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Bluetooth smart chip aimed at Internet of Things

Posted: 31 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth? Internet of Things? Android?

Broadcom Corp. has uncloaked a Bluetooth Smart SoC geared for low-cost, low power peripherals to work with Android-based smartphones and tablets. The BCM20732 and contribution of its software will push the proliferation of Bluetooth technology in the "Internet of Things" ecosystem, added the firm.

The Bluetooth Smart SoC allows OEMs to seamlessly connect peripheral devices such as heart rate monitors, pedometers, door locks, lighting, proximity alarms and more. Designed for simple integration into coin cell batteries, the ARM Cortex M3-based BCM20732 will inspire a range of connectivity for previously unconnected devices, noted Broadcom. The SoC also makes it possible to operate Bluetooth Smart-enabled products for more than one year without recharging the small batteries that power them.

The introduction of Broadcom's Bluetooth Smart software expands opportunities for OEMs in the "Internet of Things" market, particularly with in health, fitness, personal security and home automation markets. Broadcom's stack includes built-in application programming interface calls (APIs) to enable instant control of peripheral devices directly from Android-based smartphones and tablets, as well as application development kit (ADK) peripheral support to help OEMs quickly and easily develop products with the latest profiles and customised applications for enhanced consumer experiences.

The Broadcom BCM20732 is sampling with evaluation boards (EVBs) and SDKs and is available in volume production.

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