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Hardware development kit targets wearables, IoT

23 Sep 2014

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Seeed Studio has unveiled LinkIt ONE, the first development board for the MediaTek LinkIt Development Platform which makes the prototyping of wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices easy and cost-efficient.

In the era of wearables and IoT, much of the innovation will come from creative and driven pioneers in the developer and maker community. Their creativity needs a robust yet flexible development platform and this need is fulfilled by the LinkIt Development Platform. The LinkIt ONE development board provides the hardware component of that platform. A co-design product by Seeed Studio and MediaTek, LinkIt ONE benefits from Seeed's knowledge in open hardware and MediaTek's reference designs for the wearable and IoT market.

The LinkIt ONE development board is one of the most feature-rich development boards on the market. It is based on MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world's smallest commercial SoC for wearables, and integrates GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth EDR/BLE, Wi-Fi, GPS, SD Card, and MP3/AAC/AMR Audio features.

To support rapid hardware prototyping, LinkIt ONE provides similar pin-out to the popular Arduino boards. This includes 4-pin Grove standard plug-and-play peripheral interfaces offering support for more than 120 modules, making it easy to build sophisticated prototypes by combining a wide range of sensors and peripherals with LinkIt ONE.


Key LinkIt ONE features:

  • All-in-one development board, including ARM7 EJ-S, GSM, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (EDR/BLE), GPS, microSD card slot, and audio out
  • Pin-out similar to Arduino UNO, including digital I/O, analogue input, PWM, I2C, SPI, UART, Li-ion battery power supply and 4pin grove standard interfaces
  • Open source LinkIt hardware board reference design, including schematic, layouts, and pin details , enabling developers to create their own projects using Seeed Studio's Fusion PCBA Service.

"At the heart of LinkIt ONE is MediaTek Aster, a highly-integrated system-on-chip design which gives designers access to the full range of communication and location acquisition features available in a single board", saysMarc Naddell, Vice President of MediaTek Labs at MediaTek. "This simple, all-in-one package will allow anyone from hobbyists to professional makers and designers to easily create high performance and low power consumption wearables and IoT devices."

MediaTek Labs, a central hub for developer offerings, including software development kits (SDKs), technical documentation, as well as technical and business support, supply other tools that developers need. A Developer's Guide and comprehensive API References support LinkIt software development. And when makers, device manufacturers, students, DIY hobbyists, programmers, engineers, and developers have used these tools to turn their innovative ideas into practical prototypes, the LinkIt Hardware Board Reference Design enables them to make their products a reality with the Seeed productisation and agile manufacturing service.

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LinkIt ONE pin diagram. (Source: Seeed Studio)

Makers and developers can download the LinkIt SDK (for Arduino) by registering at MediaTek Labs, http://labs.mediatek.com, and order the LinkIt ONE HDK from Seeed Studio at http://www.seeedstudio.com/linkitone.




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