Make ‘Cognitive IoT’ Designs With New IIoT Kit


Avnet has released a unique industrial IoT solution giving makers and OEMs a quick path from prototype to production for innovative products such as IoT devices or gateways.

The MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit supports customers’ edge-to-cloud development of Internet-connected solutions and includes all the necessary building blocks for developing a production-ready, IoT-enabled, industrial processing system.

The platform incoporates Avnet’s MicroZed system-on-module (SoM) with a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC from Xilinx and pluggable sensor solutions from Maxim Integrated and STMicroelectronics.

The MicroZed processing system is based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, a combination of a high performance, dual core ARM Cortex A9 with a block of programmable logic, or FPGA. The MicroZed SOM comes bundled with Wind River’s Pulsar Linux.

The kit also integrates the IBM Watson IoT Platform agent on top of a custom-configured, certified image of the Wind River Pulsar Linux operating system. The agent enables registered, secure connection to the Watson IoT Platform and additional cloud services and applications from the IBM Bluemix portfolio. These provide a rich palette of composable services to rapidly enhance IoT solutions with cognitive capabilities.

“Avnet’s MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit, supported by IBM’s Watson IoT Platform, enables IoT developers throughout the channel ecosystem to create new products that offer a differentiated level of user interaction and experience”, said Avnet.

The kit offers sensor data collection with pluggable sensors including Motion and Environmental Sensor Board from STMicroelectronics and Thermocouple-to-Digital Pmod sensor module from Maxim Integrated. Also included are Ethernet, USB and power cables, and a free trial of IBM Bluemix services.

“By simplifying IoT device-to-cloud integration with this kit, IBM and Avnet are helping to inspire a new generation of cognitive IoT systems and applications that have the ability to learn from the physical world. This is a significant step forward in the drive to capture the full value proposition of the IoT”, said Jack Desjardins, vice president, Alliances & Ecosystem Business Development, IBM Watson IoT.

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“The MicroZed Industrial IoT Starter Kit is an excellent development environment for customers wishing to enter the IIoT space by exploring the vast capabilities of Zynq for securely integrating flexible sensor to cloud connectivity, big data optimization and analytics, cyber security and real time control. The MicroZed Starter Kit comes with a comprehensive SDK as well as support for best-in-class IIoT application platforms that accelerate our customers’ learning experiences”, said Avnet.

The Avnet Industrial IoT Starter Kit, priced at $299, is available for ordering now. For more information, click here.


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