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ST Microelectronics helps IoT developers in China

Steve Rogerson
December 10, 2015
 
ST Microelectronics has scored a double IoT win in China with its STM32 Nucleo development kit with it being used by both Peking University’s School of Electronics Engineering & Computer Science and for the Xiao Gang Pao IoT development system by Juma, an IoT software platform company.
 
Peking University is using the kit for an electronic system design project. Relying on the STM32F401 Nucleo motherboard, X-Nucleo-IDB04A1 daughter board and X-Nucleo-IKS01 sensor board, together with the ARM MBed online software development platform, the course provides students with a complete toolset to develop smart things and IoT applications.
 
“ST Microelectronics’ STM32 Nucleo-based smart-thing development kit together with its teaching resources provides a fast, easy-to-learn and -use toolset enabling our students to quickly grasp the skills necessary to develop microprocessor, sensor and Bluetooth applications,” said Duan Xiao Hui, professor of engineering at Peking University. “Combined with innovative project experiments, the STM toolset has laid a solid foundation for the students’ future career development.”
 
The Swiss company has also been working with Juma, a software company focusing on providing Bluetooth software IP and a fast IoT development platform, helpingdevelopers accelerate the translation of an idea into a prototype and product. The STM-Juma cooperation sets to support the growing number of small- and medium-sized IoT design houses and start-ups unlocking their potential in both hardware and software.
 
Xiao Gang Pao from Juma demonstrates the power of STM’s IoT components and development tools in innovative designs. XGP integrates, on a business-card-sized printed-circuit board, several components from STM suited to IoT applications: a Blue NRG-MS low-power Bluetooth Low Energy network processor; LSM6DS3 low-power gyroscope-accelerometer combo in a 3 by 2.5mm package; LPS25HBe pressure sensor in a dust-free, water-resistant and stress-proof package; HTS221 temperature and humidity sensor; and LSM303AGR magnetometer-accelerometer combo in a 2 by 2mm package.
 
In addition, the on-board implementation of Jumasoftware IP moduleslets designers develop complete IoT applications quickly, including all the embedded, mobile applications and cloud parts, based on Juma.IO SDK and the open-source examples.As a result, developers can verify their prototypes and make them into real products.
 
“STM’s broad portfolio of ARM-core-based MCUs, mems sensors, wireless connectivity and power-management constitutes an industry-leading IoT platform,” said Tian Dan, founder of Juma. “Innovative IoT applications can spring up everywhere. So Juma and STM have worked closely on creating an IoT ecosystem that leverages Juma.IO, together with our IoT IPs and deep application knowledge, to enable fast creation of IoT applications based on STM’s IoT components.”
 
STM has also played an active part in nurturing the Innovator Community & Smart Hardware Development Platform in China, establishing a Chinese-speaking engineer community, st_AMSchina, a service subscription on Wechat, as well as the Mems QQ group.
 
“STM has focused on creating localised approaches to IoT application developers, from universities and open communities to the end customers in China, and our open development environment, which combines the STM32 MCU portfolio with analogue devices, sensors and Bluetooth technologies, enables fast creation of turnkey designs from a hardware prototype to software integration,” said Collins Wu, marketing director for STM in Greater China and south Asia. “STM’s MCUs and sensors, together with our low-power connectivity, attract considerable interest from innovative IoT companies like Juma. STM will continue to work with system designers fostering the development of smart-life applications in the Industry 4.0, smart home, smart driving and smart city domains.”