MediaTek introduces LinkIt platform aimed at affordable wearables

MediaTek LinkIt

MediaTek has announced LinkIt, the company’s latest development platform aimed at wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) markets at the Computex 2014 in Taiwan. LinkIt has built-in MediaTek Aster System on Chip (SoC) that is designed for developers to create affordable wearable and Internet of Things products for super-mid markets.

MediaTek would also launch MediaTek Labs, a worldwide ecosystem initiative for the developer community later this year that would support developers in creation of wearable devices and IoT applications based on the LinkIt platform. It would offer software development kits (SDKs), hardware development kits (HDKs), technical documentation, as well as technical and business support.

MediaTek LinkIt overview

In addition to the MT2502 Asher that includes the Modem, microcontroller and Bluetooth, the LinkIt platform also comes with optional MT3332 GPS and MT5931 WiFi modules.

Highlights of MediaTek LinkIt

  • MediaTek Aster measures only 5.4×6.2mm and is specifically designed for wearable devices
  • Developer platform supported by reference designs that enable creation of various form factors, functionalities and internet connected services
  • Synergies between microprocessor unit and communication modules, facilitating development and saving time in new device creation
  • Modularity in software architecture provides developers with high degree of flexibility
  • Supports over-the-air (OTA) updates for apps, algorithms and drivers
  • Plug-in software development kit (SDK) for Arduino and VisualStudio; planned support for Eclipse
  • Hardware Development Kit (HDK) based on LinkIt board by third-party

MediaTek Labs would launch sometime in Q3 2014.

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