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Toshiba plug-in speeds Bluetooth LE development

Steve Rogerson
September 8, 2016

Toshiba Electronics has launched a Bluetooth Developer Studio plug-in to reduce the development time of IoT devices and other applications based around Bluetooth Low Energy components from the Japanese company.
Bluetooth Developer Studio (BDS) is a Gatt-based application development tool provided by the Bluetooth SIG that helps developers create consistent Bluetooth services and applications across multiple chipsets and platforms. Toshiba’s BLE plug-in allows users to harness the power of BDS to create optimised code for the company’s family of integrated Bluetooth ICs.
BDS runs on a PC and provides users with graphical BLE profile design and debugging capabilities. The Toshiba BDS plug-in generates source code for standard and custom Gatt (generic attribute profile) server and client profiles that include Gatt services, characteristics, descriptors and operations, and GAP (generic access profile) advertising.
Using the tool, designers can generate C code and create ready-to-run test project files. These files can then be used with Toshiba’s software development kits and the corresponding starter kits for instant profile testing.
The plug-in aims to reduce the time to market of applications based on Toshiba’s TC356xx Bluetooth Low Energy devices. These ICs are for a wide variety of low-power, connected applications including mobile and wearable technologies, portable healthcare products, devices for smart buildings and point-of-sale terminals, and various industrial applications.
The continuous growth of data traffic driven by smartphones, wearables and applications such as virtual reality and the IoT can lead to increasing numbers of high-speed interfaces that typically require protection against electro-static discharge (ESD). To address this demand, Toshiba Electronics has released ESD protection diodes based on its fourth generation ESD diode array process (EAP-IV), which uses the company’s proprietary snapback technology.