New AE-CLOUD2 kit for enterprise cloud services

Renesas Electronics has announced the Synergy AE-CLOUD2 kit, a hardware and software reference design that allows embedded developers to evaluate cellular connectivity options and build LPWA cellular IoT applications.

The AE-CLOUD2 kit, together with the new Synergy Software Package (SSP) is said to simplify connecting Internet of Things (IoT) sensor devices to enterprise cloud services. It does this by using 4G/LTE Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1, also called NB-IoT, with fall back to 2G/EGPRS cellular networks.

The kit is designed to accelerate prototyping cellular-enabled IoT devices for asset tracking, retail and agriculture monitoring, smart cities/utilities, mobile healthcare, and industrial automation.

Each AE-CLOUD2 hardware kit includes a Synergy S5D9 MCU baseboard, tri-mode cellular modem with cellular and GPS antennas, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and various sensors such as lighting, microphone, temperature, humidity, pressure, air quality, geomagnetic, accelerometer, and gyroscope. For cellular access, developers insert a SIM card with data plan purchased from a local cellular carrier. The hardware kit’s software allows developers to provision the kit to connect to a 4G/LTE IoT cellular network and their preferred cloud service provider.

Renesas state that the AE-CLOUD2 hardware kit ensures “excellent” EMC performance, having passed global RF emissions tests. The AE-CLOUD2 kit also complies with global regulatory certifications for FCC, CE, RoHS, WEEE and Japan MIC.