M2M Software for SmartFusion

By Joe Rizzo December 02, 2013

RoweBots Research Inc. is a company that offers complete one-stop product development solutions and services to OEM developers that target the Internet of Everything or machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, allowing OEM managers to achieve the best achievable time to market and total cost of ownership minimization.

RoweBots is now supporting Microsemi SmartFusion with its POSIX-compliant Unison RTOS. Developers of M2M networks will be provided with additional support with wireless connectivity and extensive POSIX applications programming interfaces for fast and easy development. This will include add-on support that includes various wireless modules for WiFi, Zigbee, 6loWPAN, UHF, GPRS, 3G and GPS.

Kim Rowe, CEO of RoweBots, said in a statement, “Proprietary protocols are common for Internet of Everything applications and integration with other standard operating system features is required. RoweBots is offering a set of options for addressing these unique protocols using a combination of software and FPGA fabric in SmartFusion for greater efficiency while still providing extensive operating system modules, deployment integration and billing integration.”

SmartFusion is a family of microcontrollers with an integrated field-programmable gate array (FPGA) of Actel. The device includes an ARM Cortex-M3 hard processor core with up to 512kB of flash and 64kB of RAM. It also has analog peripherals such as a multi-channel ADC and DACs in addition to their flash-based FPGA fabric.

Some of the additional features that are included in the Unison RTOS advanced off the shelf options for Internet of Everything or M2M development using SmartFusion are;

  • TCP/IPv4/IPv6 with multiple network interfaces
  • Advanced networking protocols including: telnet, tfpt, dhcp, dns, mdns, zeroconf, smtp, http, Web server and sntp
  • Extensive file system options
  • USB host, device and On-the-Go
  • SNMP v1, 2c, 3 for management of many devices and automated device management
  • SSL/TLS for secure connections
  • SSH, for secure remote access
  • SFTP, for secure file transfer
  • Split management and applications architectures
  • Remote field service support with secure boot

With features such as sensor processing and data transformation through cloud updating and storage, the Unison RTOS is unsurpassed for developing and deploying low cost, high volume Internet of Everything applications to many.

Additionally, RoweBots also offers integrated development services for the Unison RTOS including hardware design and applications development. All software modules for building Internet of Everything applications using SmartFusion are now available free of charge to DIY developers. They are also available for free for commercial prototypes.

The free components include all the wireless and M2M modules. Commercial pricing for modules is also available starting at just under $1,000.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

IoTevolutionworld Contributing Writer

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