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Unveiling new range of embedded IoT solutions for rapid prototyping

Due to the fragmented nature from the Internet of products (IoT) marketplace, increasing project complexity and charges, today's developers face more challenges in design decisions than in the past. These challenges lead to extended development times, increased security threats and failed solutions. Continuing to execute upon its core strategy of delivering smart, connected and secure systems, Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) announced its cloud agnostic, turnkey, full-stack embedded development solutions.

From the smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers (MCUs) for sensors and actuator devices, to the most sophisticated 32-bit MCU and microprocessor (MPU) gateway solutions for edge computing, the organization is now making it possible for developers for connecting to the major core and then any major cloud, using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or narrow band 5G technologies – all while keeping a powerful security foundation with the support of their Trust Platform for the Crypto Authentication family.

Microchip's already broad portfolio of IoT solutions now includes six additional solutions. Making their core, connectivity, security, development environment and debug capabilities readily available, all are designed to lower project costs and complexity in development:

  • PIC-IoT WA and AVR-IoT WA boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU development boards with a companion custom made rapid prototyping tool coded in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), helping designers natively connect IoT sensor nodes to the AWS IoT Core service via Wi-Fi
  • Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass: In line with the latest wireless System On Module (SOM), the ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1 integrates the SAMA5D2 MPU, WILC3000 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module fully run by the MCP16502 high end Power Management IC (PMIC)
  • SAM-IoT WG: Connects the Google Cloud IoT Core with Microchip's popular 32-bit SAM-D21 Arm Cortex M0+ range of microcontrollers
  • Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform: Integrates the Azure IoT device SDK and Azure IoT services with Microchip's MPLAB X development tools ecosystem
  • PIC-BLE and AVR-BLE boards: Two new PIC and AVR MCU boards for sensor node devices that connect to mobile devices for industrial, consumer and security applications and also the cloud via gateways featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • LTE-M/NB-IoT development kit: Features Monarch chip-based modules by Sequans enabling coverage of IoT nodes and leveraging the latest low power, 5G cellular technology

“Microchip is building on its already comprehensive portfolio of tools and solutions to enable quick, easy growth and development of secure IoT applications across the full spectrum of embedded control devices and architectures,” said Greg Robinson, associate vice president of marketing for Microchip's 8-bit microcontroller business unit. “Our latest partnerships with Sequans, utilizing its 5G technology, and Microsoft Azure extend our dedication to developing innovative solutions.”

“We are content that Microchip is adding the Azure IoT SAM MCU based IoT development platform to its IoT solutions portfolio,” said Sam George, corporate vice president, Azure IoT, at Microsoft. “With Azure RTOS, Azure IoT services and Microchip's MPLAB X development tools ecosystem, customers can seamlessly connect IoT devices towards the Microsoft Azure cloud.”

Each solution is made to focus on ease of use and rapid development for smart industrial, medical, consumer, agriculture and retail applications, with embedded peace of mind in mind. The vast choice of connectivity technologies, combined with the number of microcontroller and microprocessor performance and peripheral features, makes them solutions scalable across an array of markets.

Development Tools
Microchip's new IoT solutions build on the business's vast ecosystem of development tools, focused on the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Code generators like the MPLAB X Code Configurator (MCC) automate and speed up the creation and customization of the application code for that smallest PIC and AVR microcontrollers, as the Harmony software libraries support all 32-bit microcontroller and microprocessor solutions.

On-board and in-circuit programming and debugging features are supplied on the PKOB Nano, requiring merely a USB cable to power, debug and communicate. Larger solutions are based on universal programmers and debuggers, the MPLAB PICkit 4 and MPLAB ICD 4. The ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM 1 comes with a group of free Linux distributions and by mainlining Microchip's patches to the Linux kernel, customers receive the full support from the free community to produce high-quality solutions.

Pricing and Availability
Microchip's new range of small sensor node development kits, IoT tools and solutions start at $29.00 in amount of one. Ordering part numbers include:

  • PIC-IoT WA Development Board for Wi-Fi connection to AWS IoT Core: EV54Y39A
  • AVR-IoT WA Development Board for Wi-Fi connection to AWS IoT Core: EV15R70A
  • SAMA5D27 and WILC3000-based wireless SOM supporting AWS IoT Greengrass: ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1
  • SAM-IoT WG: To be released in Q2 2020
  • Azure IoT SAM MCU: To be sold in Q2 2020
  • PIC-BLE Development Board for Bluetooth Low Energy connection: DT100112
  • AVR-BLE Development Board for Bluetooth Low Energy connection: DT100111
  • LTE-M/NB-IoT Development Kit: To be released in Q3 2020