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Certified Embedded Wi-Fi® Transceiver Modules with Easier API Interface to PIC® Microcontrollers

Wed, 06/09/2010 - 9:33am
Microchip Technology Inc. announces its next-generation, agency-certified MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi® transceiver modules. The IEEE 802.11 module firmware has an easy-to-use API driver interface to Microchip’s free TCP/IP Protocol stack and 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC® microcontrollers.

Embedded designers are increasingly leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure to enable wireless communication in a broad range of remote monitoring and control, and machine-to-machine applications, such as smart-energy monitors. Microchip’s low-power MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules enable the “Internet of Things” by removing the complexity and cost of developing RF circuitry and obtaining agency certification.

Additionally, Microchip has improved its free TCP/IP stack, and offers free EZconfig and ZeroConfig utility protocols, to make commissioning and configuring Wi-Fi networks easy.

Microchip created the MRF24WB0MA PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164136-4, $59.99) to enable development with the new Wi-Fi module. This daughter board plugs into the Explorer 16 and PICDEM.net™ 2 boards to allow easy, modular development with hundreds of 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, as well as the dsPIC® DSCs. All of these tools are available today at http://www.microchip.com/get/NNET

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