Dialog Semiconductor Issues Apple HomeKit Bluetooth Development Kit

Dialog Semiconductor

UK-based Dialog Semiconductor has announced the availability of its latest Apple HomeKit development kit, to reduce the time-to-market and increase functionality of smart home and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Dialog’s second-generation kit supports all current HomeKit Accessory Profiles within Apple’s updated IoT platform. The kit itself is built on Dialog’s DA14681 System-on-Chip (SoC), providing connectivity to a variety of battery-powered devices. It is touted as the first SoC on the market with dedicated hardware acceleration for HomeKit security operations which ensures end-to-end application encryption, safeguarding personal information in transit.
“Our new development kit lowers the barriers for smart home device development,” said Sean McGrath, SVP and GM Connectivity, Automotive and Industrial Business Group. “Beyond the simplicity of the highly integrated connectivity SoC at the heart of the kit, its fastest response times create the best possible user experience for end devices, with initial pairing taking less than 2.8 seconds and responding faster than 250 ms whenever an iOS device issues a command. This creates an instant response whenever a user interacts with a HomeKit-powered light, door lock, smoke detector or other accessory.”
The DA14681 supports Bluetooth 4.2 to provide seamless connectivity, and smartly balances power efficiency and performance, with an ARM Cortex M0 processor, expandable flash memory, a Power Management Unit (PMU) for sensors and motors, and built-in charger that supports a USB interface. 

The DA14681 development kit consists of the HomeKit SDK, Basic and Pro versions of the kit, and a flexible add-on board to interface with the separately available MFi chip.
The new HomeKit development kit and add-on board are now available from Avnet, Digi-Key and Mouser. Click here to learn more.