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Broadcom's WICED dev kit aimed at IoT

Posted: 13 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Broadcom  Internet of Things  WICED  smart development kit  Bluetooth Smart 

Broadcom Corp. has extended its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) portfolio with the introduction of the WICED smart development kit through strategic distribution partners. The hardware development kit is intended for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that develop products for the "Internet of Things," indicated the company.

According to the company, the platform provides access to a low-power client device with an integrated Bluetooth Smart (formerly Bluetooth Low Energy) software stack and application profiles, offering OEMs an easy-to-use, cost-effective embedded wireless solution with a small footprint to inspire connectivity in a new range of devices.

Broadcom's WICED platform claims to ease development and simplify implementation of WiFi connectivity in an array of consumer devices, particularly in "headless" products without sophisticated user interfaces or existing networking capabilities. By adding the BCM20732 Bluetooth Smart SoC to its existing WICED platform, Broadcom helps OEMs develop products that effortlessly pair battery-operated devices to smartphones and tablets, delivering even more mobility to consumers' on-the-go lifestyle, the company added.

By using Broadcom WICED smart-based consumer electronics devices for example, users can continuously monitor and control heart rate, blood glucose and other health metrics from their smartphones. Beyond monitoring, users can upload this information to "the cloud" for real-time analysis and graphical measurement, liberating the data from a singular sensor device and allowing it to be accessed from any client device at any time.

Broadcom's BCM920732_BLE_KIT is available through distribution partners Arrow Avnet and Macnica.

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