB of ECC flash memory, extendable to 256KB, and 16KB of RAM.

Low-power operation makes the board suitable for battery-operated, real-time sensing and control applications.

Shipping now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, the Microchip PIC-IoT WG development board is supported by the MPLAB X IDE and MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC) rapid prototyping tool.

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