Certified ARTIK Partner: FAE++ and the Kitra “Product Accelerator”

In this post, we introduce FAE++, creators of the Kitra carrier board for Samsung ARTIK 5. FAE++ is the latest entrant to our Certified ARTIK Partner Program. One of the things we are looking for in a Certified ARTIK Partner is solid added value for ARTIK customers. Keep reading to see how the Kitra board might help your product development efforts.

The Kitra board is designed as a carrier for the ARTIK 5 module. The board is 40mm square, not much larger than the module itself, and manages to pack quite a lot of functionality in that small area.

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The standard ARTIK 5 developer board exposes a lot of functionality and is great for experimentation, but at some point you’ll be ready to put your new ideas into a package for testing and eventual production. Ordinarily, at this point, you’d have to design a new printed circuit board (PCB), wait for it to be fabricated and sent to you, debug it, etc. 

That’s where the Kitra board comes in. It provides a compact, ready backbone for the ARTIK 5 module along with a suite of built-in sensors and hard-wiring for GPIOs, with tight packaging and integration that would not ordinarily be practical at low production volumes. You need only integrate the board and module into your custom packaging, solder the wires to any switches, sensors, or actuators, and you’re ready to go. That’s why FAE++ refers to Kitra as a “product accelerator”!

The Kitra board also adds a piece of technology they hope will make your development workload lighter – a real-time processor to manage most of the peripherals you will need: display, camera, stereo speakers, microphones, environmental sensors, gesture sensors, RGB LEDs, haptic motor, RTC, analog inputs, digital IO, capacitive input sensors, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth™, ZigBee, USB, and 9 axis inertial sensors.

The real-time section, based on an STM32 Cortex-M4, manages all the IO, allowing you to forget about developing device drivers – the one required serial UART driver is included!

There’s also a significant advantage to this arrangement – the ARTIK module can go to sleep and let the real-time processor manage things. If something comes along that requires the ARTIK module’s attention, it can be awakened. This could save significant power.

Speaking of power, power to the Kitra board comes from a Li-Ion battery, and there is a built-in charging circuit that can be powered by a USB connection.

The Kitra board allows the ARTIK module to communicate with the real-time section using Node-RED – the included library gives you access to the sections various nodes, and generates Kitra-COM commands for you. If you’d rather develop your own firmware for the real-time section, you can do that too, of course.

For more information, visit the Kitra website at www.rushup.tech/kitra/.