The silicon and software firm unveiled the IoT starter kit featuring the new board last month to gauge developer interest before shipment. At the time of writing, the kit had generated £23,975 worth of backing, almost £4,000 over that needed in order for Imagination to begin making it. And there's still 14 days to go.
The Ci40 is the second member of the firm's Creator family of development boards, promising higher performance over previous versions such as the Creator Ci20, to make developing IoT projects easier than before. It will also be the first available as a standalone board.
The Creator Ci40 board is completely geared towards the IoT landscape, even more than before, and features a low-power microcomputer with a new chip designed and optimised by Imagination for IoT applications.
There's a dual-threaded, dual-core MIPS CPU clocked at 550MHz for faster IoT processing, an Ensigma connectivity engine that the firm says delivers "super-fast" 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO WiFi and low-power Bluetooth, a dedicated 802.15.4 chip and many other peripherals and ports, including a Raspberry Pi and two mikroBUS interfaces, USB, Ethernet, GPIO, SPI, ADC, and I2C.
The Creator Ci40 also offers a mix of IoT operating systems and standards including Google's Brillo, OpenWrt and Debian. It is expected to ship in January 2016, with pricing to be confirmed.
The kit - which features on Kickstarter - contains the Creator Ci40 board and all the hardware and software building blocks needed to quickly prototype a wide range of IoT systems from scratch. There is no soldering needed as the sensors simply click into place, and the kit has no wires other than the USB cable for power and wired communications to the Ci40 microcomputer.
The kit, aimed at IoT system developers, will come in a compact box "with everything needed to build the next wireless IoT application", Imagination said, including: the Creator Ci40 board to act as an IoT hub, two battery-powered MikroE 6LoWPAN Clicker expansion boards with a mikroBUS socket for adding sensors, three Click companion boards, including a temperature sensor, a motion sensor and a relay switch, and required software.
Software will include FlowCloud and open source software frameworks, network stacks and cloud connectivity.
"The Creator Ci40 IoT kit is ideal for both individual makers looking to build a huge range of connected projects at home as well as small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs who want to quickly prototype an IoT platform and then ramp up for volume production," Imagination explained.
Projects possible with the Kickstarter IoT-in-a-box kit include smart home appliances, smart cities and advanced drones and robotics.
The Creator Ci40 IoT kit is expected to ship by April 2016 if its crowd-funding goal of £20,000 is met. µ
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