Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taiwanese development kit targets wearables and IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
April 16, 2015
Taiwanese company MediaTek Labs has introduced a development platform to design and prototype the software and hardware for consumer-ready wearables and IoT devices. The LinkIt Assist 2502 consists of four components: a software development kit (SDK) plug-in for the Eclipse IDE; C-based application programming interface (API); hardware development kit (HDK); and a module-based hardware reference design to help simplify component integration.
“Professional developers face many challenges in the lifecycle of device creation, but one such challenge shouldn’t be getting that product to a commercial-ready prototype,” said Marc Naddell, vice-president of MediaTek Labs. “MediaTek LinkIt Assist 2502, combined with our MediaTek Labs Partner Connect programme, allows a developer’s dream to be a consumer’s reality”.
The SDK puts an emphasis on features such as enhanced graphics, image decoder, vector fonts (powered by Etrump) and LCD and touchscreen support. Additionally, developers can benefit from features such as SSL and HTTPS support for web services authentication, smart connection API for Wifi configuration, a notification library for iOS and Android, and over-the-air application and firmware update capability.
The HDK is designed to build commercial-ready prototypes and delivers a complete package in the form of the LinkIt Assist 2502 development board from Seeed Studio and LinkIt Assist 2502 modules from AcSip. The module-based approach makes it easier to get access to MediaTek chipset technology and simplifies final hardware design for developers.
The development board comes with three modules based on MediaTek chipsets, including the MT2502 (Aster) SoC (for GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth 2.1 and 4.0) and its MT5931 Wifi and MT3332 GNSS (GPS, Glonass and Beidou) companion chipsets, giving developers a broad range of features in one board. The development board also comes with a swappable 240 x 240 16bit colour touch LCD.
MediaTek Labs was launched in September 2014 and provides developers, makers and service providers with SDKs, HDKs and documentation, as well as technical and business support. The first developer offering for wearables and IoT was the LinkIt One platform, which has proven to be popular among the do-it-yourself maker community.
The new LinkIt Assist 2502 SDK is available for download from MediaTek Labs. The HDK and modules will ship in the second quarter of this year.