Dialog Semiconductor supports WeChat protocol for wearables

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Dialog Semiconductor's latest SmartBond development kit now includes profile support for WeChat's communication protocol.

The support for WeChat's protocol was announced with the launch of the company's WeChat SDK, which enables developers to add Bluetooth connectivity between wearables and WeChat apps or other IoT devices.

“Dialog is committed to supporting our customers’ continued growth and innovation into exciting new products and markets across all major IoT platforms”, said Sean McGrath, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. “WeChat worked closely with us to create a reliable and robust protocol stack that is already being enthusiastically received by the embedded developer community.”

WeChat has now become the biggest standalone messaging app in the world, with around 600 million users by the end of the second quarter of 2015 according to Statista. Its growth in China and other countries is largely due to several third-party apps that have been developed to make WeChat more than a simple messaging platform.

Dialog's SDK is now available and includes a protocol stack for WeChat communication. It is based on the DA1458x SmartBond System-on-Chip (SoC) family and allows developers to lower the development time to connect their products to WeChat apps. Communication with WeChat will enable app users to control wearable devices and share information over the platform.

DA1458x SoC devices combine an ARM Cortex-M0 application processor and a Bluetooth low-energy radio, with intelligent power management circuitry included. A total of 32 GPIOs can be used to access processor resources, which helps in developing fully-hosted applications. The devices can be as small as 2.5x2.5mm, and they have the lowers power consumption yet for Bluetooth smart devices currently in production.

The SmartBond WeChat SDK uses an optimised power profiler for efficient coding and comes with the company's SmartSnippets software development environment based on Keil µVision tools.

You can find out more information and grab the SDK from here.

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