Toshiba also offers a Bluetooth Software Development Kit (SDK) - a complete solution that simplifies the use of Toshiba Bluetooth LSIs and significantly reduces time-to-market. The proven solution – which is available free-of-charge from Toshiba´s developer webpage - supports multiple chipsets and platforms including host-based and standalone BLE systems, SPPover BLE profile, and the BLE + NFC combined functionality. The software API supports BLE GATT server and client as well as the GAP central & peripheral function.
Minimum design effort is required to configure a beacon to work with any of these standards. The designer simply specifies the data format in a data array then makes a single function call to configure the beacon. A standard C++ debugging environment then compiles and runs the SDK code and the beacon is operational. The integration of any available Beacon standard iBeacon™ (Apple), AltBeacon (Radius Networks), EddystoneTM (Google) and more] is easily possible through the combination with Toshiba´s SDK.
About the author:
Heiner Tendyck is Principal Engineer, System LSI Marketing Department - Wireless Solutions, Toshiba Electronics Europe – www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com