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Board Certified by Microsoft for IoT Products

ARM® mbed Enabled™ Freescale® FRDM-K64F development board has been recently certified by Microsoft for securely gathering and channeling data into the public cloud platform, Microsoft Azure.
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This is the first ARM mbed™ board tested and verified by Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT) to support the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible and trusted cloud platform used by the majority of Fortune 500 companies.

 

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite <image courtesy: blogs.microsoft.com>

Developers using the ARM Cortex®-M4 based FRDM-K64F board will have access and guided instructions to the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite software development kits (SDK) published on Github. The libraries have been tested on the board. They can be used with mbed applications through the mbed developer website to enable direct connectivity with Azure IoT Suite.

 

It’s a feature-packed board for IoT

The Freescale Freedom development platform is a set of software and hardware tools for evaluation and development. It is ideal for rapid prototyping of microcontroller-based applications for creating IoT products. This board features a Kinetis K series microcontroller built on the ARM®Cortex®-M4 core. FRDM-K64F can be used to evaluate the K64, K63 and K24 Kinetis K series devices.
The snapshot below is a feature overview of the FRDM-K64F hardware.

MCU Development BoardMain components of FRDM-K64F development board <image courtesy: freescale.com>

The FRDM-K64F hardware is form-factor compatible with the Arduino™ R3 pin layout, providing a broad range of expansion board options. It is feature packed with a lot of peripherals to enable rapid prototyping including a 3-axis digital accelerometer and magnetometer to create full eCompass capabilities. A tri-colored light emitting diode (LED) and two user push-buttons are incorporated for direct interaction and feedback. An expansion memory with a microSD card slot is available. For connectivity, a user can choose the on-board Ethernet port and headers for use with Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz radio add-on modules. This platform also features OpenSDAv2, the Freescale open source hardware embedded serial and debug adapter running an open source bootloader. This circuit offers several options for serial communication, flash programming and run-control debugging.

What Freescale, ARM and Microsoft have to say…

The collaboration with Microsoft is testament to the growing influence of the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform. Today’s certification of the mbed Enabled Freescale FRDM-K64F board links our technology directly into Microsoft’s public cloud platform. The connection into a powerful analytics platform will allow product developers to offer valuable new big data services at scale. — Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite helps enterprises capture and analyze untapped data to create new intelligence. Built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Azure IoT Suite integrates a business’ existing processes, devices and systems. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT helps companies to quickly implement the right hardware and software through verified interoperability for these devices, including the ARM mbed Enabled Freescale FRDM-K64F board. — Barb Edson, general manager, Data Platform and Internet of Things, Microsoft

Freescale is leading the way in developing IoT solutions featuring our Kinetis MCUs and other IoT-ready silicon deployed with the mbed OS and ready for connectivity to Microsoft Azure’s world class cloud computing platform. Freescale is pleased for its FRDM-K64F board to be Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT. — Emmanuel Sambuis, director, MCU solutions, Freescale Semiconductor

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