Cypress Streamlines Wireless Design for Smart Home Applications with Addition of iCloud Support to IoT Development Platform

Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), the leader in wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced an updated version of its turnkey development platform for the IoT that simplifies the integration of wireless connectivity into smart home applications. The Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED®) Studio platform now adds iCloud remote access support for Wi-Fi-based accessories that support Apple® HomeKit™. Developers can leverage iCloud support in the WICED software development kit (SDK) and Cypress’ CYW43907 Wi-Fi® MCU to create hub-independent platforms that connect directly to Siri voice control and the Apple Home app remotely. 

“Emerging smart home applications are providing some of the most tangible improvements to our everyday lives, not only giving us the convenience of controlling our lighting, appliances and thermostats remotely, but the ability to manage their usage and power consumption profiles more efficiently—which is a win-win for the environment and consumer pocketbooks,” said Brian Bedrosian, Vice President of Marketing for the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. “Our new WICED Studio development platform lets OEMs bring HomeKit support to their smart home products, enabling Siri control and convenient control using an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. For example, the WICED platform is used in Leviton Manufacturing Co.’s Decora Smart™ family of lighting switches and dimmers with HomeKit support.

“By using Cypress’ WICED development platform and ultra-low power CYW20719 Bluetooth/BLE MCU, developers can integrate HomeKit support into products such as smart lighting devices, leverage Siri voice control, and connect to the Apple Home app seamlessly,” says Dirk Venter, Field Application Engineer at Arrow Altech Distribution.

WICED Studio provides a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Cypress’ world-class Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and combo solutions, with an easy-to-use application programming interface in the world’s most integrated and interoperable wireless SDK. The kit includes the markets most broadly deployed and rigorously tested Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, and it offers simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn about complex wireless technologies. The SDK also supports Cypress’ high-performance 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions that use high-speed transmissions to enable IoT devices with faster downloads and better range, as well as lower power consumption by quickly exploiting deep sleep modes.

The Cypress CYW43907 SoC integrates dual-band IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with a 320-MHz ARM® Cortex®-R4 RISC processor and 2 MB of SRAM to run applications and manage IoT protocols. The SoC’s power management unit simplifies power topologies and optimizing energy consumption.  For more information please contact:

 

Dirk Venter
Engineer: Field Application
Arrow Altech Distribution

DVenter@arrow.altech.co.za
+27 (0) 11 923 9666
+27 (0) 82 339 8648

 

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