Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Future for IoT development

Steve Rogerson
August 14, 2018

Canadian electronic component distributor Future Electronics has enhanced its Nebula IoT development kit.
The Nebula board has been designed to let novices and expert developers alike explore the opportunities in IoT applications, including asset tracking, energy management, fitness, lighting controls, HVAC, portable controls, security and building automation. This cloud-ready IoT board lets developers quickly prototype and deploy their IoT ecosystems.
“The launch of the Nebula IoT development kit has been a fantastic success,” said Matthew Rotholz, vice president of Future. “Customers have found that the out-of-the-box experience has been simple and easy to use.”
The Nebula board supports applications development through the Cypress WiCED (wireless internet connectivity for embedded devices) Studio development platform. Wireless connectivity is supported by the Murata 1DX module, which is powered by the Cypress CYW4343W wifi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE combo SoC.
Nebula is equipped with four interfaces to access the STM32F429 peripherals, enabling developers to create any IoT application: Arduino compatible shield, Mikrobus socket, Pmod connector interface and USB.
The board also provides hardware expandability through a large number of standard add-on boards. Each one focuses on a different application such as motor control and environmental sensors, and includes the wireless connectivity to enable IoT development. These add-on boards will also be available for purchase from Future Electronics.
“The addition of six compatible shields provides our customers with many different sensor platforms to design with, including four Mikroelektronika click boards targeted for humidity, proximity and temperature related applications,” said Rotholz.