Exploring new product developments

When the going gets tough, Clarinox steps up. Why Logitech chose Clarinox as their preferred wireless supplier when exploring new markets.

When Logitech started an expedition into new market segments, they began a search for the best wireless supplier to support and fully deliver on their challenging requirements.

The specifications were clear from the onset. The Logitech product was to incorporate a custom CPU and TI WiLink8 chipset for simultaneous Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Development was to take place with uC/OS-III RTOS using the custom SDK, and with the ADS 1.2 toolchain.

These challenging demands fitted perfectly with Clarinox, both in our areas of specialization and our philosophy that “nothing is impossible”. Clarinox worked with Logitech to bring the ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWiFi solutions to the Logitech product. ClarinoxBlue provided the necessary GAP, ATT and GATT profiles and protocols for Bluetooth Low Energy development. ClarinoxWiFi enabled AP, STA and WPS roles for Wi-Fi integration. Both Clarinox products feature encapsulation within an award-winning C / C++ based ClarinoxSoftFrame framework, which allowed these technologies to be used concurrently.

During the design and development phase, Clarinox provided technical support with the use of a binary library code compiled specifically for the Logitech platform. Assistance was provided in the setup of the ADS 1.2 toolchain, on which Clarinox API libraries were built. This was an immensely challenging task; ADS 1.2 was an obsolete toolchain with origins to the early 2000s.

Clarinox was also responsible for the configuration of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers for the platform; the Bluetooth driver was configured over a serial port with HW flow control and the Wi-Fi driver over the SDIO interface. Clarinox developed a custom GATT profile specifically for Logitech’s requirements and a Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi end-application was delivered.

With the dedicated team of software engineers, Clarinox ensured the delivery to the Logitech specifications. As Logitech’s Head of Technology – Seed’s Initiatives, Aron Rosenberg, puts it: “I was pleased with the porting work, the communication and the relationship – and would be very happy to work with Clarinox again.”

Target Platform Specification

  • Custom CPU
  • uC/OS-III RTOS
  • Bluetooth / Wi-Fi chipset / module: Murata TI WiLink8 based module
  • Tool chain: ADS 1.2

Clarinox Products

  • ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth Low Energy GAP, ATT, GATT
  • ClarinoxWiFi AP, STA, WPS
  • Clarinox provided application and BSP and Clarinox sample applications
  • ClarinoxSoftFrame

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Logitech

This 2 billion USD household name is a global provider of personal computer and tablets accessories with EMEA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and American headquarters in Newark, California. The company develops and markets products like peripheral devices for PCs, including keyboards, mice, trackballs, microphones, game controllers and webcams. Logitech also makes home and computer speakers, headphones, wireless audio devices, as well as audio devices for MP3 players and mobile phones. More recently, the company has begun making keyboards and covers for tablets.

Clarinox

Clarinox Technologies Pty Ltd provides robust and proven Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi protocol stacks. The Clarinox solution handles complex usage scenarios. This includes simultaneous profiles and roles across a wide range of target platforms as well as simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. This is enhanced by advanced debug tools to speed up embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi developments. With 15 years of experience in short range wireless, the Clarinox team is the ideal partner to simplify embedded wireless.