Murata has teamed up with Pycom in the UK on a Python evaluation kit for IoT projects but is warning that the current chip shortages could lead to longer lead times.
The strategic collaboration combines Murata’s boards and IoT radio module technology, and Pycom’s design and integration expertise in rapid IoT development and scaling.
From September 2021, customers implementing IoT projects can take advantage of a new Murata-based Pycom evaluation kit (EVK) that delivers full-stack IoT. However Murata warns the current disruption within the electronics industry may result in longer lead times.
The F01 H7 EVK saves time and money by moving rapidly and seamlessly through all IoT project stages from conception to completion. Developers can go from EVK to building final products without losing time redesigning or recoding.
The kit is complemented by Pycom’s cloud-based device management platform and a new software development kit (SDK) enabling the user to easily manage their devices, LPWAN networks and data feed from commissioning through to deployment stages.
Reducing time-to-market is essential as demand increases exponentially for innovative IoT solutions. The number of IoT devices around the world is predicted to grow from 7.6 billion in 2019 to 24 billion in 2030 according to a recent study by Transforma Insights. This is driven by asset tracking, wearables, healthcare, smart cities, and smart meters.
“Many IoT projects struggle to develop and deliver reliably connected devices that perform sustainably in the field. This means project implementation is slowed down considerably,” said Fred de Haro, CEO of Pycom. “Our collaboration with Murata offers a new hardware and cloud platform that’s quick to develop and flexible through all project phases, including development, manufacture, integration, testing and all the way to large scale deployment. It’s part of our deploy and forget pledge.”
“Our EVK represents the ideal end-to-end solution for customers tasked with designing low-power and small form factor cellular IoT devices with full LPWAN network redundancy. This collaboration will deliver flawless customer engagement and ensure their ideas get to market in record time, bringing cellular IoT technology to a much broader market,” said Samir Hennaoui, Product Manager, Connectivity Modules, Murata Europe.
The EVK is based around Murata’s 1SC and 1SJ cellular Cat-NB1/M1 and LoRa(WAN) modules with four LPWAN networks in one small OEM module, flexibly mounted on different boards. These include M.2, feather, reference designs or custom designed PCBs. Other features include an ARM Cortex M4F microcontroller and an NXP security chip.
Both the Murata-based Pycom EVK and SDK will be available from 15 September 2021, but lead times may be longer says Murata.
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