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MediaTek bolsters wearable, smart home clout

Posted: 05 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IoT  wearables  smart home 

MediaTek has taken the wraps off a development platform and a pair of SoCs geared towards connected devices. The LinkIt platform is supported by reference designs that enable creation of various form factors, functionalities, and Internet connected services. The MT7688 and MT7681 SoCs bolster the company's efforts in the smart home market.

LinkIt integrates MediaTek's Aster SoC, which comes in a package size of 5.4mm x 6.2mm, specifically designed for wearable devices. It also includes a plug-in software development kit for Arduino and VisualStudio. The launch of LinkIt is a part of MediaTek's wider initiative called MediaTek Labs, which will officially launch later this year. This developer-centric ecosystem will support the creation of wearable devices and IoT applications based on the LinkIt platform.

MediaTek's two new SoCs, which have entered mass production, target the smart home market segment. The MT7688 chip is Linux-based, supports 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and is said to have the lowest power consumption among current SoCs for smart home appliances. Embedded on this 12mm x 12mm SoC are MIPS24KEc/580MHz CPU, 256MB DDR1/2 RAM and AES128/256 encryption engine, enabling it to power the more complicated and data intensive smart home appliances such as IP cameras and home surveillance systems. The MT7681 SoC is designed for easy embedding into small and simple home appliances such as smart lighting, door locks and plugs. It provides GPIO and PWM for intelligent control, as well as UART and SPI interfaces for device communication. It has an integrated power management unit, power amplifier, low noise amplifier and RF switch to reduce the module size and RF design capability requirement.

The Smart Connection smartphone app by MediaTek is an inclusive solution that enables connection between different smart home appliances, from lighting, smart TVs, smart locks to other white goods via Wi-Fi on one unified interface. The app is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Linux-based smartphones, as well as smartphones that are not powered by a MediaTek SoC.

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