MediaTek Labs Creates Opportunities for IoT Innovation with its New Open Source Development Platform

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: In today’s world companies are putting their best efforts to make the vision of connected world successful. Such innovative approaches have paved the way for growing market potential of building an Internet of Things (IoT) development platform which in turn seems to provide chip manufacturers a lucrative opportunity to expand.

Joining the wagon of IoT innovation, MediaTek Labs introduces a new Smart 7688 development platform. Its Hardware Development Kit (HDK) is available in two editions: the LinkIt Smart 7688 that comprises a microprocessor unit (MPU) based on the MediaTek MT7688AN system-on-chip (SOC); and the LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo which includes a microcontroller unit (MCU) and is Arduino compatible.

Operating on OpenWrt Linux system, the new platform has been designed to benefit the OpenWrt and Arduino developers. It allows developers to use the standard OpenWrt SDK to create native C applications for their IoT device, as well as to leverage the Arduino IDE software to develop applications for the Multipoint control unit (MCU) and have real time control of peripherals.

Both the LinkIt Smart 7688 and the LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo development boards feature 128MB RAM and 32MB internal flash storage along with built-in Wi-Fi and all the necessary ports for connecting peripherals and are fully compatible with open-source software, supporting a broad range of Linux kernel-based operating systems, such as OpenWrt, and multiple programming languages.

The new offering is an extension of MediaTek LinkIt ONE development platform that enables to design and prototype Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices using hardware and an API. For making it easier to prototype Wearables and IoT devices and their applications, the platform delivers the LinkIt ONE Software Development Kit (SDK) for the creation of apps for LinkIt ONE devices. It integrates with the Arduino software to deliver an API. While the LinkIt ONE Hardware Development Kit (HDK) for prototyping devices is based on a MediaTek hardware reference design.

"MediaTek Labs is focused on stimulating innovation in IoT and is pleased to extend its LinkIt family of development platforms to the open-source and web developer communities, enabling broader product development for a more connected world. The new LinkIt Smart 7688 development platform will appeal to a wide range of developers because of its open-source software compatibility, support for several popular programming languages and use of Linux," says Marc Naddell, VP, MediaTek Labs.