Low-power sensor board speeds IoT endpoint creation

12th September 2017
Mick Elliott

The ARIS EDGE (Arrow Renesas IoT Synergy)  development platform lets designers accelerate development of low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smart sensors, wearables, small appliances and battery-powered health care devices or other types of endpoints. It is available at Arrow Electronics.

ARIS EDGE provides hardware and essential software components that enable teams to get prototypes running quickly and focus attention on application development.

Optimised for power-constrained IoT-edge devices, it features a Renesas Synergy S124 32MHz ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller. 

There is a rich set of integrated MEMS sensors from Bosch Sensortec, including the nine-axis Absolute Orientation sensor BNO055 and the environmental sensor BME280.

The BNO055 is a System-in Package (SiP) solution and the first product in the family of Application Specific Sensor Nodes (ASSN), which integrates a Bosch MEMS accelerometer, a gyroscope, a geomagnetic sensor and a 32-bit microcontroller running the Bosch Sensortec’s BSX3.0 FusionLib software.

The sensor is suited for applications such as robotics, augmented and virtual reality, drones, gaming, as well as other industrial applications.

The BME280 is developed specifically for loT applications where size and low-power consumption are key design constraints. It integrates three sensors into one single package and enables the measurement of ambient temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure. 

Support for wireless communication is also tailored to IoT-edge devices, comprising a multi-protocol radio module with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.1/4.2), Thread, and ZigBee stacks all built-in to provide flexible choices for connecting with other devices and the Cloud.

The Thread stack allows ARIS EDGE to be used as a platform for connected domestic IoT devices, benefiting from properties of Thread that help ensure reliable and secure communication, with high energy efficiency and easy interoperability. 

As the latest addition to Arrow’s ARIS family, the ARIS EDGE has been developed in conjunction with the Italian design house Reloc, and leverages the Renesas Synergy IoT development framework.

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