Development platform for Bluetooth products

Paul Boughton
Cambridge Consultants is launching DEVA, which it describes as "the most comprehensive development platform for the rapid development of highly differentiated Bluetooth products and mobile accessories." This versatile, general-purpose platform enables electronics and software engineers to prototype and test accessory products that deliver new features for users before committing to final product hardware. By accessing the full power of the BlueCore-5-Multimedia device from Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), it enables the development of highly differentiated products that maintain very low product cost. Cambridge Consultants will be demonstrating DEVA at this year's MWC show in Barcelona 15 – 18 February 2010 (Stand 1D62, Hall 1).
DEVA can be used to develop a range of Bluetooth products - from mobile telephone accessories and headsets, including for Apple's iPhone, to wireless payment systems, industrial remote control devices, sports activity monitors or telehealth sensors that can be compliant with the Continua Health Alliance's guidelines.
Cambridge Consultants says that the DEVA platform has been optimised to work with all of its existing software tools and libraries, including their generic Bluetooth tool, xIDE for Interface Express, the Continua-compliant wireless health platform, VENA, and the internet service accessory platform, Catchnet. DEVA can also be used with CSR's Bluelab development suite.
DEVA provides developers with access to the comprehensive features and processing power of CSR's BlueCore-5-multimedia chip. It includes a 128x128 monochrome LCD display, three user-interface buttons and LEDs so rich user interfaces can be developed. With USB, serial and MicroSD interfaces for data integration, a range of GPIO, and both digital and analogue stereo audio connection, DEVA can support development of complex products that have the lowest possible cost in their final manufactured form. Being battery-powered, DEVA provides a completely wireless experience.
Tim Fowler, commercial director at Cambridge Consultants, comments: "DEVA has been designed to provide a comprehensive environment for development of sophisticated Bluetooth products. Not only does it speed the development of new versions of established Bluetooth products such as headsets with added capabilities, but it is also enabling the rapid development of new devices in many more diverse markets - medical applications are one example. We have utilised our extensive experience in this market to deliver a development platform that gives designers a real head start in creating truly differentiated products."
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