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Kolila launches Mac OS X DFU Tools

Kolila launches Mac OS X DFU Tools to support Device Firmware Upgrade of CSR BlueCore® devices over USB from Apple Mac computers

4th Oct 2012, Cambridge, UK

Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) is an industry-standard way of updating the software contained within an embedded device. The DFU software update process is typically driven by a PC with the embedded device connected via USB.

CSR plc have long supported DFU for their BlueCore® range of Bluetooth® chipsets. However, CSR only make DFU tools available for Microsoft Windows computers. Kolila are now able to offer equivalent DFU tools for Apple’s Mac OS X based computers.

Kolila’s Mac OS X DFU Tools are designed to allow 3rd party companies to embedded support for DFU-over-USB into their own Mac OS X applications. The tools consist of:

  • a USB DFU driver
  • a DFU library
  • an example application that demonstrates how to use the driver and library
  • source code for the example application
  • documentation explaining the use of the driver and library

A compiled version of the example application can be provided to interested parties on request.

Features of the Kolila Tools include:

  • Allows the on-chip software of BlueCore-based products to be updated from an Apple Mac
  • Compatible with all Flash-based BlueCore chips that expose a USB DFU interface
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.5, 10.7.4 and 10.8
  • Includes a USB device driver, DFU library and example application (with source code)
  • Utilises Cocoa API

Benefits of the Kolila Tools include:

  • Easy to integrate into your custom Mac OS X applications
  • Provides an easy-to-use software upgrade process for your customers
  • Developed and supported by a very experienced team of BlueCore experts

The Kolila Mac OS X SFU Tools are available now through license from Kolila Consulting Ltd. Further information can be found on the Kolila website at http://kolilaconsulting.co.uk/technologies/mac-os-x-dfu-tools/

About Kolila

Kolila Consulting is a Cambridge, UK, based company that provides hardware and software design services in low power wireless technologies such as Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Smart®, Zigbee®, Wi-Fi® and UWB. Kolila were established in 2008 and since then have served small and large companies with low power wireless design consultancy to bring innovative products successfully to market.

Email: info@kolilaconsulting.co.uk, Website: kolilaconsulting.co.uk , Tel: +44 (0)1223 750 140.

Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logos are trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and licensed to Kolila Consulting.
Wi-Fi® is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Other products, services and names used in this document may have been trademarked by their respective owners.

Andy Brown joins Kolila

Kolila Consulting Ltd are pleased to announce that Andy Brown has joined the company as a full-time Programme Manager. This appointment strengthens the Kolila team by enabling us to put a stronger focus on project management.

Andy brings with him a wealth of experience of programme management and hands on embedded software design gained at a variety of small and medium size companies. He has particular experience of software and product design for low cost high volume products manufactured in the Far East. In his most recent role prior to joining Kolila, Andy was Programme Manager at CSR with responsibility for managing the relationship with Nokia‘s Bluetooth headset division. This entailed co-ordinating multiple product development projects undertaken at sites in the UK and Europe and at Far Eastern ODMs. Technical issues included software and hardware development, test, and product approvals. This relationship was responsible for a significant proportion of CSR’s Bluecore chip sales and has made a considerable contribution to CSR’s success.

At Kolila, Andy will be responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of all new projects. He will work closely with our customers to define the requirements and specifications for these projects, and will be responsible for managing the ongoing relationships between Kolila and our customers and suppliers.

Startup Weekend – Results

The first Cambridge Start-up Weekend proved to be a great success!

More than 90 delegates took part and 45 innovative ideas were pitched, of those 17 went forward to be developed further.

The standard of entries was so high that the judging panel decided to create an additional prize for ‘Social Enterprise’.

The overall winners were Lessonista (http://www.lessonista.com/) an on-line resource sharing tool for English literature teachers.

Details of the other teams & products that were short-listed can be found here…

http://cambridge.startupweekend.org/

and here…

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Property-locator-app-scoops-Startup-prize.htm

Kolila are looking forward to being part of the next Cambridge Start-up event!

Startup Weekend – Cambridge

Cambridge Start-up Weekend, the first event of its kind to be held in Cambridge, is taking place on 11-13 March at St Johns Innovation Centre.

The aim of this intense, 3 day event is to bring talented people together in teams to exchange ideas and skills, with a view to building a web or mobile application, which could form the basis of a credible business.

A panel of judges, from many local businesses, will decide on the winning team.

The winning team will then have the chance to be coached by, and pitch to the Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investor network.

There are specialist awards for innovative healthcare and wireless related projects.

Kolila’s CEO, Simon Kingston is supporting this event by being a mentor, and offering his expertise in the wireless sector to help teams bring their skills and ideas together. There will be a special award, sponsored by Business Weekly, for the best wireless idea generated at the event. The winners of which will receive additional mentoring and support.

For more information about this event and how to buy tickets visit…

http://cambridge.startupweekend.org/ or http://www.camtechnet.info/

Mobile World Congress 2011

This month Barcelona played host to the Mobile World Congress 2011.

Rob from Kolila attended the event where nearly 1400 companies showcased their organisations, exhibiting new and emerging products from phones, tablets, mobile accessories and applications to innovative new mobile technologies.

With a record 60,000 visitors from 200 countries, outstanding and creative exhibits and keynote speakers from some of the industry’s leading organisations, the event was sure to be a success.

What’s New

Most talked about at the event were Samsung, who announced the launch of their new Galaxy S II smart phone, and Google’s Android platform.

Also being discussed extensively throughout the event was the introduction of Near Field Communications (NFC), many world leading operators have expressed their commitment to implementing this technology and launching commercial services by 2012.

NFC can be used in a whole range of exciting and innovative services and applications for consumers, such as a mechanism for making payments, mobile ticketing and information exchange, as well as access control to offices, cars, homes and hotels.  The market potential for this type of product is quite significant.

Certification and testing standards for NFC will be developed by GSMA to ensure global interoperability of services.


For Kolila the Mobile World Congress was a great opportunity to network with new contacts and meet up with existing clients to brainstorm innovative ideas for new and exciting wireless products for the future.

Mobile World Congress 2012 will also be held in Barcelona.

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