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Embedded IoT Solutions Speed Prototyping

Microchip Technology has announced its cloud agnostic,
turnkey, full-stack embedded development solutions. From the smallest PIC and
AVR MCUs for sensors and actuator devices, to the most sophisticated 32-bit MCU
and MPU gateway solutions for edge computing, the company is now making it
possible for developers to connect to any major core and any major cloud, using
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or narrow band 5G technologies. A strong security foundation is
maintained through the support of its Trust Platform for the
CryptoAuthentication family.

Microchip’s portfolio of IoT solutions now includes six
additional solutions. With the goal of making their core, connectivity,
security, development environment and debug capabilities easily accessible, 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 built rapid prototyping
    tool developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), helping
    designers natively connect IoT sensor nodes to the AWS IoT Core service via
  • Gateway solutions running AWS IoT Greengrass:
    Based on the latest wireless System On Module (SOM), the ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM1
    integrates the SAMA5D2 MPU, WILC3000 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo module fully
    powered by the MCP16502 high performance 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
  • 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 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

Each solution is designed to focus on ease of use and
rapid development for smart industrial, medical, consumer, agriculture and
retail applications, with embedded security in mind. The vast selection of
connectivity technologies, combined with the wide range of microcontroller and
microprocessor performance and peripheral features, makes these solutions
scalable across a wide range of markets.

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

On-board and in-circuit programming and debugging
features are provided on the PKOB Nano, requiring only a USB cable to power,
debug and communicate. Larger solutions are supported by universal programmers
and debuggers, the MPLAB PICkit 4 and MPLAB ICD 4. The ATSAMA5D27-WLSOM 1 comes
with a set of free Linux distributions and by mainlining Microchip’s patches to
the Linux kernel, customers receive the full support of the open source
community to create high-quality solutions.

Microchip’s new range of small sensor node development
kits, IoT tools and solutions start at $29.00 in quantities 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 released 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

Learn more at

Microchip Technology |

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Embedded IoT Solutions Speed Prototyping

by Circuit Cellar Staff time to read: 2 min