Sony’s new IoT board features built-in GNSS receiver

May 14, 2018  - By
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The Spresence main board by Sony.

Sony Corporation has developed two new products, the Spresence main and extension boards for internet of things (IoT) applications, equipped with a smart-sensing processor.

The main board uses a multi-CPU structure equipped with Sony’s GNSS receiver (GPS+GLONASS) and high-res audio codec. A variety of systems for diverse applications — drones, smart speakers, sensing cameras and other IoT devices — can be built by combining the boards and developing the relevant applications.

Technological information about the products’ software and hardware is publicly available via open platform, allowing for a wide range of developmental possibilities and further expanding the market.

Positioning information and audio input/output functions are expected to become increasingly important in the expanding IoT market. The main board operates on low power and features a smart-sensing processor, with a built-in GNSS receiver and an audio codec that supports high-resolution audio sources. It employs a hexa-CPU, multi-core configuration that makes it easy for anyone to create high-performance, highly versatile applications.

For example, the new board can be used to control a drone using GPS positioning technology and a high-performance processor, voice-controlled smart speakers, low-power consumption sensing cameras and other IoT devices. It can also be combined with various sensors for use in systems that detect errors in production lines on the factory floor.

The IoT boards will be displayed at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 starting May 18 in San Mateo, California, and on Aug. 4-5 at the Maker Faire Tokyo 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The new products go on sale July 31.

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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