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Development board for Xtrinsic sensors now exclusively available from Premier Farnell

Next generation board provides designers with precision accelerometer, pressure sensor and magnetometer

Premier Farnell today announced the launch of its exclusive multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, a low cost enablement solution that allows designers to easily understand and test the latest sensing technologies with a next generation accelerometer, pressure sensor and a magnetometer to measure motion, altitude or pressure, detect magnetic fields and determine physical position.

This new board, which retails at $26.99, is available through Farnell element14 in Europe.

Designed to work with a range of key applications including mobiles and tablets, remote controls, game consoles, navigation and medical devices, the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors offers design engineers real flexibility and comes with a Freescale Freedom FRDM-KL25Z platform to help demonstrate the sensor board functionality. The FRDM-KL25Z is an ultra-low-cost development platform enabled by the energy-efficient Kinetis L Series KL1x and KL2x MCUs families built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor.

Device drivers and sample codes are also included to cater for the easy evaluation and demonstration of the performance of the sensors to measure motion, altitude, pressure, the detection of magnetic fields and physical position. In addition, each of the development boards comes equipped with a USB cable and quick start guide.

“With its precision sensing capabilities the new development board for Xtrinsic sensors is an ideal companion for the Freedom platform and gives developers a low cost, low barrier to entry solution for evaluation and development,” said David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell. “The need for accurate, real-time sensing is becoming pervasive and we are excited about the opportunities this new platform offers our customers.”

“We are looking forward to seeing the kind of ideas design engineers will produce using this new platform, and Premier Farnell’s proven distribution channels and lively element14 community will play a significant role in fuelling those concepts,” said Babak Taheri, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Sensor and Actuator Solutions Division. “With its intelligent integration and next-generation sensor tools, this new Board delivers smart, differentiated applications to users in a wide range of focus areas, helping them maximise the design potential of their projects.”

Premier Farnell offers design engineers a space to share project concepts with 170,000 members in its award-winning online community element14, the first of its kind. Additionally the industry’s most comprehensive online knowledge resource for electronic design, the Knode on element14, is a first stop for any engineer undertaking a design project with a development kit.

Key features of the multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors include:

* Xtrinsic MPL3115 high-precision pressure sensor

* Xtrinsic MAG3110 low-power 3D magnetometer

* Xtrinsic MMA8491Q 3-axis digital accelerometer

* FRDM-KL25Z Freescale Freedom Development Platform:

* ARM Cortex-M0+ MCU, up to 48 MHz

* 128 KB Flash, 16 KB SRAM


About Farnell element14
Farnell element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Bringing together the latest products, services, and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, Farnell is the trusted source to find the answers and parts you need to keep your project on the fast track, right from the start.

Farnell element14 is the operating business of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) in Europe.

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June 2013

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