Android development kit for IoT apps – distributor issues the RIoT board

February 07, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
‘Revolutionising the Internet of Things’ leads to the tag line of the “RIoT” board from Farnell element14; an open source, single board platform, designed to run Android operating systems efficiently and with a high processing performance/low-power consumption processor,. A range of peripherals and display capabilities makes it suitable as a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The board is suitable for Android and Linux development and is based on the Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor; using the ARM Cortex®-A9 architecture. Priced at £46 the RIoTboard is available from Farnell element14 in Europe.

David Shen, Chief Technology Officer at Premier Farnell said: “The RIoTboard has been designed for and supported by a community of Design Engineers and Application Developers. The hardware design has an optimised form factor, utilises one of the latest high performance multimedia processors and has been optimised for low power consumption. Addressing these key design challenges upfront will reduce development time and time to market.

The platform includes;

The Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor at speeds up to 1 GHz

The Freescale Kinetis K20 MCU

The Freescale MMPF0100 Power Management Integrated Chip

1 GByte of 32-bit wide DDR3 @ 800MHz


The RIoTboard platform also includes a set of peripherals including a 10M/100M/Gb Ethernet port, one USB 2.0 OTG High Speed and four USB 2.0 High Speed 2.0 Hosts, LVDS, HDMI and Parallel RGB interfaces, micro TF and SD card interfaces, analogue headphone/microphone jacks, camera interface, serial ports, JTAG and boot configuration interfaces.

Element 14 is expecting interest from

Vertical/industrial/educational tablets

Smart home appliances

Medical – patient monitoring and telehealth

Factory automation and HMI

Digital signage

Point of sale equipment

IP Phones, scanners and smart metering

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