The two companies are collaborating on an Internet of Things (IoT) prototyping developer kit. By I.D. Scales.
ARM has announced a rapid prototyping developer kit for the Internet of Things (IoT) market that integrates the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB 598U Modem by Sierra Wireless with the mbed microcontroller development platform, which is based on ARM's Cortex-M3 processor.
ARM is focused on stimulating the IoT market because of its huge potential (billions of microcontrollers) and recognises (like everyone else) that key elements in the ecosystem can be given the right encouragement to gel a cross-vertical market and build scale.
One key is clearly developer kits to integrate sensors and radio devices.
"Historically the creation of connected devices for such applications has involved complicated development on 8-bit microcontroller architectures with even further complexity involved when integrating a modem," says the announcement. "The rapid prototyping developer kit from Sprint and ARM overcomes these challenges by providing a simple C++ development environment on a full 32-bit high-performance microcontroller. These open source drivers will be pre-integrated for the Sprint Mobile Broadband USB 598U Modem, allowing developers to focus on their particular project with the reassurance of a fully integrated, functional modem."
The Sprint modems and ARM sensors can be integrated for use across a range of key industry verticals, claim the companies: including automotive, transportation, healthcare, utilities, retail, and energy. The Sprint implementation will be on its 3G CDMA EVDO Rev network.
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