Xiaomi unveils next generation smart home device designs

The Chinese electronics maker has partnered with Marvell to extend the functionality of its smart home appliance range.

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Xiaomi has revealed new designs for Internet of Things (IoT) devices based on Marvell chipsets.

Announced on Monday and showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Chinese tech giant -- known as a dominant smartphone designer in China and producer of low-end handsets -- said it has launched a new smart module built on the Marvell IoT chipset.

Integrated within Xiaomi's smart air purifier and smart hub, part of its portfolio of smart home product offerings, the new design aims to boost Xiaomi's Internet of Things (IoT) product range by extending devices with improvements and upgrades. The new module, based on Marvell's processor designs, supports multiple IoT functions including power on device detect, firmware upgrades, network reliability and consistency maintenance of the connection status indication.

Xiaomi hopes the new design, which also integrates Wi-Fi connections and communication protocols with Xiaomi Cloud, will "enable third-party manufacturers to upgrade to smart devices from traditional devices."

Smart home products designed by the Chinese company include an Air Purifier which alerts users to air quality, filter replacement notification and abnormal reading alerts, as well as a Smart Hub which connects up Xiaomi body, door and window sensors.

"I am very pleased with our collaboration with Xiaomi in launching a new series of Smart Home devices for the vast consumer base inChina. Smart Home is an integral part of the fast-growing Internet of Things market," said Weili Dai, president and co-founder of Marvell. "I am very proud that Marvell is leading the industry with the broadest technology portfolio and end-to-end silicon and software solutions. With our continued collaboration with top global ecosystem partners such as Xiaomi, we are committed to bringing the benefit of IoT technologies to billions of consumers around the world."

Marvell's IoT platforms feature Cortex-M3 microcontrollers (88MC200) and 802.11n wireless radio (88W8801), as well as the firm's EZ-Connect Software SDK. Marvell says the software development kit enabled its partner to "rapidly develop" smart home devices, and has propelled Xiaomi's plans to create a complete smart home ecosystem further.

KK Wong, vice president and co-founder of Xiaomi said in prepared remarks:

"Our continued collaboration with Marvell ensures China's consumers will benefit from innovations for the Connected Smart Home. Marvell's innovative end-to-end, field-proven IoT platforms have helped us accelerate our product development. Given the growing demand for simplified smart home automation, we're confident Marvell provides hardware solutions to further the development of our smart home portfolio, making for a smarter, more connected consumer experience."

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