SDI Technologies, a 60 year CE giant and parent company of iHome, a major consumer electronics manufacturer with products in 50+ million US homes and sold at retailers in 70 countries worldwide, has selected Marvell's EZ-Connect IoT platform and SDK to power its iHome iSP5 SmartPlug.
“Marvell is thrilled to see the launch of iHome SmartPlug, as the first product in the iHome Control series of smart home products,” said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless and Internet of Things Business Units at Marvell. “This collaboration with iHome reflects our efforts to empower consumers with the most innovative connected devices available.”
“We are delighted to collaborate with Marvell to announce the new iHome Control series of smart home products,” said Gary Schultz, Director of Business and Product Development, SDI Technologies. “Marvell has established itself as a leader in the IoT market and has greatly helped in accelerating our product development and launch. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Marvell as we bring additional Smart-Home IoT products to the market.”
With the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, consumers can use Siri or the iHome Control app on Apple iOS and Android devices to control lamps, fans, air-conditioners, and other home devices from anywhere with their smart-phone. Users can also group several iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes” to control multiple connected devices within a home. Additionally, the iHome Control app allows for the creation of custom scenes to control multiple SmartPlugs with a single command, or to create schedules for complete home automation.
Marvell's EZ-Connect Wi-Fi Microcontroller IoT edge device platform was the industry's first IoT solution to offer full HomeKit support to hardware manufacturers. It features a powerful Cortex-M3 microcontroller (88MC200) and a best-in-class 802.11n wireless radio (88W8801) that together provide the essential pieces for enabling a HomeKit solution. Marvell's SDK for HomeKit is built on top of the field-proven and industry-leading EZ-Connect Software SDK and greatly simplifies the development of HomeKit accessories. Hardware manufacturers using Marvell's SDK for HomeKit benefit from the complete, supported implementation of the HomeKit framework and are able to save months of development effort and can instead focus their efforts on innovative product features and providing great user experiences.