Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet (NYSE: AVT), has introduced the Wi-Go Module, a wireless accessory module for the Freescale Semiconductor Freedom development platform. Created by Avnet engineers, this development board transforms the Freescale Freedom development platform into a completely portable wireless sensor system. In support of the Wi-Go board, Avnet will be holding a series of global SpeedWay technical seminars throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Japan and will sponsor the “Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge” with supplier partners Freescale, Murata and ARM. For more information on the Wi-Go Module, visit www.em.avnet.com/Wi-Go. To register for the upcoming SpeedWay, “Low-Power Design with Freescale Kinetis-L Microcontrollers,” visit www.em.avnet.com/KinetisLSpeedway.
“With increasing demand for connected, battery-powered applications, Avnet joined forces with our supplier partners to create a complete wireless system that implements Wi-Fi connectivity, a rich set of sensors and a USB-rechargeable battery subsystem,” said Jim Carver, technical director, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “We’ve designed the Wi-Go Module and the upcoming SpeedWay technical seminars to go hand in hand. These seminars will give engineers a great opportunity to see firsthand how easy wireless applications can be when choosing the right products during the design phase.”
The Avnet Wi-Go Module
With an 800mA/h battery, the Avnet Wi-Go Module can be self-powered for days while facilitating portable data acquisition for the on-board sensor system. The Wi-Go Module is a companion to the Freescale Freedom development platform, featuring the new Kinetis L microcontroller (MKL25Z128VLK4) and Avnet Getting Started Guide.
Features of the Avnet Wi-Go Module include:
- Freescale’s MMA8451Q accelerometer for 3D acceleration monitoring, MAG3110 low-power digital 3D magnetometer sensor, and Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 altimeter, pressure sensor and temperature sensor.
- Murata’s LBWAIZZVK7 Wi-Fi communications module.
- Two Mbytes of low-power serial flash memory, Spansion’s S25FL216K.
- Maxim battery operation, monitoring and smart charging of the included (800mA/h lithium polymer battery).
- Vishay’s TEMT6200FX01 analog output ambient light sensor.
Low Power Design with Freescale Kinetis-L Microcontrollers SpeedWay Technical Seminars
Beginning October 23, 2012, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Freescale, Murata and ARM will be hosting a series of SpeedWay technical seminars in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe, Asia and Japan. From Austin to Sao Paulo, engineers can learn ways to incorporate the Wi-Go module with the Freescale Freedom development platform featuring the Kinetis-L microcontrollers.
These daylong workshops will feature a mix of in-person presentations and hands-on labs, giving engineers a jump start on software development for Freescale’s new ultra-low power microcontrollers. There will also be presentations focusing on the Open-SDA Debug interface, the ARM Keil MDK software, critical low-power system design considerations and more.
“Freescale created the Kinetis-L series microcontrollers to free power-critical designs from 8- and 16-bit MCU limitations,” said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Industrial & Multi-Market MCU business. “This one-day SpeedWay will help time-constrained engineers familiarize themselves with this new product line and find new ways to utilize the robust processing performance, on-chip flash memory and extensive peripheral options the Kinetis-L series microcontroller provides.”
Cost to Attend:
The Kinetis-L series MCU SpeedWay costs $99 to attend. Each attendee will receive a Freescale Freedom development platform, Avnet Wi-Go Module and a 90-day license of the ARM Keil MDK software V4.54. Registration is open now at www.em.avnet.com/KinetisLSpeedway.
Enter the Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge
On October 23, Avnet Electronics Marketing, along with supplier partners Freescale Semiconductor, Murata and ARM will launch the “Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge.” Design engineers are encouraged to use their creativity and create a wireless application using the Avnet Wi-Go Board and Freescale Freedom development platform. Prizes include an 11-inch Apple MacBook Air, an Apple iPad 2, an Apple iPod and $50.00 gift certificates to shop on AvnetExpress.com. Full contest details are here: http://www.em.avnet.com/wigocontest.
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