Global distributor Avnet announced the release of its LSR Wireless Shield, a platform with customizable sensor/peripheral capabilities for prototyping wireless connected Internet of Things (IoT) products. The board uses SmartFusion™2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Microsemi Corporation.
Avnet also released a new TiWiConnect Wi-Fi Cloud Connectivity Reference Design, which integrates the company’s SmartFusion2 KickStart Development Board with the new LSR Wireless Shield, allowing customers to begin prototyping a cloud-based solution using the TiWiConnect IoT platform from LS Research, a Laird business.
Avnet launched the products to meet customers’ growing need for Internet of Things (IoT) solution development and prototyping support.
“Avnet’s new TiWiConnect Wi-Fi Cloud Connectivity Reference Design exemplifies Avnet’s expertise in IoT connectivity and our continued commitment to providing our customers with unparalleled technical support by leveraging the technology strengths of leading suppliers, like Microsemi and LSR, to build a portfolio of time-saving and affordable design solutions,” said Tom Curran, senior technical marketing engineer, Avnet Electronics Marketing.
The LSR Wireless Shield features dual wireless modules from LSR, Arduino-compatible shield and Pmod-compatible expansion connectors for maximized versatility in prototyping wireless-connected IoT products. The LSR Wireless Shield has LSR’s TiWi-C-W WLAN b/g/n and SaBLE-x Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) certified wireless modules, offering ultra-low power performance for Wi-Fi and BLE that most IoT applications demand. In addition, the TiWi-C-W can be quickly configured as a cloud agent providing seamless connectivity to LSR’s TiWiConnect end-to-end IoT platform, giving customers a range of cloud implementation options (turnkey/subscription/user-developed/hosted).
Customers receive free developer account access to the avnet.tiwiconnect.com online portal with the purchase of the LSF Wireless Shield. The online portal features a host of IoT cloud services and tools such as device management, alerts, dashboards and a mobile app to further accelerate development efforts.