Phoenix-based Avnet Inc.,, global technology distributor, introduced the Agate IoT (Internet of Things) Solution, a family of integrated kits designed to lower the cost of long-life connected gateway and network edge device development for OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers). Avnet says the Agate IoT Solution brings together the hardware, software, and services required for next-generation IoT applications.

The Agate IoT Solution consists of the Agate LS1021A Gateway Kit, which combines the purpose-built LS1021A-IoT gateway hardware platform from NXP Semiconductors,, a Dutch semiconductor manufacturer, featuring the QorIQ LS1021A communications processor. The platform comes pre-packaged with Wind River Pulsar Linux a small, high-performance, secure, and manageable Linux distribution designed by Wind River,, vendor of Linux platform solutions for the IoT, to simplify and speed software development.

Pulsar is configured to access the Wind River public repository for the most critical Linux updates. The Agate LS1021A Gateway Kit also includes board, enclosure, and power supply, a free 90-day evaluation of Wind River Workbench, and trial access to Wind River Helix App Cloud and Wind River Helix Device Cloud development environments.

In addition, Wind River offers an update service, providing regular bug and security fixes for the Pulsar system. Avnet says customers can add WAN (wide area network) connectivity using the Agate Cellular Connectivity Kit, which enables the HSPA (high speed packet access) + (3G) cellular modem from MultiTech Systems,, and cellular SIM (subscriber identity module) from Aeris Communications,, to facilitate communications between wireless networks. The Agate Cellular Connectivity Kit also includes pentaband cellular antenna and cable as well as a 90-day M2M cellular service demonstration plan from Aeris.

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