Integrated kit combine cloud-ready board and Arduino shield for IoT development

A kit released by Avnet Silica, the HoriZone RA brings real-time IoT sensor data securely into the Microsoft Azure cloud. It combines a cloud-ready Renesas RA EK-RA6M3 board with a multi-sensor Arduino Shield and secure element.

The HoriZone RA development kit is designed to enable ‘proof of concept’ for edge-to-cloud IoT applications requiring secure communications. The kit is powered by Renesas Advanced (RA) microcontrollers for secure IoT endpoints and edge devices. It delivers security features for Resource Constrained Embedded Systems (RCES) connected to Avnet´s IoTConnect cloud platform based on Microsoft Azure cloud.

The kit includes sensors for humidity, temperatures, ambient light, air quality and air pressure, plus microphone, digital accelerometer, digital gyroscope and inductive proximity sensor for positioning information.

The board integrates Renesas’ RA RA6M3 microcontroller, which is suitable for IoT applications that require TFT, Ethernet, security, large embedded RAM, and USB High Speed (HS). It also includes the ISL88014 voltage supervisor and ISL80102 synchronous boost converter for power management. According to Avnet Silica, engineers can start developing IoT endpoint and edge devices for a broad range of applications, including industrial and building automation, metering, healthcare and home appliances.

The RA microcontrollers include Secure Crypto Engine IP with NIST’s cryptographic algorithm validation program certifications, Arm TrustZone for Armv8-M and tamper detection.

The HoriZone RA development kit is shipping now from Avnet Silica in all EMEA markets.

Avnet Silica is the European semiconductor specialist division of global distributor, Avnet. It acts as the smart connection between customers and suppliers. The distributor simplifies complexity by providing creative solutions, technology and logistics support.

Avnet Silica is a partner of leading semiconductor manufacturers and has a team of more than 200 application engineers and technical specialists. Avnet Silica supports projects all the way from the idea to the concept to production.

For nearly a century, Avnet has helped its customers and suppliers around the world realize the transformative possibilities of technology.

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