RS Components partners with Zerynth to offer IoT tools for engineers

Distributor, RS Components, has signed a partnership agreement with start-up Zerynth to offer the DesignSpark Zerynth Studio middleware toolkit to enable engineers to program microcontrollers for connection to the IoT.

Zerynth develops middleware software for IoT projects and applications. The Zerynth IoT development environment will be available via a portal on the DesignSpark engineering community, for customers to download the tools.

Zerynth’s suite of software tools enables the programming of popular 32-bit microcontrollers and their connection to cloud infrastructures, to accelerate deployment of IoT enabled technology. The suite is a free and cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) that runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X based computers.

The toolkit includes a compiler, debugger and an advanced code editor, as well as providing tutorials and example projects. The collection allows engineers and developers to use either the Python programming language or a hybrid version of C/Python. Engineers can start to program after installing Zerynth VMs (Virtual Machines) on one of the many supported microcontrollers from manufacturers including Espressif, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP, Microchip/Atmel and STMicroelectronics, and connect them to leading cloud services from Amazon, Google, IBM or Microsoft.

The DesignSpark Zerynth Studio suite is available to download from the DesignSpark community website which offers a suite of free software tools and a host of resources and information to help engineers develop projects and quickly transition them from the concept to prototyping stages.

“Our mission is to help speed up projects and development for the IoT by reducing complexity and removing the barriers to entry for engineers,” said Gabriele Montelisciani, CEO at Zerynth. “This concept is a perfect fit with RS’ DesignSpark commitment to the maker and engineering communities, so we are delighted to sign up a leading player in the industry and thereby maximise the exposure of Zerynth and our innovative IoT programming technologies.”

“This agreement represents a pivotal step in the evolution of our partnership model and the augmentation of RS’ strategy for the IoT,” said Richard Curtin, vice president of strategic alliances at RS (pictured). “It is the first global IoT-based SaaS [(software as a service] commercial agreement for RS and Electrocomponents,” he said. “The Zerynth suite is fast becoming the ‘Android’ for embedded IoT applications and is a key addition to the DesignSpark suite of enabling design and development tools for engineers,” he added.

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