Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Arrow, Panasonic and STM produce IoT module

Steve Rogerson
May 20, 2020

Arrow Electronics, Panasonic Industry and ST Microelectronics have introduced a low-power wireless multi-sensor edge-intelligence module for smart factory, smart home and smart life applications.
The IoT module combines Arrow’s engineering and global distribution capabilities with Panasonic’s IoT modules based on the STM BlueTile multi-sensor development kit. This combination enables users to test their ideas easily and bring IoT products to the market faster.
The module uses STM’s BlueNRG Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 system-on-chip paired with numerous inertial, environmental and audio sensors. The on-board sensors enable the delivery of a broad range of compact IoT applications for smart factory, smart home and smart life scenarios.
“Building on the outstanding features and design of the STM BlueTile sensor-node development kit, the modules now available from Panasonic Industry through Arrow Electronics are ideal for speeding creation of a wide range of edge-node sensors for all kinds of internet-of-things applications,” said Philip Lolies, vice president at ST Microelectronics.
Services and validation processes enable a reduced BoM that combines an accelerometer and gyroscope with time-of-flight, pressure and humidity sensors in a low-power design with Bluetooth communications. This combination enables OEMs to slash time to market and reduce design expense and complexity using certified modules.
”Panasonic’s IoT modules inspired by STM BlueTile support customers by cutting down their time to market in this fast paced era,” said Sara Ghaemi, team leader for IoT at Panasonic Industry. “Panasonic Industry is able to offer an unrivalled customer service throughout all stages of the product lifecycle ranging from design, development and validation to aftermarket. The modules support customers in reducing their development efforts and overall product costs while guaranteeing the highest quality and required certifications. This will serve the customer’s needs in smart factory, smart home and smart life applications.”
Matthias Hutter, vice president at Arrow Electronics, added: “The modern embedded design requires sensors and wireless connectivity. This is accelerating based on the breadth of wireless standards being integrated into products. However, using sensors and designing the supporting circuitry for the task would take a lot of time and resources to develop. Additional certification time is needed on top. Using pre-qualified wireless sensor modules in the system design is saving development time and budget, which speeds up time to market for our customers. By working with STM and Panasonic, we are bringing the fundamental sensor and wireless building blocks in a great package for accelerated design.”