Distributor Offers Development Board for Xtrinsic Sensors

June 13, 2013. Newark element14 has announced the launch of its multi-MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, which allows designers to understand and test sensing technologies involving an accelerometer, pressure sensor, and magnetometer to measure motion, altitude, or pressure; detect magnetic fields; and determine physical position.

This new board, which retails at $26.99, is available through Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, and element14 in Asia Pacific.

Designed to work with a range of key applications including mobile phones and tablets, remote controls, game consoles, and navigation and medical devices, the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors offers design engineers flexibility and comes with a Freescale Freedom FRDM-KL25Z platform to help demonstrate the sensor board functionality. The FRDM-KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform enabled by the energy-efficient Kinetis L Series KL1x and KL2x MCUs families built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor.

Device drivers and sample codes are also included. In addition, each of the development boards comes equipped with a USB cable and quick-start guide.

“With its precision sensing capabilities the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors is an ideal companion for the Freedom platform and gives developers a low cost, low barrier to entry solution for evaluation and development,” said David Shen, group CTO at Premier Farnell. Newark element14 is the North American operating brand of Premier Farnell, plc. “The need for accurate, real-time sensing is becoming pervasive, and we are excited about the opportunities this new platform offers our customers.”

“We are looking forward to seeing the kind of ideas design engineers will produce using this new platform, and Premier Farnell [Newark element14]’s proven distribution channels and lively element14 community will play a significant role in fuelling those concepts,” said Babak Taheri, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Sensor and Actuator Solutions Division. “With its intelligent integration and next-generation sensor tools, this new Board delivers smart, differentiated applications to users in a wide range of focus areas, helping them maximize the design potential of their projects.”

Key features of the multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors include Xtrinsic MPL3115 high-precision pressure sensor, Xtrinsic MAG3110 low-power 3D magnetometer, Xtrinsic MMA8491Q 3-axis digital accelerometer, FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom Development Platform, ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU (up to 48 MHz), and 128-KB flash memory and 16-KB SRAM.

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