Marvell has unleashed what it describes as a highly optimised suite of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial and wearable applications. Purpose-built as part of Marvell’s IoT Application Processor (IAP) family of products, the IAP220 SoC enables the low-power and high-performance computing necessary for many IoT products, and features an ARM Cortex-A7 dual core processor.

Marvell’s IAP220 SoC provides fully integrated multimedia support including 3D graphics engine, display controllers, digital video camera interface, and video encoder and decoder, making the SoC well-suited to home automation products with a touchscreen and high-level OS, such as smart appliances and security systems, stated the company.

The IAP220’s integrated sensor hub enables rapid and low-power sensor input processing, making the SoC ideal for context-aware IoT devices in industrial automation and smart energy management. This has been accomplished with API support for customisation and management of various sensors, management of all I/O independently from the processor and in a very modular fashion, and wake up of the CPU only when needed for sensor input.

Designed for IoT products that operate for long periods of time on the same battery, such as smart watches, fitness bands and other Internet-connected wearable devices with small footprints, the IAP220 SoC is optimised with an ultra-low-power architecture that includes low voltage operation, multiple power domains and a small always-on region, indicated Marvell.

Developer and customer centric

Developers can access a complete platform that includes the Marvell WiFi/Bluetooth Connectivity Module, development boards based on both the IAP220 and IAP140 (a generic Linux board, generic Linux board with the Kinoma IoT application development framework, and an Android board will be selectively available), and the Marvell Sensor Board.

With the IoT application software framework Kinoma, the IAP suite offers pre-integrated silicon and software to support rapid prototyping workflows for delivering applications on a range of IoT and consumer electronics products. Kinoma can integrate cloud services (such as Amazon Web Services, Amazon Alexa Voice Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix), and IoT framework support (such as Google Brillo and Apple HomeKit), for fast prototyping of devices that need to connect to the wider IoT ecosystem. The Kinoma JavaScript engine is powerful while remaining remarkably compact; the KinomaJS application framework is open source and well documented.

The Marvell IAP220 SoC is sampling with global customers, and the IAP140 is in full production.