CSR plc released connectivity solutions for the new ARM mbed operating system (OS) developed for Internet of Things (IoT) apps.
CSR is soon making available (early 2015) two mbed expansion boards, also known as shields, to the IoT developer community. One shield solution combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth based on the CSR6030 and CSR8311. The other offers Bluetooth Smart connectivity based on CSR1010. The two systems designed to provide the fundamental connectivity required for all IoT devices.
Anthony Murray, CSR’s Senior Vice President, Business Group, said: “By combining ARM’s processing engine with CSR’s connectivity solutions, mbed OS will significantly ease developers’ efforts to cost effectively speed their connected devices to market. This is vital in the fast changing and highly competitive consumer IoT marketplace.”
He added: “A full-stack platform enables the easy reuse of blocks on a variety of hardware which helps mbed OS extend ARM’s great work to support the development community and takes bringing IoT devices to market one step further.”
“For the IoT to work at scale we need to give developers an array of interoperable hardware and software solutions that help to advance ideas seamlessly from proof of concept to prototype and on to mass production,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM. “CSR’s portfolio of connectivity and location solutions will accelerate this development path and they are a key partner for ARM in supporting the rollout of our mbed IoT Device Platform. The components from CSR will be highly valuable in enabling the 70,000-strong ecosystem of mbed developers to bring the IoT to life at a commercial scale.”
CSR is also supporting ARM by adding location capabilities along with connectivity, CSR said it will make a GPS board available to mbed developers that is based on its SiRFStarV platform. The location board with code and reference designs are to made available by 2015-end.