Dialog Semiconductor plc announced its support for WeChat’s communications protocol, with the launch of Dialog’s WeChat SDK. The kit enables developers to quickly add energy-efficient Bluetooth connectivity between WeChat apps and wearables or other IoT devices. WeChat is now the world’s largest stand-alone messaging app with an estimated 600 million users at the end of Q2/2015, according to analyst Statista. Its dramatic growth, both in China and other countries, is due in part to the many third-party apps that have been developed, making WeChat much more than just a messaging platform.
Dialog’s development kit is available now and includes a protocol stack for the WeChat communication layer. The SDK is based on the DA1458x family of SmartBond(TM) SoCs (System-on-Chip) and enables developers to reduce the overall development time for connecting their products wirelessly to WeChat apps. WeChat users can then control wearable devices via the app and share information with friends over the platform.
“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.”
DA1458x SoCs are highly integrated devices that combine a Bluetooth low energy radio with an ARM(R) Cortex(R)-M0 application processor. Intelligent power management circuitry is included and processor resources can be accessed via 32 GPIOs. This facilitates the development of fully hosted applications. The devices can be as small as 2.5 x 2.5 mm (WLCSP package) and they offer the lowest power consumption for Bluetooth Smart devices in production today, maximising battery life in every application. Peak current is less than 5mA.
SmartBond WeChat software development kit enables efficient coding, thanks to the optimised power profiler. It comes with the company’s SmartSnippets(TM) software development environment, which is based on Keil(TM) µVision tools.
Full details of the SDK are available at Dialog’s SmartBond support website http://support.dialog-semiconductor.com.
About Dialog Semiconductor
Dialog Semiconductor provides highly integrated standard (ASSP) and custom (ASIC) mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimised for Smartphone, Tablet, Internet of Things (IoT), LED Solid State Lighting (SSL) and Smart Home applications. Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs while providing flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model and is a socially responsible employer pursuing many programs to benefit the employees, community, other stakeholders and the environment we operate in.
Dialog’s power saving technologies including DC-DC configurable system power management deliver high efficiency and enhance the consumer’s user experience by extending battery lifetime and enabling faster charging of their portable devices. Its technology portfolio also includes audio, Bluetooth(R) Smart, Rapid Charge(TM) AC/DC power conversion and multi-touch.
Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered in London with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2014, it had approximately $1.16 billion in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 1,500 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (XETRA: DLG) stock exchange (Regulated Market, Prime Standard, ISIN GB0059822006) and is a member of the German TecDax index.