Electrocomponents Introduces OKdo E1 Single Board Computer for Low-Cost Development of Connected Devices

May 5 2020, 00:35
OKdo, the new brand that is now part of the Electrocomponents Group (RS, Allied, DesignSpark), introduced its first own-branded single board computer (SBC), the E1. The E1 board features an NXP LPC55S69 microcontroller, which offers a high-performance, secure low-cost entry to the development of connected devices, and represents the start of the next phase in the company's evolution towards providing an accessible range of software, hardware, services and solutions.

The new OKdo E1 board was developed in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, and is supported by NXP's comprehensive software development ecosystem. This includes the full-featured MCUXpresso integrated development environment (IDE), support for other IDEs, as well as a range of middleware and open-source operating systems.

While the board's host of integrated features can meet the needs of most applications, OKdo has developed the E1 to work well with other open source projects, such as Arduino and Digilent Pmod. A passive companion PCB allows developers to add other functions from the wide range of Arduino-compatible shields, which are also available to purchase from OKdo.

"NXP is happy to be involved with this project and we are delighted to collaborate with OKdo on the E1," says Justin Mortimer, MCU Product Marketing Manager at NXP. "This board demonstrates OKdo's commitment to bringing advanced technologies at a compelling price point and form factor to a wider audience."

In addition to forming the basis for secure IoT endpoints, the E1 is a great platform for evaluating NXP's LPC55S69 microcontroller, a highly capable yet low-power MCU based on the Arm Cortex-M33 32-bit processing core, running up to 150MHz. Additionally, the MCU integrates a number of advanced features that are becoming essential in any IoT application, including: a cryptographic co-processor; a DSP hardware accelerator; a security module for the real-time encryption/decryption of information (data and code) stored on the on-chip Flash memory; on-chip ROM; support for secure boot; and a range of digital and analogue peripherals. The MCU is also Arm TrustZone-M enabled and includes an AES-256 encryption/decryption engine, a physical unclonable function (PUF) for key generation and a true random number generator (TRNG).

"OKdo is all about providing SBC and IoT solutions that can change the world," comments Richard Curtin, Global SVP Technology at OKdo. "Since our launch in 2019, OKdo has quickly grown into a leading supplier of IoT solutions. The E1 is the first step towards extending that reach, to become a manufacturer of SBCs that can further empower makers and professional engineers to realize their goals even faster. The E1 demonstrates that we are lowering the barriers to entry for more people who want to be part of this technological revolution."

OKdo is a global technology company from Electrocomponents, offering a combination of hardware, software, development support, manufacturing services and community projects, uniquely focused on meeting the rapidly evolving needs of developers, industrial designers, and educators. The E1 single board computer costs £13.42 (approx. $15 USD) and is available here
Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.
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