Marvell launches IoT hardware prototyping products
July 2, 2015
Kinoma Element is instantly and always connected, interfaces with off-the-shelf sensors, and is for prototyping embedded devices poised for mass production. Kinoma HD is a scriptable stick that transforms any HD screen into a display for IoT devices, handhelds, the cloud and web content.
“Technology enabling the smart lifestyle must be easy to use, seamlessly connected and beautifully responsive,” said Weili Dai, president of Marvell. “It also needs to be open source to give the developers of elegant, high-performance products the interoperability, flexibility and stability that open source offers. The open source Kinoma JS application framework is our most advanced software technology for customers, partners and developers building on Marvell silicon.”
The sixth edition was the biggest update to the language since it was invented. The update, formally known as Ecmascript Sixth Edition or ES6, contains more than 400 individual changes to make the language more concise, improve performance and integrate support for modules. The addition of modules to the language is fundamental to architecting reliable, long running devices, making it suitable for connecting IoT products.
Kinoma Element can take ideas from drawing board to prototype through to mass production using Marvell’s microcontroller line, which has been adopted by numerous companies for IoT products including August, Blossom, iHome, Rheem, Whirlpool and Xiaomi.
The second product is Kinoma HD, a scriptable stick for developers who want to display visually rich content on the biggest displays. Its HDMI output plugs into an HD capable display, connecting wirelessly to IoT devices, iOS and Android handhelds, cloud services, and content from web-based apps. The stick is plug-and-play once slotted into a display’s full-sized HDMI port, hooked up to a USB power supply and connected to a Wifi network.
The thumb-sized device is powerful enough to handle rich media presentations of an IoT ecosystem. For example, with Kinoma HD, developers can provide an engaging visual experience of IoT product performance and sensor data.
“We envision a quickly approaching future where smart furnishings transform the traditional tabletops and walls in our homes and workplaces into interactive displays and live content command centres,” said Dai. “Kinoma HD is the ideal solution for developers making this future a reality.”
It has 256Mbyte of RAM, is connected with Wifi g/n/ac and has HDMI output of 1080p, 720p. Kinoma HD is built on Marvell’s 88DE3006 1.2GHz dual-core system-on-chip, which is part of its Armada 1500 family of video processors found in mainstream consumer electronics products by Google, LGE and Swisscom.