Trio combine engineering and IoT expertise for wireless multi-sensor modules
Arrow Electronics, Panasonic Industry and STMicroelectronics have collaborated to provide low power, wireless, multi-sensors, edge intelligence modules for smart factory and smart home applications.
Arrow contributes engineering and global distribution capabilities for Panasonic Industry’s IoT modules which are based on the ST Microelectronics BlueTile (STEVAL-BCN002V1B) multi-sensor development kit. The kit is designed to enable customers to test ideas and bring IoT products to market faster.
The IoT Solution Module features ST’s latest BlueNRG Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 SoC, paired with inertial, environmental and audio sensors. The on-board sensors enable the cost-effective delivery of a range of IoT applications for smart factory and smart home applications.
The module reduces bill of materials cost by combining an accelerometer and gyroscope with time of flight, pressure and humidity sensors with Bluetooth communications. The low power design enables OEM customers to “dramatically slash time-to-market and reduce design expense and complexity using certified modules,” said Arrow.
“The modern embedded design requires sensors and wireless connectivity. This is accelerating based on the breadth of wireless standards being integrated into products. However, using sensors and designing the supporting circuitry for the task would take a lot of time and resources to develop,” explained Matthias Hutter, vice president of product management and supplier marketing at Arrow Electronics in EMEA.
“Additional certification time is needed . . . . Using pre-qualified wireless sensor modules in the system design [saves] development time and budget which speeds up time to market for our customers. By working with ST and Panasonic we are bringing the fundamental sensor and wireless building blocks in a great package for accelerated design,” he concluded.
Distributor Arrow Electronics liaises with 175,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers.
Panasonic Industry Europe is part of the global Panasonic Group and provides automotive and industrial products and services in Europe.
The company’s portfolio covers key electronic components, devices and modules up to complete solutions and production equipment for manufacturing lines across a broad range of industries. Panasonic Industry Europe is part of the global company.
STMicroelectronics is a semiconductor company, specialising in intelligent and energy-efficient products and solutions, enabling smarter driving and smarter factories, cities and homes, along with the next generation of mobile and IoT devices.