Dialog Semiconductor launches drive into smart home market with bluetooth smart development kit

Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth® Smart technology, today announced a Bluetooth Smart development kit, with full support for Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories. Analyst IHS predicts that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 56% between now and 2018, resulting in 190 million accessories being shipped in that year.

Dialog’s Bluetooth Smart Development Kit, based on its SmartBond DA14580 system-on-chip (SoC), will help create accessories with the fastest response times, creating the best possible user experience. Initial pairing set up takes 4.5 seconds and pair-verify, which occurs whenever an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch issues a command, takes only 250 ms. The DA14580, which is available in a tiny 2.5 x 2.5 mm package, also offers the lowest power consumption in its class with a peak current of less than 5 mA, maximising battery life.

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Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity, automotive & industrial business group at Dialog Semiconductor, said, “HomeKit is unifying smart home accessories with a common set of controls, UI elements and end-to-end encryption which is an important step for the home automation market. We’re pleased to be on board with our own Bluetooth Smart Development Kit that fully supports the HomeKit framework. Our Kit enables developers of smart home accessories to create differentiation and competitive advantage through delivering a measurably better user experience and will help them bring their products to market quickly and reliably.”

The SmartBond development kits feature a power profiler for power-optimised coding and Dialog’s SmartSnippets™ software development environment, based on Keil™’s µVision tools.

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