NXP Semiconductors and element14 jointly developed WaRP7 development platform is all set to hit the market. Tailored to ground-break the IoT and wearables market, the new platform is built to address key challenges for design engineers such as size, battery life and connectivity.
The open source design and complete software package of WaRP7 allows developers to innovate without licensing restrictions, reducing time to market and moving focus to product differentiation in this rapidly growing market. Citing on the new rollout, David Shen, group chief technical officer, element14 said, “element14’s experience in small form factor design, manufacturing capability and experience in supporting the development community has helped create the WaRP7, a device that we believe addresses today’s most pressing technology challenges and provides the longevity of design to remain relevant as the market continues to develop. We believe this is a game-changing device and will potentially help answer the question of what is needed to be successful in the wearables market.”
WaRP7 is built to meet the needs of a broad range of applications including smart home, sports and heart rate monitors and wearables.
- Battery Life: WaRP7 is based on the NXP i.MX 7Solo applications processor. The unique heterogeneous multicore architecture enables low-power modes critical for most IoT and wearable designs, but also provides the power to drive a higher-level operating system and a rich user interface.
- Connectivity: WaRP7 offers a variety of connectivity options enabling a wide range of usage models including near-field communications. The Murata-type 1DX multi-radio module offers 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1, classic and low energy.
- Usability: WaRP7 is flexible enough to offer all the advantages of traditional development tools and is free of licensing restrictions due to its open-source design.
- Miniaturization: WaRP7 is one of the smallest development system with the size of its main CPU board of approximately 2 x 4 centimetres.
“WaRP7 is one of the most power-efficient processor based development platforms for evaluation and rapid adoption into original small form-factor product designs on the market,” said Steve Tateosian, NXP Microcontrollers Solutions Manager. “By utilizing the heterogeneous multicore architecture of the i.MX 7Solo device, WaRP7 allows customers to optimize power efficiency, lower the bill of materials, and benefit from the ultimate in performance flexibility to address the varied usage models for the IoT and wearables market.”
WaRP7 is based on the NXP i.MX 7Solo applications processor that features an advanced implementation of the ARM Cortex-A7 core, as well as the ARM Cortex-M4 core.
It comes with features such as on-board sensors, connectivity including NFC, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi, and on-board external LPDDR3 memory. WaRP7 offers rich multimedia capability with access to MIPI-DSI display port, on-board camera and audio features. It is highly integrated with on-board sensors, rechargeable battery and power circuitry.
WaRP7 eases development effort for software developers with access to Linux and supports extensive UI capabilities and connectivity stacks. WaRP7 is expandable with the MikroBus expansion socket opening users to over 200 compatible Click Boards.
WaRP7 is backed by the development community, design and manufacturing capabilities of element14 and is available from element14.