Sony recently showcased a brand new development board called Spritzer during the Maker Faire Tokyo. The Spritzer board is specifically designed for IoT applications and comprises a range of smart functionality such as integrated GPS, an advanced digital audio codec and amplifier.
Spritzer is compatible with Arduino, allowing developers to get started with app development using the free Arduino IDE and an ordinary USB cable. The board is planned to be available in early 2018 for developers.
The Spritzer board features a processing chip with a unique combination of low-power consumption and a rapid clock speed of 156MHz. This makes Spritzer versatile and can be deployed for a vast range of use cases.
In addition, the board has 8MB flash memory, and supports multiple GNSS systems. It is suitable for audio products that provide new user experience. It supports 192 kHz/24bit high-resolution audio, and has audio codec with 8 input channels and 2 output channels.
Sony said during the Maker Faire which took place August 5-6, the company demonstrated various live implementations such as a drone utilizing the GPS and the 6-axis sensor support, a smart speaker utilizing the audio functions, a self-driving line-tracing miniature car, and a low-power smart sensing IoT camera using the camera interface of Spritzer.
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.
Many developers choose the Arduino platform because of the plethora of expansion options offered by its communities. And many vendors choose these form factors to provide development boards to deliver services like neural networks in their processor chips.