Farnell introduces Arduino Portenta family

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Farnell has added the Portenta H7, the latest offering from Arduino, to its extensive range of single board computers.

The device is intended to address growing demand from enterprise, small medium business (SMB) and professional makers for low-code modular hardware systems to support IoT development.

The Arduino Portenta family provides low-power boards designed specifically for industrial applications, artificial intelligence (AI) edge processing and robotics, whilst introducing a new standard for open high-density interconnect to support advanced peripherals.

The first member of the family, the Arduino Portenta H7 module, includes everything needed to get started with IoT hardware development including crypto-authentication chip and communications modules for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy and LTE, as well as Narrowband IoT. Its low-code application development platform with modular hardware, allows companies or makers to build, measure and iterate without lengthy integration projects and users also benefit from the value and usability of the new Arduino IoT application development platform (Arduino IoT cloud, Pro IDE with cloud integration, IoT UI editor) to help simplify the creation and deployment of custom connected products to the market.

Its performance and flexibility makes the board suitable for applications where performance is key, such as high-end industrial machinery, laboratory equipment, computer vision, PLCs, industry-ready user interfaces, robotics, mission-critical devices, dedicated stationary computers and high-speed booting computation.

Portenta H7 features a dual-core ARM Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M4 running at 480 MHz and 240 MHz, respectively, capable of running high level code such as protocol stacks, machine learning or even interpreted languages such as MicroPython or JavaScript along with low-level real time tasks.

It follows the Arduino MKR form factor, meaning that any existing MKR industrial shield can be used; can run Arduino code, Python and Javascript, and operates at an industrial temperature-range (-40 to 85°C).