Realtek Introduces Ameba & iCOM IoT Solutions with Full Support for Apple HomeKit


HSINCHU, Taiwan – 4 June 2015 — Realtek Semiconductor Corp., one of the world’s leading IC providers, today announced its Ameba and iCOM IoT solutions with full support for Apple’s HomeKit. Realtek offers total HomeKit solutions with Ameba (RTL8711 series) and iCOM (RTL8196/8188 series) that can be easily implemented into various IoT platform designs, e.g. smart plug, smart home appliances, home security systems, and smart sensor/lighting devices.
HomeKit offers a set of common protocols making it easier for customers to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or third-party apps. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and HomeKit-enabled accessory.

The Ameba solution is a low power design and is perfect for battery-powered appliances. Ameba features a high-performance CPU (ARM Cortex-M3) and embedded memory. It provides complete networking and Wi-Fi protocols, hardware SSL engine, and various serial ports including UART, I2C, SPI, and PWM. Ameba also integrates with ADC, DAC, high-speed SDIO, and USB to directly control analog-type sensors or devices. For connectivity, Ameba provides software support for Apple Wireless Accessory Configuration (WAC).

iCOM is a Linux-based miniature module field-proven solution featuring embedded DRAM. It supports full implementation of the HomeKit framework, and offers multiple interfaces for easy development of innovative IoT applications.

“Realtek’s expertise in wireless technologies, SoC (System on Chip), and dedicated technical support allows us to provide ultra-low-power, highly-integrated, and high-performance products that give our customers access to the full potential of their products”, said Realtek’s Vice President and Spokesman, Yee-Wei Huang. “We are excited to be among the first in Asia to bring full HomeKit support to our IoT solutions and see HomeKit as a game changer for the connected home industry."

Realtek’s IoT SDK will soon be available in the market for MFi licensees to purchase through authorized distributors on-line.

About Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers. Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral, and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, IoT Solutions, High Fidelity Audio Solutions for Mobile and PC Applications, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, Web Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Home Center Controllers. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on our website:

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