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Avnet’s SmartEdge Industrial IoT Gateway is Powered by Raspberry Pi

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Late in 2021, Avnet introduced their SmartEdge Industrial Internet of Things Gateway, which is powered by Raspberry Pi.  This gateway has best-in-class pricing and offers a level of simplicity accessibility and capability that can only come from the unique features of a Raspberry Pi-based solution.

The SmartEdge is based on the Raspberry Pi’s Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 that delivers better performance along with power efficiency.  There is an onboard 8GB eMMC flash, which makes it more robust for the often volatile industrial environments.

 It features RS485/RS232, CAN, and Modbus industrial communications interfaces. The operating temperature is a healthy -20° – 70° C range. There is also an onboard Trust Platform Module (TPM 2.0) encryption to offer comprehensive end-to-end security. This security protection is to safeguard the volumes of data transmitted securely from edge devices to Avnet’s IoT Connect Cloud solution. That solution is Microsoft Azure certified.

The Avnet IoTConnect Platform is an enterprise-ready solution. It is a full IoT-ready Platform, to build, deploy and manage connected assets efficiently. There is a powerful device management system along with built-in analytics, that allows the user to connect and manage devices with little or no coding. Its interface enables enterprises to create, design, and develop applications faster than through labor-intensive coding, saving time to market and the cost of development.

SmartEdge Industrial IoT Gateway comes with a free 30-day trial of the complete Avnet IoTConnect platform when the product is registered. This helps users experience the powerful, yet intuitive and intelligent IoT platform for industrial applications.


  • Processor
    • Quad-core ARM SoC, 64-bit, up to 900MHz
  • RAM
  • Interface
    • 2 USB ports
    • Isolated RS485/232/Modbus
    • CAN
    • Digital I/O
    • mPCIe slot (Cellular)
  • Flash
    • 8GB eMMC
  • Wireless
    • Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2
    • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
    • Dual 10/100 Ethernet
  • On-Board Security
    • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0)
  • RT Clock
    • Embedded RTC w/ battery backup
  • Input Power
    • 12V – 24V DC (terminal block)
  • Display
    • 1080p HDMI
  • GPIO/Expansion
    • 40 Pin GPIO header for HAT interface
  • Antenna
    • Internal
    • External
  • OS
    • Raspbian
  • Cloud solution
    • Avnet IoTConnect
  • Operating Temp
    • -20° ~ 70°C
  • Mounting
    • DIN rail, wall mount, or free standing
  • App download
    • Google Play
    • Apple App Store

A rugged hardware platform, from processor to communications the gateway is built for industrial environments and industrial-grade applications. The construction ensures lifelong reliability while operating under adverse conditions and in harsh climates. It is a metal housing for fanless cooling with a wide operating temperature.

For further information on the SmartEdge IIoT go to the Avnet SmartEdge product page found here.

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