RS Components bases IoT prototyping, coding with XinaBox xChips

Distributor RS Components adds more ways to prototype and expand the functionality of popular single board computers (SBCs) like Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone, with XinaBox xChip hardware modules.

The xChip concept makes a wide variety of electronic functions available in a standardised modular format that can be assembled, in any order, to build electronic devices quickly and easily. No soldering or breadboarding is required. There is no need to design or debug hardware, so novices can begin coding in minutes without prior electronics knowledge.

RS is expanding the selection of xChip cores including ESP8266, ESP32, ATSAMD21/Cortex M0+, ATmega328P, and SHA-256 cryptographic acceleration, LoRaWAN communication, gesture detection, and VOC environmental/weather sensing for IoT projects.

The range of xChip modules from XinaBox encompasses processor boards and supporting functions including WiFi and Bluetooth, OLED displays, capacitive touch sensing, proximity sensing, temperature sensing, universal digital and analogue input modules. Projects are posted online as learning tools or to jump-start the development of new products.

xChip bridges are available to connect with Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero, BeagleBone Black, Minnowboard, 96 Boards and Micro:Bit for users or their tutors to use their preferred SBC for rapid prototyping, STEM teaching or learning to code.

An advanced USB programming interface supporting the Arduino IDE and a Raspberry Pi programming interface are also available.

In addition to supporting prototyping and learning activities, XinaBox xChip modules are robust and cost effective for use in scaled beta testing or to support rapid turnaround and product customisation as the final hardware in small production runs.

Products in the XinaBox xChip range are now in stock and shipping from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

RS Components is a multi-channel distributor, offering more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. It operates in 32 countries and ships over 50,000 parcels a day.

XinaBox produces modular electronic hardware for developing, making products and learning. xChips are also used by school and college students to build, experiment and learn.

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