Network processor eases embedded Wi-Fi connectivity

Texas Instruments (TI) recently unveiled the SimpleLink product family of wireless connectivity technologies for low-power, low-cost embedded applications. The most noticeable product is the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000, a self-contained 802.11 network processor that enables designers to add Wi-Fi to any device, even those powered by microcontrollers without operating systems, such as dishwashers, toasters, refrigerators, thermostats, and factory automation equipment.

The module supports TI’s First Time Config technology, al-lowing easy pairing to 802.11 access points without the need for a display or user interface. The self-contained, RF-certified module is easily added to a PCB and provides RF compliance for regulations in the United States, Canada, and Europe (FCC, IC, and ETSI). SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 modules are sampling now and have been released to production. The Sim-pleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 FRAM evaluation module kit is avail-able for $199 through authorized distributors.