Arrow Electronics has added a development board which uses the NXP Semiconductors Kinetis KW41Z multi-protocol wireless MCU for low-power design of connected devices.
Dubbed the Tiger board, it is likely to be used for design of products like smart door locks, portable healthcare technology, wearable sports monitors and RF remote controls.
The Kinetis KW41Z’s integrated security features include a hardware AES-256 cryptographic accelerator and a True Random Number Generator. It comes with Arduino connectors for add-ons.
The MCU’s Arm Cortex-M0+ core is integrated with a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) v4.2 radio and an IEEE 802.15.4 radio, and can run multiple wireless protocols concurrently.
There is also built-in Wi-Fi and so can be used in equipment to be controlled locally by a smartphone, such as in-home smart lighting, or remotely as part of a Cloud-connected network; or it can function as a small gateway.
BLE can also be used for easy commissioning of products to an IEEE 802.15.4 mesh network.
An integrated buck-boost DC-DC converter ensures operation from 0.9V to 4.2V, with low peak current in receive and transmit modes.