MediaTek announced today a new initiative called "MediaTek Labs" to help spur development in the wearable and so-called Internet of Things arenas. MediaTek Labs is a multi-pronged approach, offering support, documentation and guidance for developers of all skill levels to build wearables and other connected devices with an SDK and HDK (Hardware Development Kit).
It's all based on MediaTek's LinkIt Development Platform, which is a setup with a MT2502 SoC, Wifi and GPS chipsets aimed at battery efficiency.
Along with the SDK and HDK, MediaTek will be offering online help, business overviews, discussion forums and the ability to talk to MediaTek experts. It's an interesting way to get third-party developers involved and working on MediaTek's processors, and is just one more choice when it comes to developing unique hardware and software.
If you're interested in MediaTek Labs, you can start your search at this link.
MediaTek Launches Labs Developer Program to Jumpstart Wearable and IoT Device Creation
Unveils LinkIt™ platform; simplifies the development of hardware and software for developers, designers and makers
TAIWAN, Hsinchu — Sept 22, 2014 — MediaTek today launched MediaTek Labs (http://labs.mediatek.com), a global initiative that allows developers of any background or skill level to create wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new program 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.
"With the launch of MediaTek Labs we're opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation," says Marc Naddell, vice president of MediaTek Labs. "We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world."
The Labs developer program also features the LinkIt™ Development Platform, which is based on the MediaTek Aster (MT2502) chipset. The LinkIt development Platform is the one of the best connected platforms, offering excellent integration for the package size and doing away with the need for additional connectivity hardware. LinkIt makes creating prototype wearable and IoT devices easy and cost effective by leveraging MediaTek's proven 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 yet 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 make it easy to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields to LinkIt ONE and create fully featured device prototypes. Software Development Kit (SDK) — Makers can easily migrate existing Arduino code to LinkIt ONE using the APIs provided. In addition, they 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
"MediaTek has a very competitive solution for Wearables and IoT, so now it's time that makers swap out their traditional industrial components for LinkIt when creating new connected IoT devices. With the LinkIt ONE hardware kit as part of the LinkIt Developer Platform, we're excited to help Makers bring prototypes to market faster and more easily," says Eric Pan, founder and chief executive officer of Seeed Studio.
Makers, designers and developers can sign up to MediaTek Labs today and download the full range of tools and documentation at http://labs.mediatek.com.
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