MOBILE PROCESSOR COMPANY MediaTek has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit.
The chip firm said that adding HomeKit support will not only mean that many smart home appliances can now be securely controlled from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the MediaTek SoCs, but will allow the chip firm to "take another step in connecting the world's next billion people".
"Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home, and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them," said MediaTek's GM of wireless connectivity and networking business, SR Tsai.
The SDKs support two SoCs, the MT7688 and MT7687. The MT7688 is designed for smart appliances, runs on Linux and powers higher performance, more complex use cases, such as wireless speakers and webcams.
The MT7687 is a low-power WiFi SoC, which enables any home appliance from garage doors, power switches to thermostats, and runs on the FreeRTOS operating system.
Smart appliances refer to appliances that are connected to the internet, and are capable of carrying out their functions through remote control from a smart device, or on their own. As technology advances and prices decrease, smart home appliances are expected to be widely adopted on a global scale, MediaTek said.
As part of the announcement, MediaTek also revealed a number of partnership with a variety of technology companies to push its Internet of Things strategy and "place cutting-edge technology into the hands of every global consumer through an increasingly connected smartphone and home entertainment offering".
The most noteworthy of these partnerships is a deal with Amazon for the latest devices: Amazon Fire TV, which is powered by MediaTek's MT8173, as well as the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, which are powered by the MT8135. µ
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