Development solution provides support for IoT device platform

9th November 2015
Jordan Mulcare

Designed in collaboration with ARM mbed, Freescale Semiconductor’s popular FRDM-K64F board is available now with comprehensive support for ARM mbed IoT Device Platform technologies, including ARM’s new mbed OS operating system. Recognised earlier this year as one of the industry’s first development boards to fully support mbed, Freescale’s FRDM-K64F board enables end-to-end mbed solutions and works with a full complement of mbed technologies including the mbed OS, mbed Client, the mbed Device Connector service and associated mbed tools.

Freescale’s support for the new mbed OS reinforces Freescale’s proven track record of collaboration with ARM on mbed enablement, which includes the FRDM-K64F board serving as the processing platform for two of the first 'IoT end device-to-cloud' solutions for mbed – the ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit for IBM IoT Foundation and ARM’s mbed solution for Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Freescale also recently delivered its advanced FNET TCP/IP software stack to the mbed ecosystem. This software will become the foundation of the mbed TCP/IP stack and serve as the connectivity heart of the ARM mbed OS architecture.

“ARM mbed IoT Device Platform fills a critical gap by providing a comprehensive, standards-based platform for MCUs,” said Geoff Lees, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Freescale’s MCU Group. “mbed helps our customers speed time-to-market with off-the-shelf technologies that support key IoT requirements such as connectivity and robust security.”

“Freescale’s FRDM-K64F has been a valuable test platform during the internal development prototyping and validating of mbed OS with the other mbed IoT Device Platform capabilities,” said Zach Shelby, Vice President of Marketing, IoT business, ARM. “The feedback we have received from mbed developers implementing designs with Freescale’s FRDM platform has been strong. We expect to see more next gen designs based on the FRDM-K64F given its applicability to a variety of IoT applications.”

The Freescale Freedom FRDM-CR20A development board for the MCR20A 2.4 GHz wireless transceiver connects with the mbed Enabled Freescale FRDM-K64F, forming an mbed supported solution. The FRDM-CR20A board provides a low-power 802.15.4 radio, and when combined with the FRDM-K64F board, creates the basis for a fully functional, wireless, cloud-connected IoT platform, further enabling new technologies including Thread low-power mesh wireless networks.

“Zebra Technologies has selected the Freescale FRDM-K64F as one of the first IoT reference examples to work with Zatar, our mbed Enabled cloud service for IoT, due to its widespread support in the ARM mbed ecosystem,” said Thomas Kurian, Senior Director of New Growth Platforms, Zebra. “We look forward to collaborating with Freescale to help customers take advantage of chip-to-cloud reference designs for IoT.”

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