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Wireless COM gains embedded Android SDK

Feb 28, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Digi International is developing embedded Android support for a compact computer-on-module (COM) powered by a 454MHz Freescale i.MX28 32-bit ARM processor. The module offers embedded control, pre-approved WiFi and Bluetooth wireless, Ethernet connectivity, and several other I/O interfaces.

The core of Digi’s module, known as the “ConnectCard for i.MX28,” is a 454MHz Freescale i.MX28 32-bit ARM-based processor with on-chip power management, backed by 256MB each of NAND flash and DRAM. The 51 x 35 x 3 mm plug-in card also integrates Bluetooth 4.0, dual-Ethernet, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, dual CAN bus, and LCD and touchscreen interfaces.


 
Digi’s ConnectCard for i.MX28 module (left) and development board (right)
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Digi expects OEMs to embed its i.MX28 module within portable devices for medical, building automation, and other vertical applications requiring wireless communications.

To enable the use of Android as the module’s embedded OS, Digi will offer development kits comprised of drivers and various Android software extensions. Additionally, the module will be supported by Digi’s “iDigi Device Cloud” Web service, which provides remote device management and various other services for cloud-based applications, including M2M communications.

Digi expects to begin shipping i.MX28 Embedded Android development kits in June. Further details on the ConnectCard for i.MX28 module are available here. Information on Digi’s iDigi Device Cloud support is here.
 

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