MediaTek launches new platform for Internet of Things developers
Taiwanese chip designer MediaTek Inc. ( ) has launched a new development platform to help developers commercialize their products or services using the Internet of Things (IoT, ) technology.
The MediaTek LinkIt Assist 2502 platform is designed for advanced developers looking for a professional environment in which they can design and prototype the software and hardware for consumer-ready wearables and IoT devices.
The new module- based approach makes it easier to get access to MediaTek chipset technology and simplifies final hardware design for developers, the Hsinchu-based company said.
“Professional developers face many challenges in the lifecycle of device creation, but one such challenge shouldn’t be getting that product to a commercial-ready prototype,” said Marc Naddell, vice president of MediaTek Labs.
“MediaTek LinkIt Assist 2502, combined with our MediaTek Labs Partner Connect program, allows a developer’s dream to be a consumer’s reality,” Naddell said in a statement on April 10.
MediaTek Labs was launched in September 2014 to provide developers and service providers with software development kits, hardware development kits and documentation, as well as techni- cal and business support.
Tech research firm IDC defines the IoT as a network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or “things”) that communicate without human interaction using Internet Protocol connectivity — be it “locally” or globally.
According to IDC’s forecasts, the IoT industry in the AsiaPacific region will continue its strong growth, with the number of connected “things” expected to increase from 3.1 billion units this year to 8.6 billion units by 2020.
Over this same period, the total Asia-Pacific IoT market size, excluding Japan, will increase from US$250 billion to US$583 billion, IDC estimated.