MikroElektronika has launched WiFi 8 Click, a compact add-on peripheral board that offers Microchip’s ATWINC3400-MR210CA Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0-certified module optimised for low power and high-performance mobile applications. WiFi 8 Click joins 15 other Wi-Fi clicks offered from the company, and the complete number of Click peripheral development boards offered by the company is now well over 1000.
Nebojsa Matic, CEO at MIKROE explains why so many Wi-Fi Click variants are available: “Wireless communication is essential for all aspects of life today. Yet different environments and applications require different Wi-Fi chips and modules. If you have a Wi-Fi router connected to a fixed broadband line, Liechtenstein has the fastest Wi-Fi speeds in the world at 229.98 Mbps, according to Cable.co.uk data. Even on Everest, there is Wi-Fi, at least at base camp. Whatever the need, bringing mobility and internet to your design is just a Click away.”
The Wi-Fi 8 Click board suits highly integrated and cost-effective applications, industrial wireless control, Bluetooth gateway, smart home applications, and much more. The module is supplied with integrated power and low-noise amplifiers, transmit/receive switch (for WiFi and Bluetooth), a power management unit, an integrated 2.4GHz chip antenna, and an extra 32.768kHz clock for Sleep operation. It employs highly optimised IEEE 802.11 Bluetooth coexistence protocols and offers Serial Peripheral Interface to interface with the host controller.
The boards are supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, including functions that simplify software development. Click boards offer the standard 16-pin mikroBUS socket, which was invented by the company ten years ago. This standardised approach allows design engineers to alter peripherals easily, cutting months off development time.