Silicon Labs' latest update to its Simplicity Studio software represents a significant redesign of the software infrastructure, making the development tools faster to download and easier to install and use, while its more intuitive user interface improves the overall developer experience.

As the industry's most comprehensive software tool set for Internet of Things (IoT) connected device applications, Simplicity Studio broadly supports 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, multiprotocol and multiband wireless SoCs and fixed-function devices, according to the company.

Simplicity Studio simplifies the IoT development process with one-click access to everything developers need to complete their projects using an integrated development environment (IDE) based on Eclipse 4.5. Simplicity Studio includes a powerful suite of tools for energy profiling, configuration and wireless network analysis, as well as demos, software examples, complete documentation, technical support and community forums.

Silicon Labs has enhanced Simplicity Studio to provide more intuitive content and document navigation. Developers can now engage Simplicity Studio from a device or solution perspective. A developer can click on a pre-defined solution, such as a wearable device, and Simplicity Studio will automatically set its context to the key components comprising the solution, such as an EFM32 MCU, a Bluetooth module and an optical sensor.

The latest version of Simplicity Studio supports the following Silicon Labs IoT products: Multiprotocol and multiband Wireless Gecko SoCs, Bluetooth modules, EFM32 Gecko MCU family, EFM8 MCU family and other 8-bit MCUs, Xpress fixed-function devices, EZR32 sub-GHz wireless MCUs and EM35xx mesh networking SoCs.