Starter kit can create connected medical, energy and industrial devices

To rapidly develop smart and secure connected devices, the ConnectCore for i.MX6UL starter kit aids development and prototyping of connected devices, featuring the small, wireless i.MX6UL System on Module (SoM).

According to Digi International it delivers a complete hardware and software platform to create a range of connected devices for medical, healthcare, energy or industrial applications. Designers can address all development needs with the included reference design for module integration, a prototyping platform for quickly creating proof-of-concepts, and a complete development environment to bring module-based designs to mass production.

It has a streamlined and rugged starter board, built on the ConnectCore for i.MX6UL module. The board delivers all the features and capabilities to build wired and wireless connected devices. It has a compact 87 x 63mm form factor with mounting options and offers 256Mbyte of NAND flash, and 256Mbyte DDR3 memory.

There is a choice of wired and wireless network connectivity through 10/100Mbit Ethernet networking, pre-certified 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networking and Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth low energy connectivity.

Grove connectors use a range of off-the-shelf Grove system sensors, there is also a breakout connector with access to all key module signals, USB host/device connectivity, SD card storage, and an on-board interference-hardened stamped metal antenna for rapid prototyping, says the company.

The intelligent and secure communication engine is based on the NXP i.MX 6UltraLite applications processor. The SoM is designed as an intelligent embedded platform with a small footprint and low power consumption. The module offers a low profile, patent-pending Digi SMTplus surface mount form factor slightly larger than a postage stamp that provides two cost-optimised integration options (LGA, and simplified castellated edge vias), and integrated Microcontroller Assist (MCA) capabilities for low power consumption.

The company’s complete Linux board support package enables the kit to deliver an integrated and tested Yocto Project Linux software platform with regular maintenance based on current, stable releases with full source code access.

The Digi TrustFence Device Security Framework provides critical device security features such as secure connections, secure boot, encrypted file systems, access-controlled ports and seamless integration of a dedicated on-module Secure Element (SE).

The ConnectCore 6UL Starter Kit is available now and the ConnectCore 6UL Development Kit will be available in Q4 2016.

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