Cypress smart home platform gets an ear for Siri

August 16, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With the latest release of its IoT development platform WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Studio, Cypress Semiconductor makes it easier to enable Smart Home applications to communicate wirelessly: The platform now supports Apple’s HomeKit toolbox. The support also extends to Apple’s voice control technology Siri.

Cypress’ new WICED Studio development platform lets OEMs bring HomeKit support to their smart home products, enabling Siri control and convenient control using an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.”

Using Cypress’ WICED development platform and ultra-low power CYW20719 Bluetooth/BLE MCU, developers can integrate HomeKit support into products such as smart lighting devices, leverage Siri voice control and connect to the Apple Home app seamlessly.

WICED Studio provides a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Cypress’ s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and combo solutions, with an application programming interface in the wireless SDK. The kit includes the market’s most broadly deployed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, and it offers simplified application programming interfaces that free developers from needing to learn about complex wireless technologies. The SDK also supports Cypress’ high-performance 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions that use high-speed transmissions to enable IoT devices with faster downloads and better range, as well as lower power consumption by quickly exploiting deep sleep modes.