Pre-tested and certified by Apple, the Bluetooth solution enables developers to create Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories efficiently, Silicon Labs said, adding that the solution reduces project risks and speeds time to market.
“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,” said Riku Mettälä, Vice President of Marketing for IoT products at Silicon Labs.
Available as a library with clean, easy-to-use APIs, the Bluetooth 4.2-compliant software supports Apple HomeKit development projects with a large portfolio of 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.
In addition to implementing the capabilities required to develop Apple HomeKit accessories, the 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.
Simplicity Studio streamlines IoT design with one-click access to an Eclipse-based IDE, energy profiling, configuration and network analysis tools, demos, software examples, documentation, tech support and community forums.
Silicon Labs’ BGScript language simplifies Bluetooth development with an easy-to-use BASIC-like syntax. Simplicity Studio also supports third-party tools such as the Bluetooth SIG’s Bluetooth Developer Studio, which enables developers to auto-generate code for Apple HomeKit accessories and get up and running in less than an hour.