WiFi modules simplify secure IoT development

18th February 2015
Barney Scott

Texas Instruments' SimpleLink family was introduced earlier this year as a low-power platform to simplify the ability to connect IoT solutions. Developers can gain additional design flexibility with a certified Internet-on-a-chip module option, as TI has added to the family, announcing the availability of its SimpleLink WiFi CC3100 and CC3200 modules for IoT applications.

Allowing easy integration of embedded WiFi and Internet connectivity into a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics, the modules help lower development costs, reduce time to market and simplify procurement and certification. Additionally, the modules have complete antenna reference designs for streamlined integration.

Designing with TI’s SimpleLink WiFi platform provides an array of benefits to developers. Faster time to market and greater assurance of interoperability come as the modules are WiFi and FCC/IC/CE/TELEC certified, which can be transferred to end products. Designers can enjoy the flexibility to programme applications using any 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.

TI says the SimpleLink platform provides 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. Development for the IoT is simplified with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip WiFi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior WiFi experience to get a product connected. The ability to simply and securely connect devices to a WiFi AP using a phone or tablet app, or a web browser, is provided with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.

To jump start WiFi development, TI offers module versions of the CC3100 BoosterPack and the CC3200 LaunchPad, in addition to the chip based-kits that were 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 WiFi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI’s IoT cloud ecosystem members.

SimpleLink WiFi CC3200 modules (CC3200MOD) and CC3100 modules (CC3100MOD) are available now from the TI Store as part of TI’s sample programme. The CC3200 module is available for $19.99 per 1,000 units, whilst the CC3100 is available for $14.99 per 1,000 units. Additionally, the CC3200 module LaunchPad (CC3200MODLAUNCHXL) and CC3100 module BoosterPack (CC3100MODBOOST) are available now for $59.99 and $49.99, respectively.

TI’s SimpleLink portfolio of low power wireless connectivity solutions - wireless MCUs, WNPs, RF transceivers and range extenders for the broad embedded market - makes it easier to develop and connect anything to the IoT. Spanning over 14 standards and technologies including WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, Sub-1 GHz and 6LoWPAN, SimpleLink products help manufacturers add wireless connectivity to anything, to any design, for anyone.

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