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Cypress adds connectivity, Cloud, API to IoT platform

William Payne
November 10, 2016


British embedded logic specialist Cypress Semiconductor has enhanced its Internet of Things platform. The company has unveiled a new version of its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices, or WICED, Studio 4 platform which the company says will combine a single development environment for multiple wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth  and combo solutions. The updated version includes a new programming API and integration to popular enterprise cloud environments.

Cypress acquired the WICED Studio platform from Broadcom earlier this year.

"Many IoT applications are trending toward combo solutions that enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and alternative connectivity protocols, and every IoT developer is looking for a simple migration path to connectivity upgrades," said Mike Hogan, Vice President of the IoT Business Unit at Cypress. "Our new WICED Studio 4 development platform provides a single tool for designs with multiple wireless protocols, streamlining the design process and allowing our customers to get their innovative connected products to market faster."

The WICED Studio 4 development platform supports both Cypress's CYW 43438 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination solution and its low-power CYW 20719 Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) combination solution, which is now sampling to lead customers. The SDK features a single installer package for multiple wireless technologies with an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows, MacOS and Linux.

The WICED Studio 4 SDK integrates popular cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix, Alibaba Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, along with services from private cloud partners. The SDK also provides support for Apple's HomeKit home automation platform to Apple licensees, and it will soon add support for China's key Weibo social media platform.

Cypress's WICED Studio 4 connectivity suite is microcontroller (MCU)-agnostic and provides ready support for a variety of third-party MCUs to address the needs of complex IoT applications. The platform also enables cost efficient solutions for simple IoT applications by integrating MCU functionality into the connectivity device. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks can run transparently on a host MCU or in embedded mode, allowing for flexible platform architectures with common firmware.