Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Introduces Its Wi-Go Module and Supporting SpeedWay™ Technical


Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Introduces Its Wi-Go Module and Supporting SpeedWay™ Technical Seminars

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduced the Wi-Go Module, a wireless accessory module for the Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Freedom development platform. Created by Avnet engineers, this development board transforms the Freescale Freedom development platform into a completely portable wireless sensor system. In support of the Wi-Go board, Avnet will be holding a series of global SpeedWay™ technical seminars throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Japan and will sponsor the "Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge" with supplier partners Freescale, Murata and ARM®. For more information on the Wi-Go Module, visit www.em.avnet.com/Wi-Go. To register for the upcoming SpeedWay, "Low-Power Design with Freescale Kinetis-L Microcontrollers," visit www.em.avnet.com/KinetisLSpeedway.

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"With increasing demand for connected, battery-powered applications, Avnet joined forces with our supplier partners to create a complete wireless system that implements Wi-Fi connectivity, a rich set of sensors and a USB-rechargeable battery subsystem," said Jim Carver, technical director, Avnet Electronics Marketing. "We've designed the Wi-Go Module and the upcoming SpeedWay™ technical seminars to go hand in hand. These seminars will give engineers a great opportunity to see firsthand how easy wireless applications can be when choosing the right products during the design phase."

The Avnet Wi-Go Module

With an 800mA/h battery, the Avnet Wi-Go Module can be self-powered for days while facilitating portable data acquisition for the on-board sensor system. The Wi-Go Module is a companion to the Freescale Freedom development platform, featuring the new Kinetis® L microcontroller (MKL25Z128VLK4) and Avnet Getting Started Guide.

Features of the Avnet Wi-Go Module include:

  • Freescale's MMA8451Q accelerometer for 3D acceleration monitoring, MAG3110 low-power digital 3D magnetometer sensor, and Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 altimeter, pressure sensor and temperature sensor.

  • Murata's LBWAIZZVK7 Wi-Fi™ communications module.

  • Two Mbytes of low-power serial flash memory, Spansion's S25FL216K.

  • Maxim battery operation, monitoring and smart charging of the included (800mA/h lithium polymer battery).

  • Vishay's TEMT6200FX01 analog output ambient light sensor.

Low Power Design with Freescale Kinetis-L Microcontrollers SpeedWay™ Technical Seminars

Beginning October 23, 2012, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Freescale, Murata and ARM® will be hosting a series of SpeedWay™ technical seminars in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe, Asia and Japan. From Austin to Sao Paulo, engineers can learn ways to incorporate the Wi-Go module with the Freescale Freedom development platform featuring the Kinetis-L microcontrollers.

These daylong workshops will feature a mix of in-person presentations and hands-on labs, giving engineers a jump start on software development for Freescale's new ultra-low power microcontrollers. There will also be presentations focusing on the Open-SDA Debug interface, the ARM® Keil MDK software, critical low-power system design considerations and more.

"Freescale created the Kinetis-L series microcontrollers to free power-critical designs from 8- and 16-bit MCU limitations," said Geoff Lees, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Industrial & Multi-Market MCU business. "This one-day SpeedWay will help time-constrained engineers familiarize themselves with this new product line and find new ways to utilize the robust processing performance, on-chip flash memory and extensive peripheral options the Kinetis-L series microcontroller provides."

Cost to Attend:

The Kinetis-L series MCU SpeedWay costs $99 to attend. Each attendee will receive a Freescale Freedom development platform, Avnet Wi-Go Module and a 90-day license of the ARM® Keil MDK software V4.54. Registration is open now at www.em.avnet.com/KinetisLSpeedway.

Enter the Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge

On October 23, Avnet Electronics Marketing, along with supplier partners Freescale Semiconductor, Murata and ARM® will launch the "Avnet Wi-Go Design Challenge." Design engineers are encouraged to use their creativity and create a wireless application using the Avnet Wi-Go Board and Freescale Freedom development platform. Prizes include an 11-inch Apple MacBook Air, an Apple iPad 2, an Apple iPod and $50.00 gift certificates to shop on AvnetExpress.com. Full contest details are here: http://www.em.avnet.com/wigocontest.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.com.

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYS: AVT) , a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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