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M2M developer kit to speed entry into smart services market

Posted by Steve RogersonJune 16, 2011

An M2M smart services development kit with a deployable Intel Atom processor-based services-ready system has been introduced by Kontron.

Developed with Intel, the standards-based computer-on-module (com)-based kit is a development and deployment tool that provides simple plug-and-play capability letting designers develop and test their application’s connectivity and performance, then quickly deploy.

The kit is designed to meet customer needs for accelerated M2M connected-computing launch schedules of smart services that use cloud-based computing to communicate and aggregate data on edge node and gateway devices. It uses the Com Express compatible Nano ETX Express-TT format and includes an M2M system carrier board and an AV board to support headed configuration use.

The kit is 802.11a/b/g/n wlan and 802.15.4 wpan capable, and 3G wwan is either pre-installed or easily enabled by dropping in a pre-certified PCI Express 3G and 4G module. The com-based modular architectural approach gives OEMs, smart services developers and independent software vendors benefits including reduced development cost, risk and time-to-market in a production-ready cots small factor platform that includes mounting hardware for ease of deployment.

“Kontron is simplifying M2M application development by providing connected computing M2M intelligent devices based on Intel architecture, as well as the infrastructure building blocks to enable M2M technology data from the point of collection through the cloud to the point of aggregation and decision,” said Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron.

“The Kontron M2M smart services developer kit works out-of-the-box, and its extensive capabilities allow the developer to test the smart services application in a connected environment that will be similar to an actual deployment.”

The system is preloaded with a 90-day free trial of Wind River Linux 4.1. The kit also includes a Wind River Live USB drive that provides the software stacks and drivers to support immediate wireless connectivity testing. The pre-flashed drive containing Wind River software is optimised for developing, running, debugging and prototyping embedded software directly onto the system using Wind River development tools.

“Machine-to-machine is all about seamlessly integrating compute and connectivity in small smart platforms with the focus on simplifying the development process by relieving designers from having to master the complexities of wireless connected computing technologies,” said Kevin Johnson, director of embedded connected devices for Intel. “Based on the Intel Atom processor, the new kit and product line gives designers a small, power efficient, high-performance production-ready solution that is supported by a robust ecosystem of hardware and software providers.”

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