MediaTek takes aim at Arduino with IoT wearables project

SoC, SDK, breadboards

MediaTek is dipping its toe in the murky waters of the Internet of Things, announcing a lab initiative with software and hardware development kits targeting the wearables market.

The MediaTek Labs program is based on the Linkit Developer Platform, which puts the Aster MT2502 system-on-chip together with an operating system (LinkIt OS), the LinkIt One developer board, and the SDK.

The SDK, MediaTek says, is designed to help users port existing Arduino code to LinkIt OS, with APIs providing access to the hardware's GSM, GPRS, Bluetooth and WiFi communications.

LinkIt OS is a realtime kernel overlaid with drivers, middleware and protocol stacks that expose the chipsets features. Developers can create applications as Arduino sketches, and APIs in the OS provide access to third-party hardware.

The launch also includes a preview release of the company's MediaTek SDK for Android. The SDK is published as extensions to drop into Google's Android SDK, the company says, letting users cut MediaTek code in Eclipse, with an emulator for testing and debugging under control of a customised version of Google's Dalvik debug monitor server.

The MT2502 SoC provides a 260 MHz ARM CPU, with tight RAM integration to cut down overall silicon real estate, a key consideration in the wearables market.

The company is offering registration to the program here. ®

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