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Premier Farnell launches MATRIX Creator: a Raspberry Pi add-on to support IoT device development

All-in-one add-on makes creation of next generation IoT apps faster and more cost effective than ever before

 Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, announces an exclusive partnership with MATRIX Labs to manufacture and distribute MATRIX Creator to a global network of developers and makers of all skills levels. The MATRIX Creator is a Raspberry Pi add-on that provides multiple functionality and enables faster and more cost-effective development of IoT devices.

MATRIX Creator is ideally suited for the development of applications in automation control systems, particularly for home automation systems involving optical and sound elements as well as robotics, enterprise logistics, voice assistants, beamforming/DoA algorithms, retail intelligence. The microphone array, for example, allows a user to develop their own “do it yourself” Amazon Echo and Alexa based projects as well as voice recognition systems, with the eight microphones allowing devices to be activated from anywhere in a room. Similarly, the optical and physical sensors enable the development of facial recognition and motion detection devices for security applications.

MATRIX Creator is an ideal aid for teaching novices about hardware development and provides expert users with an extremely versatile piece of hardware to add to their suite of development tools. It accelerates and reduces the overall cost of the prototyping process for new products and devices, doing the up-front heavy lifting so developers don’t have to.

The development board, designed for Raspberry Pi, incorporates a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA, an ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, a range of sensors for motion, temperature, humidity, light, ultraviolet and infrared, an 8-microphone array and a 35-LED array.

The board, which can be programmed in 40 different languages, also incorporates integrated Z-Wave and zigbee communications plus connectivity via a wide range of analogue and digital input/output interfaces. It can also be used in stand-alone mode using its onboard processing capability.

Ralf Buehler, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Premier Farnell said: “As the Development Distributor we work to source the latest innovative technology to help create opportunities for our existing and future builders, developers, makers and engineers. Products like MATRIX Creator provide huge flexibility to users – unlike existing add-ons which only provide individual elements of functionality, MATRIX Creator is a complete development eco-system that allows users to access a range of functionality to enhance any Raspberry Pi based project, speeding up the design process and helping to overcome the hurdles involved in the creation of innovative hardware projects.”

Rodolfo Saccoman, CEO and Co-Founder of MATRIX Labs says “MATRIX Creator is a hugely exciting product, doing for the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, what smartphones did for the mobile revolution. MATRIX Creator has deep product functionality and we expect broad appeal – it’s the perfect combination of an easy-to-use yet also sophisticated dev board, which appeals to the maker, the expert developer, and everyone in between. MATRIX Creator allows developers of virtually any skill-level to create whatever exists in their mind’s eye, shifting the product development paradigm from one that relies on a 3rd party to create for you, to one where you can create the custom app that meets your exact needs. It’s putting power into the hands of the people and democratizing IoT app development.”

MATRIX Creator is available from Farnell element14 in Europe, CPC in the UK and Newark element14 and MCM Electronics in North America.

About MATRIX Labs

MATRIX Labs is a complete ecosystem of IoT dev tools that also include MATRIX Voice, MATRIX OS, and MATRIX App Store. Together, the MATRIX ecosystem makes IoT app development easier, and more affordable than ever before. MATRIX OS is the application hosting platform for the MATRIX Creator and MATRIX Voice, which uses machine learning and computer vision libraries to expedite the development of complex apps. IoT applications will be bought, sold, uploaded and installed from the first-ever IoT app marketplace, the MATRIX App Store, which will support MATRIX OS, Android Things and future IoT platforms.

About us

Premier Farnell  is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. Premier Farnell also sells direct to consumers through a network of resellers, as well as its MCM business in North America and CPC business in the UK.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.premierfarnell.com

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