To put it simply, because the current platform, the circuit design and programming language, does not meet the specification that the company requires for future developments.
The existing platform has worked well for the past 31 years but all good things must come to an end and 2018 sees the replacement of the v12 PCB by the v13 incorporating the Tokyo platform.
Why phase out the v12 so quickly?
It had become evident over the past 24 months that the existing platform was too restrictive with a number projects being postponed or cancelled due to potential problems during development. WiFi, the Notification Centre, ISO bio-templates and SmartBooking 2.0 could not realistically be developed on the v12 and so the decision was made to replace the platform as quickly as possible. Although we have missed the end of year deadline for sales to partners, from 1st December timeware® will be installing v13 in all upgrades and new projects. The v12 will no longer be available after 31st March 2018 and the launch date for the trade is one day later on 1st April (no joke! ) 2018.
What are the main parts of the Tokyo platform?
There are three distinct elements that make up the Tokyo platform: Raspberry PI 3, Windows 10 Core and a ‘hat’ PCB from NMD3.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B features a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of LPDDR2-900 SDRAM, and the graphics capabilities provided by a VideoCore IV GPU. Over 14,000,000 Raspberry PI’s have been sold since its release in February 2013.
The operating system:
Windows 10 Core IoT has been designed specifically for use in small footprint, low-cost devices and IoT scenarios. It is a rebranded version of Microsoft’s earlier embedded operating systems, Windows Embedded. This operating system is a sub-set of the one used in desk-top PCs.
The interface ‘hat’ PCB and the application software:
NMD3 provide the PCB that enables the Raspberry to interface with data-collection specific items such as ISO biometrics, clock & data / wiegand readers, RTC and operational battery backup. NMD3 also provide the application software that combines the power of the PI, the accessibility of the NMD3 hat PCB all encapsulated by the safe surroundings of the Windows 10 core operating system.
What does this all mean?
In simple terms, the v13 terminal is very quick and is capable of running software that looks just as good as the main timeware® application. It means that the development cycle for new features will be greatly reduced as the device has standard interfaces such as USB & HDMI.
It means that in effect, there are three companies developing the product, the Raspberry Foundation, Microsoft and NMD3.
Get ready for the next stage in the evolution of the NMD range of products.