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Developing IoT products is still much too complex, says Silicon Labs

Developing IoT products is still much too complex, says Silicon Labs

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Førre commented to EDN Europe that if the expected billions of devices are to be realised, the development process must be made aceessible to a wider user base. One step along that road is the company’s free-to-download Simplicity Studio Platform, a design environment that provides unified support for 32-bit EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers (MCUs) and 8-bit MCUs. The new Simplicity Studio platform also integrates an Eclipse-based integrated development environment (IDE) that supports both 32-bit and 8-bit embedded designs.

Simplicity Studio is designed to give embedded designers using Silabs devices with everything they need to complete their projects, from initial concept to final product. The platform has built-in intelligence to detect the connected target MCU. Graphical hardware configuration tools automatically configure the MCU, freeing the developer from studying technical documentation. Developers can get projects up and running in minutes with sample demos and application code examples.

Simplicity Studio enables Silicon Labs’ MCU customers to develop on both 8- and 32-bit MCUs, without having to learn new software tools. This unified approach saves time and resources for customers needing both 8- and 32-bit MCUs and reduces the learning curve for new projects. Using Simplicity Studio, developers can explore Silicon Labs’ entire MCU portfolio, product options and embedded design solutions. The platform helps developers select the right MCU for their applications, provides integrated links to purchase MCU products and development kits, and offers extensive training materials.

Embedded developers can use the integrated Simplicity IDE to develop and debug their firmware. The IDE supports Eclipse plugins, uses the Eclipse Debugger for C/C++, and supports Keil and Gnu Compiler Collection (GCC) build tools. Silicon Labs also provides 8-bit MCU developers with Keil PK51 build tools at no charge. For customers who prefer the Keil µVision or IAR Embedded Workbench IDE, there is third-party tools support, allowing developers to launch their preferred IDE from inside Simplicity Studio. The package also configures MCU pin-out and peripheral placement and generates the relevant C-code. The configuration tools also automatically resolve pin-out conflicts.

The real-time energy profiling and analysis tools for estimating power consumption and balancing performance and energy efficiency, that already exist for the Gecko MCUs, are included. The energyAware Battery Calculator helps developers estimate current consumption and battery life. Developers can select EFM32 MCU Energy Modes and battery configuration and estimate power consumption before writing any code. The energyAware Profiler analyses current consumption in real-time, identifying areas of code that should be optimised if current draw is too high. Users can access demos, software examples, data sheets, application notes, technical support and community fora. Førre calls it, “…a major leap forward in productivity.”

Silicon Labs; www.silabs.com/simplicity-studio

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