IoT development addressed with module, reference design and connector standard

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Sierra Wireless has launched the AirPrime WP Series of smart wireless modules, designed to reduce system complexity and to accelerate the development of IoT products and applications.

"We have launched a powerfully integrated device-to-cloud architecture to make it easier for our customers to innovate," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, embedded solutions. "With an application processor running the open source Legato platform, along with the AirVantage cloud for device and application management, and a new open hardware reference design, the latest WP Series modules enable developers to quickly build connected products using a single module to run all their applications."

Interchangeable and footprint compatible with the AirPrime HL Series, the WP Series is available in 3G and 4G LTE variants, with 2G fallback on certain modules.

Meanwhile, the company has also announced the beta release of Project mangOH, a wireless open hardware reference design for IoT solutions. Designed to take advantage of the WP Series' features, the reference design is an Arduino-compatible platform that incorporates an IoT connector designed by Sierra Wireless and released as an open interface standard.

"Reducing complexity for IoT developers is a key priority," said Philippe Guillemette, Chief Technology Officer for Sierra Wireless. "Today's release of Project mangOH and the IoT connector standard provides developers with the building blocks they need to get from their concept to prototype very quickly, and then into production without the need for significant redesign."

The IoT connector has been designed by Sierra Wireless to provide a single interface for a variety of wireless and sensor technologies. Although implemented in the Project mangOH reference design, the connector has also been adopted by Freescale, Linear Technology and Texas Instruments.

Sierra claims on its website that the IoT Connector is an open interface standard intended to simplify product development with a single interface for connectivity and sensor module technology. 'Just as the minicard standard simplified development for the laptop, tablet and networking industry, so the IoT connector brings plug'n'play hardware solutions offering electrical and feature compatibility across various IoT technologies'.

"We are seeing considerable demand for industrial-grade solutions for the IoT," said Eran Zigman, TI's business line manager for wireless connectivity solutions. "The IoT connector meets a real need from our customers for a standard that is robust enough to enable years of service in industrial equipment."