Imagination's Ci40 IoT Dev Kit In-A-Box Draws Interest Through Kickstarter Campaign
With the launch of the Creator Ci40 development kit Kickstarter campaign, Imagination Technologies hopes to provide hardware and software developers the toolkit needed to build their own IoT devices. Designed for use with open source frameworks, the Ci40 lets creative customers build connected devices and applications, ranging from wireless routers to security or home automation solutions.The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever expanding universe of Internet-connected devices projected to surpass today’s network infrastructures. Gartner research recently reminded the tech industry that the numbers predicted for IoT will be over 20.7 billion devices by 2020, with more than half those devices in the consumer market.
Imagination Technologies’ response to the IoT’s impending eclipse of our current infrastructure is the Creater Ci40 Development Kit, which includes one development board and five additional component boards from MikroElektronica, including two clicker expansion boards and three click sensor boards.The Creater Ci40 development board consists of a cXT200 SoC (a 550 MHz dual-core, dual-threaded interAptiv MIPS CPU), 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM and 512 MB of NAND flash. Networking is handled by an RJ45 Ethernet port; an Ensigma C4500 RPU providing 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1; and 802.15.4 functionality for use with Thread, ZigBee and 6LoWPAN. The Creator Ci40 may run on Linux distributions such as OpenWrt and Debian, as well as Google’s new Brillo OS. Communicating with the Creator Ci40 is done through the two 6LoWPAN Clicker expansion boards, which are included in the dev kit. The Clicker boards contain a 32-bit MIPS-based PIC32MX microcontroller, a USB port, two LEDs, push buttons, a reset button, a mikroProg connector and headers. The Clicker board runs Contiki OS and is powered by two AAA batteries. Firmware updates are made easy through the USB/HID bootloader.The three included Click boards plug into mikroBUS sockets found on the Clicker boards, providing additional features. The three Click boards included are a THERMO 2 Click, a RELAY Click, and a MOTION Click. The kit is not just limited to the three included Click boards, though, as there are over 150 Click boards available from MikroElektronika.
Presently, Imagination Technologies has raised $24,897 out of $30,383 (£20,000) of its target Kickstarter goal, with 21 days remaining.