IDE from Silicon Labs targets concurrent 8/32-bit MCU and wireless design

February 23, 2015 // By Julien Happich
Simplicity Studio is a package that Silicon Labs claims to be industry's first integrated MCU/wireless development environment enabling concurrent MCU and RF design for a wide range of IoT applications.

This new software release inherits features from the original Simplicity Studio platform and adds support for Silicon Labs’ new 8-bit EFM8 MCU family, new EZR32 sub-GHz wireless MCUs and EM35xx Ember ZigBee wireless SoCs, which the company claims as the most widely used 2.4 GHz connectivity solution in the 802.15.4 mesh networking market.

The tool provides MCU and wireless developers with one-click access to everything they need to complete their projects, from initial concept to final product, in a unified software environment. It includes an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE), graphical configuration tools, energy profiling tools, network analysis tools, demos, software examples, documentation, technical support and community forums.

Simplicity Studio automatically detects the connected 8-bit or 32-bit MCU or wireless IC, graphically configure the device, and shows supported configuration options to help developers get their projects up and running in minutes. The contextually aware development environment provides developers with product information that is relevant to their project while integrated real-time energy profiling and network packet analyser tools also enable developers to create robust networks and energy-efficient wireless nodes and to enhance energy consumption for optimal battery life and size.
The Simplicity Studio development platform is available to developers at no charge and can be downloaded from'