We all know what can happen when you develop a product that connects to an Apple-based device. If you really hit it big, sales can go through the roof. It's beneficial if you can focus your expertise on developing your third-party application or device, rather than on the interface to the Apple Lightning connector. Cypress Semiconductor has come up with a solution that helps you with that -- it makes connecting to the Lightning interface quite simple.
Designed to operate with the connector on the latest generation iPhone, iPad, and iPod products, the CY8CKIT-033A PSoC 3 MFi (made for iPod/iPhone/iPad) digital-audio development kit for Lightning includes license-free reference hardware, firmware, and iOS app software. The kit gives designers the tools they need to develop MFi digital audio accessories that are fully compatible with Apple’s all-digital Lightning connector. The PSoC 3 ensures bit-perfect audio with minimal external components at multiple sample rates (at standard intervals up to 24-bit audio, at 48kHz or 96kHz sampling rates).
Potential end products could include speaker docks, headphones, and game controllers, as well as music creation devices such as keyboards, mixers, guitar interfaces, microphones, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) controllers, and DJ turntables. However, we know that the best devices are sometimes things that most of us never would have imagined.
The CY8CKIT-033A kit works with any Core Audio or Core MIDI iOS app, including Apple’s GarageBand, and with music-streaming apps like Pandora and Spotify. It comes with Cypress’s EA Console example iOS app, enabling bidirectional communication between apps and accessories attached to an Apple device.
My guess is that other manufacturers will follow suite, but why they couldn't just go the USB-2 route like everyone else is annoying. Still the fact that Apple is sliding in the market may well have to do with their insensitivity to customer's needs.
Yeah funny how they started in a garage and now try and make garage startup as difficult as possible. I mourn the loss of PATA hard drives because you can't easily connect them to a micro controller. USB had that problem too until chips with USB on board became available.
Nice idea for connecting. Now, garage-based entrepreneurs can use this interface to build products that can connect to products made by the largest company in the world -- which itself began in a garage.
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