MediaTeck Labs Launches Platform to Allow Developers to Create Wearable and IoT Devices
|Stuart Parkerson in Mobile Tech Monday, September 22, 2014|
MediaTek has launched MediaTek Labs, a program that allows developers to create wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new platform provides developers, makers and service providers with software development kits (SDKs), hardware development kits (HDKs), and technical documentation, as well as technical and business support.
The MediaTek Labs developer program features the LinkIt Development Platform, which is based on the MediaTek Aster (MT2502) chipset. The LinkIt Development Platform is a connected platform that offers excellent integration for the package size and does away with the need for additional connectivity hardware. LinkIt makes creating prototype wearable and IoT devices possible by using MediaTek’s reference design development model.
The LinkIt platform consists of the following components:
System-on-Chip (SoC): MediaTek Aster (MT2502), the world’s smallest commercial SoC for Wearables, and companion Wi-Fi (MT5931) and GPS (MT3332) chipsets offering powerful, battery efficient technology.
LinkIt OS: An advanced and compact operating system that enables control software and takes full advantage of the features of the Aster SoC, companion chipsets, and a wide range of sensors and peripheral hardware.
Hardware Development Kit (HDK): Launching first with LinkIt ONE, a co-design project with Seeed Studio, the HDK will facilitate the ability to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured device prototypes.
Software Development Kit (SDK): Makers can migrate existing Arduino code to LinkIt ONE using the APIs provided. In addition, developers get a range of APIs to make use of the LinkIt communication features: GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
To ensure developers can make the most of the LinkIt offering, the MediaTek Labs website includes a range of additional services including:
- Comprehensive business and technology overviews.
- A Solutions Catalog where developers can share information on their devices, applications, and services and become accessible for matchmaking to MediaTek’s customers and partners.
- Support services, including comprehensive FAQ, discussion forums that are monitored by MediaTek technical experts, and, for developers with solutions under development in the Solutions Catalog, free technical support.
Makers, designers and developers can sign up to MediaTek Labs today and download the full range of tools and documentation.
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