Multiple open-source reference platforms deliver a wide range of capabilities to wearable designers
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NXP's Hexiwear platform offers a complete hardware and software solution that enables designers to move data from device sensors to the cloud. (Photo: Business Wire)
From fitness and wellness to industrial and smart devices, these new reference platforms target a range of IoT applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility, and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs. By offering both MCU and MPU based reference platforms, NXP can scale to address the varied requirements and usage models enabling faster and more cost effective development and design.
“NXP is able to leverage its broad portfolio of products to offer
comprehensive, form-factor reference designs for the wearable market,
simplifying customer design and accelerating customer time to market,”
Hexiwear Reference Platform enhanced by NXP
Based on Kinetis MCUs, the Hexiwear platform combines the style and usability found in high-end consumer devices, with the functionality and expandability of sophisticated engineering development platforms, making Hexiwear the ideal form factor for the wearable market, as well as other edge-node IoT solutions. Completely open-source and developed by MikroElektronika, in partnership with NXP, the Hexiwear hardware includes a breadth of NXP products: the low power, high performance Kinetis K6x microcontroller based on ARM Cortex-M4 core; the Kinetis KW40Z multimode radio SoC, supporting BLE in Hexiwear; three advanced NXP sensors: 6-axis accelerometer and magnetometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and an absolute digital pressure sensor; and an NXP single cell battery charger IC.
“NXP offers the most comprehensive portfolio of products for the
wearable market and combined with the expansive enablement and community
support, NXP was the ideal partner for the Hexiwear reference platform,”
The Hexiwear software includes open source application software, drivers and cloud connectivity, enabling designers to efficiently move data from the device’s sensors to the cloud. Hexiwear is supported with its own application for Android and iOS, so customers can connect the device to the cloud straight out of the box, without any additional software development. Hexiwear uses FreeRTOS, the Kinetis software development kit (SDK) and the Kinetis Design Studio IDE.
“Hexiwear is a complete IoT development system which, when integrated
with our cloud platform, delivers feature-packed cloud solutions faster
to the market,” said
The Hexiwear platform is also available for download from Kinetis Designs, the online portal for customers to access the latest open-source hardware and software reference designs based on Kinetis MCUs. Kinetis Designs provides access to information such as software, schematics and user documentation for quick use and customization. In addition to Hexiwear, Kinetis Designs also includes such wearable designs as the Bluetooth Low Energy heart rate monitoring platform. With new reference designs being added regularly, visit Kinetis Designs and Hexiwear at www.NXP.com/KinetisDesigns/Hexiwear.
WaRP7 Wearable Reference Platform enhanced by NXP
Based on i.MX 7Solo applications processors, WaRP7 is one of the most power-efficient MPU platforms for evaluation and rapid adoption into original product designs so wearable device designers can innovate and take a differentiated product to market faster. By utilizing the heterogeneous multicore architecture of the i.MX 7Solo device, WaRP7 allows customers to optimize power efficiency, lower the bill of materials, and it provides the ultimate in performance flexibility to address the varied usage models for the wearables market.
WaRP7 was developed in partnership with element14, a part of the
“element14’s experience in small form factor design, manufacturing
capability and experience with supporting the development community will
enable wearable projects to utilize WaRP7 and potentially finally answer
the question, where should I start to be successful in the wearables
market,” said David Shen, Group Chief Technical Officer,
WaRP7 hardware and software will be open source to allow developers to
take the platform as a starting point and innovate without licensing
restrictions. Hardware engineers will benefit from schematics, Gerber
files, and CAD files, while software engineers will be able to focus on
their differentiation by leveraging NXP’s board support packages for
Linux and Android optimized to run on the WaRP7 platform. A WaRP7 kit
will include the main CPU board, the I/O daughter card and a battery. A
touch screen LCD will be an optional choice. WaRP7 is scheduled to start
shipping in full production in
Demonstrations at Embedded World 2016
NXP will demonstrate these new wearable reference platforms on
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