Microchip launches range of IoT solutions for rapid prototyping
With the launch, Microchip now provides the ability for developers to connect to any major core and any major cloud – from small PIC and AVR MCUs, to sophisticated 32-bit MCUs and MPU gateway solutions. The new offerings use the full range of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or narrowband 5G connectivity, while providing a strong security foundation through the company’s Trust Platform for the CryptoAuthentication family.
The six new solutions announced today are designed to lower project costs and complexity in development:
• PIC-IoT WA and AVR-IoT WA boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU development boards with a rapid prototyping tool developed with AWS to assist with the native connection of IoT sensor nodes to the AWS IoT Core service through Wi-Fi
• Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass: The ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1 combines the SAMA5D2 MPU, WILC3000 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module powered by the MCP16502 PMIC
• SAM-IoT WG: Connects the Google Cloud IoT Core with Microchip’s 32-bit SAM-D21 Arm Cortex M0+ MCU range
• Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform: Integrates the Azure IoT device SDK and Azure IoT services with Microchip’s MPLAB X development tools ecosystem
• PIC-BLE and AVR-BLE boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU boards to help connect sensor node devices to mobile devices and the cloud through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) gateways
• LTE-M/NB-IoT development kit: With Monarch chip-based modules from Sequans enabling coverage of IoT nodes using low power, 5G cellular technology
The new solutions IoT use Microchip’s ecosystem of development tools that are built around MPLAB X IDE. Code generators such as the MPLAB X Code Configurator (MCC) automate and speed up the creation and customization of the application code for the smallest PIC and AVR MCUs, while the Harmony software libraries support all 32-bit MCU and MPU solutions.
On-board and in-circuit programming and debugging features are available on the PKOB Nano, with only a USB cable required to power, debug and communicate. Larger solutions are supported by the MPLAB PICkit 4 and MPLAB ICD 4 universal programmers and debuggers. The ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM 1 comes with a set of free Linux distributions. By mainlining Microchip’s patches to the Linux kernel, customers receive the full support of the open source community to create high-quality solutions.