CSR will offer two mbed expansion boards, also known as shields; one combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth based on the CSR6030 and CSR8311 ICs. The other offers Bluetooth Smart connectivity based on CSR1010 chip. These shields, which will be released in early 2015, are designed to work with the ARM mbed OS that will also be available to developers in early 2015. The two systems will provide the fundamental connectivity required for all IoT devices. With a choice of connectivity solutions, CSR says, developers can adopt the technology to achieve the right performance for each device.
CSR positions this announcement with the statement, “By combining ARM's processing engine with CSR’s connectivity solutions, mbed OS will significantly ease developers’ efforts to cost effectively speed their connected devices to market.... A full-stack platform enables the easy reuse of blocks on a variety of hardware which helps mbed OS extend ARM’s work to support the development community and takes bringing IoT devices to market one step further.”
“For the IoT to work at scale we need to give developers an array of interoperable hardware and software solutions that help to advance ideas seamlessly from proof of concept to prototype and on to mass production,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM. “CSR’s portfolio of connectivity and location solutions will accelerate this development path and they are a key partner for ARM in supporting the rollout of our mbed IoT Device Platform.”
To add location capabilities along with connectivity, CSR will make a GPS board available to mbed developers that is based on the SiRFStarV platform. The location board will be complete with source code and reference designs.