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Published on May 28, 2019
Join Embedded Computing Design's Editor-in-Chief Brandon Lewis as he reviews the latest electronic development kits in less than five minutes.
This week's victim is the Qualcomm QCA4020 Product Development Kit. The QC4020 Kit is unique in that it provides simultaneous "tri-mode" Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 802.15.14 connectivity for IoT developers looking to prototype systems that support concurrent short-range and backhaul networking.
In addition to multiple radios and discrete processors and memory for each connectivity type, the QCA4020 host on the product development kit offers a sensor hub, hardware security accelerators, and Arm Cortex-M4F applications CPU, allowing engineers to develop connected applications without feeling burdened by the overhead of requisite networking functions.
To round out the feature set, Qualcomm offers eight onboard sensors, and Eclipse-based IDE, and access to Amazon AWS IoT, Microsoft Azure, and HomeKit/OCF connectivity frameworks for fast integration and prototyping of networked applications. That's a lot of bang for your buck in a $75 evaluation platform.