Abracon supplies off-the-shelf components specifically matched with the devices in NXP’s Rapid IoT prototyping kit

Brian Santo, contributing writer

NXP Semiconductors has added a set of timing and connectivity
components from Abracon LLC to its NXP Rapid IoT Prototyping Kit. The
Abracon parts should make it easier and faster for engineers to create products
for the internet of things (IoT).

The NXP kit includes an ARM-based Kinetis K64 microcontroller
(MCU), NXP’s KW41Z lower-power RF IC (for BLE, Thread, and Zigbee), various
sensors, and other components. Abracon’s contributions to the NXP kit include
ICs for timing and RF and near-field communications (NFC) antennas.

The products were selected to match the needs of NXP’s MCU and
RF/SoC chipsets. IoT devices have grown in complexity with more advanced
computation, sensing, and enhanced connectivity/RF requirements that include
sophisticated hardware, firmware, and software development, said Abracon.

Crystal-based timing devices must be carefully matched with MCUs,
Abracon’s director of marketing, Juan Conchas, told Electronic Products. The
same is not necessarily true of NFC ICs, but it certainly is the case for RF
components, he added.

When the parts are already matched (as the Abracon components are),
engineers spend less time on troubleshooting, allowing them to prototype rapidly
and move quickly into writing software. Using the reference designs in NXP’s
kit and relying on the components included, “you could even go straight to
market,” said Conchas.

Sid Shaw, senior director, global sales and marketing for NXP
Semiconductors, said in a statement, “Regardless of background or skill level,
innovators can take advantage of the kit to quickly develop sensor-to-cloud
solution prototypes as easy as 1-2-3.”

The bill of materials for this kit calls out six
Abracon components
including four quartz crystals, a chip antenna, and
an NFC antenna. Specifically, they are:

  • The ABM11W-101-32.0000MHZ-T3 low
    ESR crystal, supporting NXP’s RF IC in the kit
  • The ABM8G-106-12.000MHZ-T crystal,
    supporting NXP’s main MCU in the kit
  • The ABS06-127-32.768kHz-T crystal,
    supporting the RF IC
  • The ABS07-166-32.768KHZ-T crystal,
    supporting the real-time clock
  • The AMCA31-101-2R450G-S1F-T3 chip
    antenna, supporting the RF IC
  • The ANFCA-101-2515-A02 NFC antenna

All of them are designed to be as compact and as small as
possible, said Conchas, and all are rated for industrial applications.

All Abracon part numbers are in stock and
available now. Prices range from roughly $0.30 to about $1.80 for the different
parts. Volume pricing is available. Ordering information through distribution
is available here.