Planet Debug offers ‘first hardware-as-a-service’

Planet Debug from MikroElektronica is a hardware-as-a-service platform which enables designers to develop and debug embedded systems remotely without investing in hardware. For $4 per day, designers can reserve time on a remote Planet Debug station configured to their requirements and develop and debug their own applications code remotely through Mikroe’s Necto Studio Integrated Development Environment without having to source the hardware, wait for it to arrive and plug it all together. 

“For designers who are sure they want to commit to a certain hardware route and stick with it for a long period, then it may be better to buy the appropriate Fusion development boards, SiBrain MCU cards and Click peripheral boards costing maybe $400.  They will still benefit from huge design flexibility and fast time to market,” said Mikroe’s chief executive officer Neb Matic. “But for those still evaluating many different hardware approaches, or if they require, perhaps 10 days development time, they can reserve time on one of over 74 development boards on Planet Debug stations for just $4 a day. We’ll configure it for them with the MCU/peripheral/display combination they want to try and they can begin developing the very next day. The beauty of it is that, through Necto, you are seeing real images of real boards in real time. This is not a simulation,” he said. 

The Planet Debug hardware-as-a-service is enabled by Mikroe’s Codegrip, a device that allows programming and debugging to be performed over wifi.

By using Planet Debug, users can ‘try before buying’, and can change peripherals, displays or even the MCU without needing to buy any hardware, learn any new software, or write any new code. In the education environment, resources can be shared and there is no configuration required to bring up a system. Planet Debug can help the working designer get up and running very quickly and respond to changing needs from product marketing. And MikroElectronika states that chip shortages will not affect development time.

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