Microchip Announces Cheaper M2M Development Platform

Sept. 12, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced a new Verizon Wireless certified machine-to-machine (M2M) development platform for code division multiple access (CDMA). The full-featured platform enables custom embedded firmware application development on the PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller, with local-area and remote cellular connectivity. The platform is pre-certified on the Verizon Wireless network, with two-way communication capability. It enables designers to develop on a standard 32-bit platform to collect data, share locally over 10/100 Ethernet and ZigBee® and communicate to a cloud application. Applications requiring remote monitoring, including alarm systems, home automation, remote pipeline equipment, vending machines and fleet management, can benefit from the platform.

The M2M development platform for CDMA, which is FCC Part 15 certified, includes GPS for location-aware applications, a serial communication interface for simple wired connectivity, microSD Card support for code, event or image storage, and an on-board 3-axis accelerometer to monitor motion. Additionally, the platform includes temperature and light sensors, and two expansion ports for custom sensing or connectivity development.

“Microchip’s new M2M development platform is an ideal solution for developers who want to add remote-management capability to their designs,” said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip’s MCU32 division, in a prepared statement. “It brings processing and communications peripherals together at a significant cost breakthrough for developers, in a space where M2M platforms often cost thousands of dollars.”

Pricing & Availability

The M2M development platform for CDMA (part # DM320017, $379.99) is available for purchase. For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Website here.