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Now it’s Easy to Create Low-Cost M2M Applications with Location-Awareness Capabilities

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 9:01am
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) PICtail™ Daughter Board (part # AC320011) that comes with all of the hardware, wireless-communication protocols and application-code examples needed to help designers jump start their fleet-management or location-based service application. Developed with u-blox, the new Daughter Board includes the u-blox NEO-6Q GPS and LEON GSM/GPRS modules, and interfaces with Microchip’s Multimedia Expansion Board (part # DM320005), and PIC32 Starter Kit (part # DM320001).

The board enables the quick and easy creation of designs offering communications, as well as a complete graphics interface, with audio, accelerometer and networking capabilities.

Many developers wish to add location awareness and communications to their designs, such as those involving fleet management, monitoring traffic congestion and observing driving habits for insurance-rate structures. In addition to integrated GPS for tracking via satellites, the M2M PICtail Daughter Board comes with Global System for Mobile (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology to enable phone, text, e-mail and Web communications, including images and location information. Microchip also offers free-for-download M2M software libraries, to give developers a head start on their coding efforts and reduce time to market.

The M2M PICtail Daughter Board (part # AC320011, $199) is available for purchase at microchipDIRECT (, today. Designers who already own a Microchip Multimedia Expansion Board (part # DM320005, $249.99) and PIC32 Starter Kit (part # DM320001, $49.99) can simply purchase the Daughter Board to add GPS/GSM/GPRS functionality to their designs.

Alternatively, all three components can be purchased individually, for under $500 total, including the debugger/programmer that is built into the PIC32 Starter Kit.

For further information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at: To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.



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