ADLINK’s New Release Reduces Industrial Prototyping Time

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  • I-Pi SMARC eases prototyping on an industrial hardware platform
  • Cost-effective and extends lifecycle management

ADLINK Technology, a provider of edge computing solutions, has released the Industrial-Pi (I-Pi) SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) Development Kit which will serve engineers as a low-cost, industrial-ready prototyping platform. It is an industrial substitute for Arduino and Raspberry Pi (RPi) platforms that are commonly used for prototyping but are not suitable for developing industrial solutions.

Support for hardware and software

The development kit contains an I-Pi carrier board, a LEC-PX30 SMARC module, a power supply, a USB programming cable, an SD memory card containing a Linux OS and transparent acrylic shielding that balances protection and access.

The kit is also supported by a hardware abstraction layer (HAL) called MRAA, and a software repository called Useful Packages and Modules (UPM), both from Intel. A HAL allows the operating system kernel to interact with hardware in a simplified way, (instead of at a detailed level), so few or no changes are needed when kernel-mode code is running on different hardware platforms. MRAA simplifies the logic for connecting to different sensor pins and supports Arduino and RPi platforms, C++, Python, JavaScript and Java. UPM provides software drivers for a wide variety of commonly-used sensors and actuators, which are also available for Arduino and RPi platforms.

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“ADLINK’s I-Pi SMARC development kit supports a variety of deployment scenarios, even allowing engineers who have already created prototypes using Arduino or RPi platforms to leverage those ecosystems and libraries, and quickly and easily migrate their designs into a long-lived, revision-controlled, industrial production environment,” said Henri Parmentier, ADLINK´s product manager for SMARC and Q7 product lines.

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Notifications about platform changes

Since hardware components change without substitutions being communicated to end-users, lifecycle management becomes an issue when using commercial development platforms. However, such is not the case when it comes to ADLINK SMARC module because any component or process change is announced at least six months before the implementation as per industry-standard engineering change notice (ECN) and process change notice (PCN) practices.

ADLINK module support also includes 10-year availability, after-sales support and return merchandise authorization (RMA), and reporting and debugging on production quality issues.


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