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    Both Broadcom and Texas Instruments recently started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware. This signifies the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should be hitting the store shelves soon. The companies are two of the three certified HomeKit chipmakers, confirmed by Forbes, that supporting silicon is being supplied to third-party device makers. To be considered a certified HomeKit device and take advantage of branding, manufacturers need to buy wireless chips from Apple partners, Broadcom, Marvell, or Texas Instruments.

    According to Broadcom’s senior director of embedded wireless in the mobile and wireless group, Brian Bedrosian:

    Everyone's getting ready. Expect to see new product launches in the next cycle of product releases.
    Broadcom is specifically shipping HomeKit chips to “smart home” device makers for use in lighting, air conditioning, camera and door lock products. Although the exact part number wasn’t reported, the firm’s chip is said to support both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality. It was noted that Apple is still working on HomeKit but products using the protocol will be able to easily update their firmware once the specification is finalized.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple unveiled HomeKit at WWDC. HomeKit is a framework within iOS 8 that allows iPhone and iPad users to communicate with and control products in a connected home ecosystem. Both developers and manufacturers can build in support for task macros or groups of actions and even go as far as invoking device functions using Siri.

    Since the compatible chips are now flowing out to manufacturers, consumers should see an initial wave of HomeKit-enabled hardware in store shelves soon.

    Source: Forbes

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    2014-11-04 04:30 AM
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