Wi-Fi development made even easier with Internet-on-a-chip modules

18-02-2015 | Texas Instruments | Design & Manufacture

Availability of its new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 modules for Internet of Things (IoT) applications has been announced by Texas Instruments (TI). The SimpleLink family is a low-power platform to simplify the ability to connect IoT solutions. Developers gain additional design flexibility with a certified Internet-on-a-chip module option, allowing easy integration of embedded Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity into a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics. Using modules helps developers lower development costs, reduces time to market, and simplifies procurement and certification. Additionally, the modules have complete antenna reference designs for streamlined integration.

For more information on the platform, visit www.ti.com/simplelinkwifi.

Features include :
1 - Faster time to market and greater assurance of interoperability as the modules are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED and FCC/IC/CE/TELEC certified, which can be transferred to end products.
2 - Flexibility to program applications using any microcontroller (MCU) with the CC3100 solution, or leverage the CC3200’s integrated, user-dedicated, programmable ARM Cortex-M4 MCU, allowing customers to run their own code on-chip.
3 - The industry’s lowest power consumption for battery operated devices with a low power radio and advanced low power modes supporting the ability to run on two AA batteries for more than a year.
4 - Simplified development for the IoT with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip Wi-Fi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior Wi-Fi experience to get a product connected.
5 - The ability to simply and securely connect devices to a Wi-Fi access point (AP) using a phone or tablet app, or a web browser, with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.

To jump start Wi-Fi development, TI now offers module versions of the CC3100 BoosterPack and the CC3200 LaunchPad, in addition to the chip based-kits it launched earlier this year.

Developers have access to a complete support platform through the CC3100 and CC3200 wiki. The wiki offers details on how to get started, hardware design information, software examples and details, test and certification tips as well as community support resources. Also, the TI E2E community provides a forum to get technical support for this solution.

Additionally, the SimpleLink Wi-Fi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI’s IoT cloud ecosystem members, says the company.

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