Dialog launches Bluetooth support for Apple HomeKit smart home accessories

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Dialog Semiconductor has released a Bluetooth Smart development kit, which supports Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories. In a recent report on the connected home, BI Intelligence predicted that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 67% between now and 2019, resulting in 1.8 billion accessories being shipped in that year.

Based on Dialog’s SmartBond DA14580 SoC, the Bluetooth Smart development kit is designed to help create accessories with fast response times. Initial pairing set up is said to take 4.5s and pair-verify, which occurs whenever an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch issues a command, takes 250ms. The DA14580, which is available in a 2.5 x 2.5mm package, offers a peak current of less than 5mA.

“HomeKit is unifying smart home accessories with a common set of controls, user interface elements and end-to-end encryption which is an important step for the home automation market,” said Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. “Our kit enables developers to achieve differentiation and a competitive advantage through delivering a superior user experience and accelerating time to market for their smart home accessories.”

The SmartBond development kits feature a power profiler for power-optimised coding and Dialog’s SmartSnippets software development environment, based on Keil µVision tools.