Silicon Labs has introduced a complete sensor-to-cloud development kit that provides all the hardware and software developers need to create battery-powered wireless sensor nodes for the Internet of Things (IoT). Silicon Labs’ new feature-packed Thunderboard Sense ‘inspiration kit’ includes six onboard sensors, a Wireless Gecko SoC for multiprotocol cloud connectivity, 8MB of external flash for over-the-air updates and a built-in SEGGER J-Link to simplify programming and debugging. Thunderboard Sense ships with Silicon Labs’ ready-to-use cloud-connected IoT mobile apps, making it easy to collect and view a wealth of real time sensor data for cloud-based analytics and business intelligence.
According to the IoT market research firm ON World, annual shipments of wireless sensor nodes will reach 2.5 billion units by 2021, up from 680 million this year. Short-range wireless technologies such as ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will connect the majority of these nodes to the cloud. All-inclusive, easy-to-use development kits like Thunderboard Sense and Thunderboard React makes it easy for developers of all skill levels to create cloud-connected wireless sensing products for homes, offices, smart cities, smart grids, transportation, agriculture and asset tracking.
The latest addition to Silicon Labs’ Thunderboard family of development kits, Thunderboard Sense simplifies IoT design by providing the sensing, processing and a choice of connectivity technologies needed to connect battery-powered sensor nodes to the cloud. Onboard sensors measure data, such as motion, light and environmental conditions, and then transmit this data wirelessly to the cloud. An intuitive Android or iOS mobile app displays the data on the developer’s mobile device for data aggregation and cloud analytics.
“We’ve designed Thunderboard Sense to inspire developers to create innovative, end-to-end IoT solutions from sensor nodes to the cloud,” said Raman Sharma, Director of Silicon Labs’ IoT Developer Experience. “Thunderboard Sense helps developers make sense of everything in the IoT. They can move quickly from proof of concept to end product and develop a wide range of wireless sensing applications that leverage best-in-class cloud analytics software and business intelligence platforms.”
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