Low-cost Bluetooth Smart starter development kit from CSR

December 20, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
A $99 SDK enables developers to bring Bluetooth Smart devices to market quickly and cost-effectively; CSR has introduced a low-cost development kit aimed at developers looking to get Bluetooth Smart prototypes up and running fast, then move quickly to production.

Based on the CSR µEnergy platform, the Starter Development Kit provides a complete environment for developers who are looking to create their first Bluetooth Smart products and get them to market rapidly with a low initial investment.

Available globally via Digikey, Broadband and local CSR distributors, the Starter Development Kit offers unlimited compiler and debug tools, removing restrictions from developers and enabling them to innovate with the full power of the CSR µEnergy platform.

“This SDK offers a low barrier to entry for developers looking to create fully-featured Bluetooth Smart products such as wearable, human interface, fitness, medical and IoT devices,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “We want to give developers access to our highly optimised hardware and software solutions at a cost-effective price so that we can ease their efforts in bringing their innovative ideas for products to market as simply as possible.”

The CSR Starter Development Kit also accelerates hardware development due to the inclusion of FCC and ETSI RF certified reference module designs which are supported with full design files. In addition, the kit comes supplied with a hardware development board, a CSR1010 module, mini USB cable, setup and quick start guides straight out of the box. No additional monetary investment is required from developers nor is there a need to download and install additional tools or purchase further software licenses.

The kit includes a full suite of profiles and example applications to run on-chip. These are coupled with example source code for iOS and Android to give developers a starting point for their application development. Developer support is provided by the newly launched CSR developer forum and wiki. The kit provides a complete set of tools for software development, board design and production testing, including:

· Target board with CSR µEnergy IC on a reference module, a USB programming interface and interfaces for breaking out I/O to application-specific sensors and actuators.