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IoT development kit smooths path to prototype

27th September 2017
Mick Elliott

The Nebula IoT Development Kit has been unveiled by Future Electronics. It was developed with partners Cypress Semiconductor and Murata. The Nebula board is an IoT cloud ready board that allows developers to quickly prototype and deploy their IoT ecosystems. Wireless connectivity is supported by the Murata 1DX module, which is powered by the Cypress CYW4343W Wi-Fi and BT/BLE combo SoC.

The SoC includes a 2.4GHz WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n baseband/radio and Bluetooth 4.2 support.

In addition, it integrates a high-performance power amplifier (PA), a low-noise amplifier (LNA) for receiver sensitivity, and an internal transmit/receive (iTR) RF switch, further reducing the overall solution cost and 1DX module size.

The Nebula board supports applications development through the Cypress WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Studio development platform.

Nebula is equipped with 4 different interfaces to access the STM32F429 peripherals to enable developers to create any IoT application: ArduinoTM compatible shield, mikroBUSTM socket, PmodTM Connector/Interface and USB.

In addition, the board employs easy hardware expandability through a large number of standardised add-on boards.

Each one focuses on a different application such as motor control and environmental sensors, including the wireless connectivity to enable IoT development.

These will also be available from Future Electronics.

“The Nebula Board is a very exciting global initiative which we believe will provide differentiated and creative wireless solutions to our customers,” said Matthew Rotholz, Vice President of Future Connectivity Solutions. “Our goal is to provide our customers with a complete IoT development environment. We currently have 4 Mikroelektronika click boards targeted for humidity, proximity and temperature related applications.”

The board has been designed for novices and expert developers alike looking to explore the vast opportunities in IoT applications such as asset tracking, energy management, fitness, lighting controls, HVAC, portable controls, security and building automation.

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