Cutting device development costs and time to market with Kerlink reference design

Kerlink’s Wanesy low-power reference design (RefDes) is a complete package of hardware, software, development-and-test tools, and guidelines for rapidly designing, prototyping and producing specific IoT products. Targeted for OEMs, device designers and electronic device makers, it also covers integration of special features like security layers, protocol stacks, radio performance and optimization choices, and power-consumption management and reduction.

 

The off-the-shelf package overlays chipmakers’ LPWA platforms that deliver hardware design for device makers using a LoRa chip. Compatible with existing LoRa network infrastructures, it can be used to design any type of LoRaWAN end-device. In addition, it also brings to developers and device designers a full range of extra modular software packages, for a variety of IoT differentiating capabilities and an evolving range of compatible tasks.

 

Kerlink’s platform is ideally suited for B2B applications like metering, tracking, asset monitoring, connected homes and industrial efficiency. In the B2C space, it covers products whose functionalities could be enriched with LPWA connectivity like Internet boxes and routers.

 

In addition to allowing users to quickly bring to market IoT-ready devices and innovative business models to monetize their networks, the platform allows:

  • Targeted final vertical application design and scoping.
  • Hardware integration with the selection of electronics components, the right sensors, the PCB creation and the electronics design blue print.
  • Faster software integration with pre-written application code, software packages and drivers.
  • Prototype test on the evaluation board and instant comparison with the benchmark device provided.
  • Prototype field tests and validation / certification to ensure end-to-end operations.
  • Production engineering and test benches to assure quality for each end-device produced and its perfect conformity to the initial design.
  • Expert support for fast integration and ad-hoc design extensions, depending on the creativity of the device designers or the business owners.

 

Oliver McCarthy, general manager of Tekelek, a leading Irish developer and manufacturer of telemetry solutions for gas tank suppliers and other companies, says Kerlink’s reference design dramatically shortened time to market for the company’s new remote-monitoring devices, and significantly reduced development costs and the number of personnel needed to develop its new sensors.

 

Download Kerlink white paper: Reference Design: Faster Time to Market for Robust, Responsive Internet of Things Devices

 

A Kerlink low-power IoT reference design and production-ready bill of material can cut solution development time by more than six months and overall costs by up to 30 percent.