Streamlining IoT designs with turnkey development platform
electronica 2016 saw Cypress Semiconductor announced a new version of its development platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) that enables wireless connectivity in minutes. The Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Studio 4 platform provides a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Cypress’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and combo solutions, with an easy-to-use application programming interface.
The WICED platform supports cloud services and eliminates the need for developers to implement the various protocols to connect to them, reducing development time and costs.
“Many IoT applications are trending toward combo solutions that enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and alternative connectivity protocols, and every IoT developer is looking for a simple migration path to connectivity upgrades,” said Mike Hogan, Vice President of the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. “Our new WICED Studio 4 development platform provides a single tool for designs with multiple wireless protocols, streamlining the design process and allowing our customers to get their innovative connected products to market faster.”
The Cypress WICED Studio 4 development platform features an integrated and interoperable wireless software development kit (SDK). The kit includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, and it offers simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn about complex wireless technologies. In line with the IoT trend toward dual-mode connectivity, the kit supports both Cypress’s CYW 43438 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solution and its low power CYW 20719 Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) combination solution, which is now sampling to lead customers. The SDK features a single installer package for multiple wireless technologies with an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows, MacOS and Linux.
The WICED Studio 4 SDK enables cloud connectivity in minutes with its robust libraries that integrate cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud and Microsoft Azure, along with services from private cloud partners. The SDK provides support for Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform to Apple licensees, and it will soon add support for China’s key Weibo social media platform.
Cypress’s WICED Studio 4 connectivity suite is microcontroller (MCU) agnostic and provides ready support for a variety of third party MCUs to address the needs of complex IoT applications. The platform also enables cost efficient solutions for simple IoT applications by integrating MCU functionality into the connectivity device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks can run transparently on a host MCU or in embedded mode, allowing for flexible platform architectures with common firmware.