Distribution deal for ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit, with Freescale silicon

April 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
A pre-configured ARM mbed-enabled microcontroller development board is now available from distributor element14, hosting an ARM Cortex-M4 processor and IBM's BlueMix cloud service.

Farnell element14 has announced it is first to stock the recently launched ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition for IBM Internet of Things Foundation, opening up opportunities for tech enthusiasts across the world to experiment and innovate with the Internet of Things (IoT). Priced at £79 (UK Pounds or local equivalent) the development kit aims to enable people with limited or no experience of embedded design or web development to create IoT applications and devices, “in a matter of minutes.”

The development kit, which guides users through the processes for developing cloud-ready IoT devices, comes with an ARM mbed-enabled development board, built on the Freescale FRDM-K64F Kinetis microcontroller, which has an ARM Cortex-M4 processing core running at 120MHz. An Ethernet connection links the kit to IBM's Bluemix cloud service, which acts as a guide on how to use the board.

The kits also features a sensor expansion board, which contains a 128 x 32 graphics LCD, 256 kB RAM, 1 MB of flash storage, a speaker, five-way joystick, temperature sensor, accelerometer, potentiometers and a PWM (pulse-width modulation) control line to receive digital signals.

David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell, said: “The new ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit is an ideal ecosystem to develop IoT enabled applications. The out of box experience is outstanding as it allows designers of all skill levels to get their device connected to the cloud and begin reading the kit’s sensors remotely in a matter of minutes.”

“The agreement with element14 makes the ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit easily available to any developer, almost anywhere on the planet, at a price they can afford,” said Zach Shelby, vice president, IoT business marketing, ARM. “A major focus for mbed is to lower the barriers to IoT innovation, enabling anyone to become an entrepreneur. This kit helps to deliver on that ambition.”

The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit is available from Farnell element14 in Europe.