Avnet announces upgraded IoT starter kit – CES 2018



Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2018: Avnet, a leading global technology distributor, today announced the availability of the AT&T IoT Starter Kit (2nd generation), an “innovative”System-on-Module IoT solution that provides a complete development environment for both prototyping and production of sensor-to-Cloud applications and services.

Powered by AT&T IoT services, this kit is fully compliant with FCC, PTCRB, and AT&T network certifications for operations in the United States.

The new single-board System-on-Module IoT solution includes a small (79.5 mm x 30 mm) development board built around Wistron NeWeb Corporation (WNC) M18Q2FG-1 LTE Cat-4 modem module. This M18Q2FG-1 cellular modem module also provides user application code support via a dedicated ArmCortex™-A7 processor, thus eliminating the need for an external host processor. A Software Development Kit (SDK) delivers the necessary API calls to access hardware peripherals and system resources. Application code built with the SDK is loaded into the M18Q2FG-1 module through a USB interface on the development board, eliminating the need for external proprietary JTAG cables.

A rich set of embedded system peripherals, controllable through the user’s application code, are easily accessible through a 60-pin expansion connector or a 2×6 peripheral module header. This enables easy system customization with application specific sensors and I/O interfaces through the addition of user created or off-the-shelf plug-in boards.

“Witnessing the astonishing speed at which IoT technology is permeating markets, Avnet and AT&T wanted to provide customers with a development resource that would facilitate the leapfrog advances in system connectivity and security needed to remain competitive in an increasingly digital world,” said Jim Beneke, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Avnet. “This new IoT Starter Kit demonstrates the unique edge-to-enterprise value Avnet can bring to market with the support of industry leaders like AT&T. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to build on this platform, paving the way for our customers to develop even more groundbreaking IoT-enabled innovations.”



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