CSR has unveiled a new low-cost development kit aimed at helping developers get Bluetooth Smart prototypes up and running and into production quickly. Based on CSR’s proven µEnergy platform, the kit provides a complete environment for developers who are looking to create their first Bluetooth Smart products and get them to market rapidly with a low initial investment.
The kit is available globally via Digikey, Broadband and through local CSR authorised distributors. It offers unlimited compiler and debug tools, removing restrictions from developers and enabling them to innovate with the full CSR µEnergy platform. This compares to competitor offerings which tend to require developers to purchase a separate development environment which incurs a significant additional cost.
“This SDK offers a low barrier to entry for developers looking to create fully-featured Bluetooth Smart products such as wearable, human interface, fitness, medical and IoT devices,” explained Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “We want to give developers access to our highly optimised hardware and software solutions at a cost-effective price so that we can ease their efforts in bringing their innovative ideas for products to market as simply as possible.”
The CSR Starter Development Kit looks to help accelerate hardware development with the inclusion of FCC and ETSI RF certified reference module designs which are supported with full design files. In addition, CSR’s Starter Development Kit comes supplied with a hardware development board, a CSR1010 module, mini USB cable, setup and quick start guides straight out of the box. No additional monetary investment is required from developers nor is there a need to download and install additional tools or purchase further software licenses.
The Kit includes a full suite of profiles and example applications to run on-chip. These are coupled with example source code for iOS and Android to give developers a starting point for their application development. Developer support is provided by the newly launched CSR developer forum and wiki.