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Start-up, relayr distributes Internet of Things starter kit through Conrad Distributor Conrad Business Supplies has announced that it is working exclusively with Berlin based start-up company relayr (iThings4U GmbH) to support the development and launch of the Open Source ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) starter kit known as ‘Wunder- Bar’. Start-up company, relayr is focussed on enabling applications using connected devices, and providing the infrastructure that will allows many of the product concepts currently circulating as Internet-of-Things ideas, the get the real world and to function. Medium- and long-term, relayr’s business model is to, in effect, ‘commoditise’ aspects such as the cloud services that will produce real and useful services from the IoT. The company is considering models similar to the “app” environment with revenue streams coming from small subscriptions or one-time payments, for IoT-based functions and services. It is developing a range of offerings such as its Open Sensor Cloud concept, which will be an environment where data from myriad smart devices can be collated and made useful by an embedded rules engine. relayr http://relayr.io Raspberry Pi embedded compute module development kit from element14 Distributor element14 has added to its development kit range; the Raspberry Pi Compute Development Kit is aimed at taking power of the Raspberry Pi to embedded applications. The original Raspberry Pi has now sold over three million units worldwide, with applications ranging from a child’s first experience of computing through to space explorations. Increasingly, due to its low cost, high performance and stable support package, many design engineers are incorporating a complete Raspberry Pi unit into their end design. With significant interest in using the Raspberry Pi in industrial and embedded applications the logical next step is to provide engineers with all the benefits the traditional board in a flexible form factor to support embedded design, hence the development of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. The Raspberry Pi Compute Module allows design engineers to use their own interface board that will host the compute module and deliver a smooth experience as they move from prototyping on the Pi through to shipping commercial product in volume. Small and powerful, SODIMM sized (6.5 x 3 cm), the Compute Module contains the BCM2835 chip with 512 MB RAM with an on board 4 GB eMMC Flash memory for booting the OS. element14 www.element14.com Digi-Key upgrades its Free Scheme-it circuit design tool Digi-Key announced new enhancements to its popular Schemeit circuit design tool, freely available on the distributor’s website. The tool was co-designed and built by Aspen Labs LLC, a business media company focused on the needs of engineers. Digi-Key’s Scheme-it design tool provides users with a simple, free-to-use way to record their circuit design idea in a shareable, electronic form. The tool implements the entire Digi-Key catalog, allowing users to design with actual parts available for immediate shipment from Digi-Key. “The impetus for developing a tool like Scheme-it revolved around lowering the barrier to design, allowing users to move their design from back of napkin to bill of materials,” according to David Sandys, Director, Digi-Key Supplier Marketing. “Integration with the Digi-Key catalog truly differentiates the tool from other free options, as designers are able to design parts into their circuit with the knowledge that they can move right into ordering them from Digi-Key.” The circuit diagrams can be set at the Block, Icon, System, or Schematic level with a library of over 700 generic symbols. Custom symbols can also be created. Together with access to over 4 million components via Digi-Key Catalog integration, the designs can remain private or can be shared easily via a link, or embedded into web pages, blogs or emails. The final circuit comes with an integrated BOM, they can be exported into PDF or PNG files. Digi-Key www.digikey.com Pre-configured WiFi kit enables wireless connectivity to the cloud Mouser Electronics has the Ayla IoT Design Kit, equipped with a Murata Wireless Wi-Fi connectivity module. This design and development kit allows you to securely connect devices to the cloud from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The Ayla Design Kit with Murata WiFi Connectivity allows developers to easily connect their projects to Ayla’s cloud service. Wireless connectivity is supported by a Murata Type-YD 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n radio module supporting WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK encryption. The Murata Type-YD module includes a TCP/IP stack, security firmware, and other network application features. Murata’s Wi-Fi module mounted on Ayla’s design kit allows devices to be securely controlled using OAuth-based authentication from anywhere. Developers can use these technologies to provide interactive control of industrial systems, lighting applications, HVAC, and more, all with minimal modifications to existing systems. Murata also has a certified version of this module; the Type YDD (YD module mounted on a daughterboard) enables designers by eliminating regulatory approval. Mouser www.mouser.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2014 49


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