Simplicity Studio 5 simplifies IoT development

Simplicity Studio 5 simplifies IoT development

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

An Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) from Silicon Labs, Simplicity Studio now offers the same access and developer experience across a wide range of wireless protocols, all within a central web-style user interface. The latest release of this all-in-one software suite simplifies the development of wireless System-on-Chips (SoCs) and modules, microcontrollers, and other embedded products for IoT devices. Simplicity Studio 5 also provides IoT device developers with the same access, security configuration, and code portability across IoT SoCs and modules, significantly reducing device development time.

“IoT developers face a wide-range of technical challenges, including optimizing for performance, power, size, multiprotocol coexistence, and security,” said Matt Johnson, senior vice president of IoT at Silicon Labs. “They also face business pressures including timelines, certifications, and code reuse. Simplicity Studio 5 is a free, state-of-the-art development platform that addresses these pain points and makes the creation of smart home, commercial, consumer, and industrial applications faster and easier than ever. It is a unification point for all of Silicon Labs’ wireless technologies, and helps developers easily create sophisticated, flexible, multiprotocol products with OpenThread and Bluetooth Dynamic Multiprotocol technologies without having to know every implementation detail.”

Leveraging feedback from customers, employees, and developers, Silicon Labs reengineered the Simplicity Studio platform to address IoT developer pain points and help users of all experience levels get started with fast resource accessibility and the ability to quickly develop, prototype, and deploy connected devices. Simplicity Studio 5 features a modern user interface, optimized workflows, improved performance, and debug and analysis capability to help developers get wireless solutions to market faster.

The IDE is also designed to intelligently recognize all evaluation and development kits released by Silicon Labs and then make appropriate SDKs, tools, and development resources readily available to the user.

Simplicity Studio 5 is scalable. Engineers only need one tool and one environment, which features multiple protocols. Support for additional protocols will be continuously added. This includes support for OpenThread, making it simpler to develop IPv6 based mesh applications and paving the way for future development of Project Connected Home over IP-based devices running on the EFR32 Wireless Gecko from Silicon Labs. 

The IDE features a responsive User Interface (UI) with a completely new web-like look and core improvements that deliver higher performance, industry-standard code editors, compilers, and debuggers. Further, this modern platform is based on latest versions of the C/C++ development tooling and the open source Eclipse platform, enabling use of Eclipse Marketplace plug-ins.

For project configuration new project tools enabled through software component-based SDKs add enhanced levels of software component discoverability, configurability, and dependency management that surpasses competitor tools. A network analyzer simplifies development of mesh networks by collating results across the network, while a power profiler analyzes full power consumption in a device to optimize design and extend battery life.

Advanced security enables state-of-the-art Secure Vault features to help future-proof IoT devices against escalating threats and regulatory requirements. Automatic Board Detection automatically locates device-specific technical documentation and software examples once board is connected. Further, value-add tools such as code-correlated energy profiling, wireless network analysis, and improved debugging eneable designers to speed time to market of advanced applications.

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