Creator Ci40 platform - IoT in a box

December 10, 2015 | 01:53
The Ci40 development hub
The Ci40 development hub
If you are wondering where to begin with IoT application development the Creator Ci40 platform by Imagination Technologies offers a comprehensive range of software and sensor options. The system consists of the Creator Ci40 hub powered by a cXT200 chip running OpenWrt, Debian or other GNU/Linux distributions.

The cXT200 includes:

  • Dual-core dual-threaded MIPS interAptiv CPU with 256 MB of RAM
  • 6LoWPAN
  • 802.11 ac 2x2 Wi-Fi 
  • Bluetooth 4.1

Headers on the Creator Ci40 provide Raspberry Pi B+ connectivity and mikroBUS (by Mikroelektronika) standard connectors, giving access to a wide range of ready-built sensor and actuator boards. A microSD slot is provided and ports connect the board to Ethernet and a micro USB connects to the power source.

Altogether this looks like a well thought-out and capable system and is up for funding on Kickstarter. The basic Ci40 development board is supplied with two clicker expansion boards and 3 clicker sensor boards. With a couple of weeks to run they have already exceeded their target.
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