Using a crowdsourcing approach, the Dream Board project will uncover the components and technologies that today's engineers are looking for, allowing users to assemble their ideal development kit online by selecting from a range of technical options relating to board size, processor, memory, sensors, features, interface and connectivity and core architecture.
Once an engineer has configured their desired technical specifications, personalisation features allow users to name their board, add a description, upload a logo and choose the board colour. The completed design can be saved and shared online, enabling users to show off their designs.
Distributor element14 will then combine the most popular components selected to create the ultimate Dream Board, to be unveiled later in the year. In a way, this could be viewed as the board-level analogy of what distributor EBV Elektronik is doing at chip-level with the EBVchips initiative launched four years ago.
The initiative builds on the results of a survey carried out by element14 earlier this month, exploring the dilemmas engineers face in choosing development kits in the design process. It revealed the most important features and requirements are: physical interface and connectivity, and processor data width and speed: memory, the core architecture and on-board sensors being less critical.
“Our Dream Board initiative will provide valuable insights into how engineers and makers want to see development kits evolving. We will be able to find out what makes up the 'perfect’ board for our customers, what that will enable them to do and how they are looking to push boundaries in development kit design”, commented Dianne Kibbey Global Head of Community at element14, in a statement.
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