MIPS-based complete development kit for 'ground-up' IoT projects

November 24, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Imagination Technologies has a development kit that has been designed from the outset for IoT applications. Creator Ci40 includes all the optimised hardware and open source software required for next-generation connected projects.

Creator Ci40 is a modular system that is easy to assemble and – Imagination asserts – even easier to code. Developers can use it to prototype the hardware needed for an IoT application in five steps that the company has documented in a video: https://youtu.be/8DpZlxtOIJQ

Imagination is launching Creator Ci40 through a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise £20,000. Pricing for the kit is set at £80, with a £10 discount for the first 200 backers. More details on the campaign, including videos and images can be accessed at; www.imgtec.com/creator/kickstarter

The kit comes in a single box with everything needed to build the next wireless IoT application including:

- A high-performance, low-power microcomputer acting as an IoT hub and featuring a MIPS-based chip optimised for IoT applications; the microcomputer can run a number of Linux-based operating system, including OpenWrt, Debian as well as Brillo from Google

- Two battery-powered 6LoWPAN Clicker expansion boards with a mikroBUS ( MikroElektronika) socket for adding sensors

- Three Click companion boards – a temperature sensor, a motion sensor and a relay switch (with hundreds more available from MikroElektronika)

- FlowCloud: a complete cloud platform for connecting devices to the internet, enabling easy product registration and updates as well as access to partner-enabled services

- Open source software frameworks, network stacks and cloud connectivity

Developers can also download a digital copy of all the images and animations included on the Kickstarter page as well as the launch presentation from this link: http://ow.ly/UQ7eF

Imagination Technologies; www.imgtec.com