Kits to accelerate development of Google modular smartphones

January 15, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) and eInfochips have unveiled the ARTOS12 Development Kit at the Project Ara Module Developers Conference 2015.

Devices on Google Project Ara specifications are expected to transform the smartphone experience. Ara modular smartphone users will be able to pick the components they like, such as a camera, long-life battery, loud speaker, gaming console, water sensor and so on.

Shardul Kazi, Senior Vice President and Technology Executive, System LSI Group, at TAEC said, "Smartphones double up as HD displays, music players, computers, cameras, wallets and video conferencing equipment. Next, it may be your watch, blood-pressure monitor, memory stick, TV remote, projector and car key. While the Toshiba chips are at the heart of the Ara Smartphone providing the connectivity between the modules, the Development Kit and services can enable these new and exciting designs to get to market much quicker."

The kit features MicroSD and USB slots enabling developers to store data and interface to external devices. The Toshiba T6WR6XBG general-purpose bridge used in the development kit supports optional interfaces such as UART, I 2C, I 2S, SPI, and GPIO on the 1x2 module. The Ara 1x2 module development kit also includes high-speed interfaces for connection to the application processor bridge, USB drivers and quick-start documentation. Engineering services, distribution, support, release management and product delivery of ARTOS12 Google Ara development kits is provided by eInfochips.

EInfochips, in addition to being the development and support collaborator for the EITAEC Development Kit, will also offer its expertise on Google Ara modules with custom design and engineering services. These include platform porting, multimedia integration, application development, and performance optimisation, among others. Companies seeking first-mover advantage on Google Ara modules can make use of eInfochips' experience in this domain to accelerate development cycles. Having contributed to over 500+ hardware and software product designs, eInfochips can address gaps in the development of Project Ara smartphone module hardware and software.
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