Silicon Labs has launched a Bluetooth software solution that enables developers to efficiently create smart home accessories based on the Apple Homekit protocol.
Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth 4.2-compliant software with HomeKit support is pre-tested and certified by Apple to provide accessory developers with a low-risk solution that accelerates time-to-market.
The firm offers many hardware and software tools to simplify Apple HomeKit development such as Wireless Gecko SoCs and modules, easy-to-use Simplicity Studio development tools, plugins for Bluetooth Developer Studio, example accessory applications and source code, an iOS app with source code, extensive documentation and technical support.
Third-party tools such as the Bluetooth SIG’s Bluetooth Developer Studio supported by Simplicity Studio enables developers to auto-generate code for Apple HomeKit accessories and get up and running in less than an hour, according to the announcement.
Bluetooth modules including the new ultra-small BGM12x system-in-package (SiP) module feature integrated antennas and regulatory certifications allowing developers reduce engineering costs and time to market. In addition, designers also have the new Thunderboard Sense sensor-to-cloud kit to ease development.
Commented Riku Mettälä, Vice President of Marketing for IoT products at Silicon Labs. “We’ve invested significant time and engineering effort to ensure that our Bluetooth software complies with Apple HomeKit specifications. Developers who use our pre-tested solution will be many steps ahead along the path for iOS customers to use Siri voice control and the Home app to control their smart home products.”
In addition, Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth 4.2-compliant protocol stack supports key features such as LE secure connections for secure Bluetooth pairing, LE packet extensions for higher throughput, and LE dual topology for flexible network configurations and over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth software for Apple HomeKit is available free of charge to Apple Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFi) program licensees.
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