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Dialog Semiconductor Simplifies Smart Home Device Creation with New Apple HomeKit Bluetooth(R) Development Kit for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 (news with additional features)

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dialog Semiconductor plc (XETRA:DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth(R) low energy (LE) technology, today announced the availability of its latest Apple HomeKit development kit, to reduce the time-to-market and increase functionality of smart home and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

With the recent introduction of iOS 10, Apple HomeKit is now an integral part of iOS, including its dedicated app that creates an enhanced user experience. The Apple Home app is compatible not just with iPhone, but is also optimized for iPad and the Apple Watch running watchOS 3. With the app, an Apple TV or iPad can easily act as a smart home hub, enabling home control from anywhere.

Dialog's second-generation kit supports all current HomeKit Accessory Profiles within Apple's updated IoT platform. The kit itself is built on Dialog's SmartBond(TM) DA14681 System-on-Chip (SoC), the most integrated single chip solution that is purpose-built for IoT development, providing connectivity to a variety of battery-powered devices. It is the first SoC on the market with dedicated hardware acceleration for HomeKit security operations which ensures end-to-end application encryption, safeguarding personal information in transit.

"Our new development kit lowers the barriers for smart home device development," said Sean McGrath, SVP and GM Connectivity Business Group, Dialog Semiconductor. "Beyond the simplicity of the highly integrated connectivity SoC at the heart of the kit, its fastest response times create the...