NXP Semiconductors announced new reference platforms to enable innovation and rapid development for smart wearables at Embedded World 2016.

From fitness and wellness to industrial and smart devices, these new reference platforms target a range of IoT applications with open-source hardware and software, form-factor flexibility, and expandable solutions for designers to adapt to changing market needs. By offering both MCU and MPU based reference platforms, NXP can scale to address the varied requirements and usage models enabling faster and more cost effective development and design.

“NXP is able to leverage its broad portfolio of products to offer comprehensive, form-factor reference designs for the wearable market, simplifying customer design and accelerating customer time to market,” said Geoff Lees, general manager and senior vice president of the microcontroller business line at NXP. “These new reference platforms target OEMs, as well as the larger maker community by offering versatility for designs that need to be smart, low-power, and expandable.”

Hexiwear Reference Platform enhanced by NXP

Based on Kinetis MCUs, the Hexiwear platform combines the style and usability found in high-end consumer devices, with the functionality and expandability of sophisticated engineering development platforms, making Hexiwear the ideal form factor for the wearable market, as well as other edge-node IoT solutions. Completely open-source and developed by MikroElektronika, in partnership with NXP, the Hexiwear hardware includes a breadth of NXP products: the low power, high performance Kinetis K6x microcontroller based on ARM Cortex-M4 core; the Kinetis KW40Z multimode radio SoC, supporting BLE in Hexiwear; three advanced NXP sensors: 6-axis accelerometer and magnetometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and an absolute digital pressure sensor; and an NXP single cell battery charger IC.

“NXP offers the most comprehensive portfolio of products for the wearable market and combined with the expansive enablement and community support, NXP was the ideal partner for the Hexiwear reference platform,” said Dr. Djordje Marinkovic, director of business development at of MikroElektronika. “The Hexiwear platform is also expandable with the option to add nearly 200 different, additional sensors through click boardsTM.”

The Hexiwear software includes open source application software, drivers and cloud connectivity, enabling designers to efficiently move data from the device’s sensors to the cloud. Hexiwear is supported with its own application for Android and iOS, so customers can connect the device to the cloud straight out of the box, without any additional software development. Hexiwear uses FreeRTOS, the Kinetis software development kit (SDK) and the Kinetis Design Studio IDE.

“Hexiwear is a complete IoT development system which, when integrated with our cloud platform, delivers feature-packed cloud solutions faster to the market,” said Alex Maniatopoulos, CEO of Yodiwo.

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