Marvell Launches First Apple HomeKit SDK for IoT Accessoriesby Stephen Barrett on March 10, 2015 8:00 AM EST
Today Marvell is announcing general availability of the industry's first embedded software development kit (SDK) with Apple HomeKit support. Specifically, Marvell's existing EZ-Connect IoT Platform is now HomeKit enabled.
HomeKit, released with iOS 8, is an Apple designed framework to connect IoT devices (from a certified vendor) in a user's home with Apple devices. At Apple's 2014 developer conference (WWDC), Apple provided hardware and software developers with a HomeKit specification and training. Since then, Apple has been working with industry to integrate HomeKit technology into tool chains and products. Marvell announcing HomeKit support integrated into their embedded SDK is an important step toward the eventual launch of HomeKit enabled devices from Marvell's customers. These devices could be anything electronic common to a home, such as air conditioners, sprinkler systems, smart plugs, toys, edge devices, and even ZigBee wireless products (such as light bulbs) connected to a HomeKit enabled ZigBee-Wi-Fi bridge.
The EZ-Connect SDK provides libraries to handle anything to do with connectivity. Some examples provided by Marvell are HTTP client, HTTP server, Bonjour, JSON, websocket, and Wi-Fi network provisioning. Therefore, the developer is free to focus on the logic specific to their device such as light bulb dimming or color changing.
Marvell's EZ-Connect SDK targets their "Wi-Fi Microcontroller IoT platform". This is a two chip solution combining the 88MC200 SoC featuring a Cortex-M3 CPU with the 88W8801 featuring 1x1 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity. Marvell provides these chips along wth a reference module (approx. 18 x 23mm) seen below for hardware partners to create their own FCC-certified modules or for customers to directly integrate into custom designs and do their own certification.
Marvell had also previously announced a single-chip update of this platform, the MW300, that is going into production later this month. Marvell stated they already have customers using samples of the MW300 and they expect most new projects to use the MW300 considering the size and power consumption benefits of integration.
While Marvell has only just launched this new capability today, lead-users have been developing on it for some time. Marvell stated several IoT product announcements have already been made that include this hardware and SDK, but they are not at liberty to provide customer or product names yet.
Now that a silicon provider is providing HomeKit support, we should see more HomeKit news in 2015.
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fteoath64 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - linkLooks to me like BT4.0 antenna. The mini-bnc plug marked ANT1 is surely the wifi antenna. Bottom right.
r3loaded - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - linkI'll buy IoT devices as soon as the industry settles on a single standard, implements security robustly and deliver regular firmware updates.
In other words it'll be quite a long time.
shabby - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - linkActually that'll never happen.
name99 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - linkIn a totally new market, the road to specs goes through a whole lot of proprietary initial offerings.
When has it not been so? Half the specs you use today are either proprietary or began that way. x86? SMB? Ethernet? USB? SQL? OpenGL?
That's the way the world works. A new market needs a period of chaos and experimentation free of the slowness and constraints of specs, until we've all mostly agreed on how the new devices should work, at which point worrying about specs and interop becomes feasible.