Avnet Announces Upgraded IoT Starter Kit

Fully certified, production-ready, second-gen solution streamlines IoT system development

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Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, on January 9, 2018, announced the availability of the AT&T IoT Starter Kit (2nd Generation), an innovative new System-on-Module IoT solution that provides a complete development environment for both prototyping and production of sensor-to-cloud applications and services. Powered by AT&T IoT services, this kit is fully compliant with FCC, PTCRB, and AT&T network certifications for operations in the United States. CES 2018 show attendees can get a preview of the new IoT Starter Kit at Avnet booth #2609, at Tech East, Westgate Las Vegas Resort.

The new single-board System-on-Module IoT solution includes a small (79.5 mm x 30 mm) development board built around Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) M18Q2FG-1 LTE Cat-4 modem module. This M18Q2FG-1 cellular modem module also provides user application code support via a dedicated Arm Cortex-A7 processor, thus eliminating the need for an external host processor. A Software Development Kit (SDK) delivers the necessary API calls to access hardware peripherals and system resources. Application code built with the SDK is loaded into the M18Q2FG-1 module through a USB interface on the development board, eliminating the need for external proprietary JTAG cables.

A rich set of embedded system peripherals, controllable through the user’s application code, are easily accessible through a 60-pin expansion connector or a 2×6 peripheral module header. This enables easy system customization with application-specific sensors and I/O interfaces through the addition of user-created or off-the-shelf plug-in boards.

“Witnessing the astonishing speed at which IoT technology is permeating markets, Avnet and AT&T wanted to provide customers with a development resource that would facilitate the leapfrog advances in system connectivity and security needed to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world,” said Jim Beneke, vice president, engineering and technology, Avnet. “This new IoT Starter Kit demonstrates the unique edge-to-enterprise value Avnet can bring to market with the support of industry leaders like AT&T. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on this platform, paving the way for our customers to develop even more groundbreaking IoT-enabled innovations.”

AT&T services facilitate cloud-based, visual application development and production deployment via the AT&T IoT Platform to simplify device management, trigger business events, and orchestrate the distribution of sensor data between IoT devices, existing business infrastructure, and a host of integrated Cloud services.

”IoT innovation is helping generate a greater level of productivity and operational efficiency across multiple industries,” said Mike Troiano, vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Avnet to give developers the tools they need to build IoT solutions that will transform their operations and allow them to better meet the needs of their customers.”

The AT&T IoT Starter Kit (2nd Generation) is now available for $109 via the AT&T IoT Marketplace.

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