Pre-tested for Apple HomeKit: Silicon Labs' Bluetooth

November 29, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Developing accessories based on the Apple HomeKit protocol and security technology can require multiple interoperability tests.

Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth solution for Apple HomeKit is pre-tested and certified by Apple and has passed certification tests for the HomeKit specification. This pre-certification gives developers time-to-market benefits, eases engineering effort and helps end-product vendors minimize risks when getting their devices certified by Apple.

In addition to implementing the capabilities required to develop Apple HomeKit accessories, Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth 4.2-compliant protocol stack supports key features such as LE secure connections for secure Bluetooth pairing, LE packet extensions for higher throughput, and LE dual topology for flexible network configurations and over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates.
The core of Silicon Labs’ hardware offering for Apple HomeKit development is the Wireless Gecko SoC portfolio including Blue Gecko SoCs for Bluetooth applications. The company also offers several Bluetooth module families including the new ultra-small BGM12x system-in-package (SiP) module.

Silicon Labs' Simplicity Studio streamlines IoT design with one-click access to an Eclipse-based IDE, energy profiling, configuration and network analysis tools, demos, software examples, documentation, tech support and community forums. Silicon Labs’ BGScript language simplifies Bluetooth development with an easy-to-use BASIC-like syntax.

Simplicity Studio also supports third-party tools such as the Bluetooth SIG’s Bluetooth Developer Studio, which enables developers to auto-generate code for Apple HomeKit accessories and get up and running in less than an hour.

www.silabs.com/homekit