Bosch Sensortec has launched its Application Board 3.0 development solution that works with all of the company’s sensors on one common platform. The sensor evaluation board simplifies the prototyping of sensors for a wide range of applications, including Industry 4.0, IoT, smart home systems, and wrist- and head-mounted wearables.
The Application Board 3.0 is designed around the u-blox NINA-B302 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module and is based on the nRF52840 chipset from Nordic Semiconductor, which includes an ARM Cortex-M4F CPU. The board is certified and compliant with multiple directives for different international regions: CE, RoHS, China RoHS, FCC, IC, VCCI, SRRC, and NCC.
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The board comes with 256 KB RAM, 1 MB of internal flash, and 2 GB of external flash memory for data logging. It provides full-speed micro-USB 2.0 connectivity and BLE to connect to a host, such as a PC, for transferring the logged sensor data from the board.
For scalability, any sensor mounted on a shuttle board from Bosch Sensortec can be plugged into the socket on the Application board. All shuttle boards have an identical footprint and the software automatically detects which sensor is plugged in at any given time and launches the appropriate software, said Bosch Sensortec.
The sensor board is housed in a small form factor, measuring 47 × 37 × 7 mm3, which is suited for evaluating sensors in portable applications. It can be powered using a 3.7-V Li-ion battery or a standard 5-V USB power supply.
The integrated development environment (IDE) software includes a simplified graphical user interface (GUI) to evaluate and tune sensor parameters, as well as to visualize and record sensor data. The software also helps troubleshoot sensor-related issues.
The Application Board 3.0 is available now. Bosch Sensortec will exhibit at Sensors Converge in San Jose, CA, September 21-23, 2021.
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