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Wavecom unveils wireless microprocessor

Posted: 31 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wavecom? wireless microprocessor? Open AT?

Wavecom SA has announced the launch of the first in a family of wireless microprocessors with built-in wireless communications capability. The company said the devices combine high-performance embedded processing and wireless connectivity in a single surface mount component.

In combination with Wavecom's Open AT software suite, the new devices are said to provide the lowest total cost of ownership for any industrial wireless machine by reducing the overall number of components and shortening time-to-market. According to Wavecom, Open AT software allow developers to easily create machine-to-machine applications in C-language that can also be maintained remotely, over-the-air, throughout their lifetime. Open AT OS also allows developers to execute their program natively, without the need to interpret code, requiring a minimum memory footprint and processor resource overhead.

"With the introduction of our Wireless Microprocessor, we continue to demonstrate our capacity to innovate and set new standards for addressing the industrial wireless market," said Wavecom CEO Ron Black in a statement. "We've come a long way from our simple bit-pipe modems in the early days of industrial wireless technologyour products have evolved to powerful, programmable processors packed with sophisticated software dedicated to embedded applications."

Wavecom's first product in its wireless microprocessor family has an ARM 946 core. Via Open AT Software, this real-time processor core promises programmable power consumption modes that provide developers the ultimate flexibility in both battery consumption and processing power scalability.

The Open AT integrated development environment allow developers access to central application processing, integrated cellular voice, data, wireless Internet connectivity, and numerous external interfaces for processor interrupts and connection to a wide range of peripherals such as USB, RS232, GPIO, parallel port, SPI, I2C, ADC, keyboard, analog and digital audio. They can also integrate companion technologies such as Bluetooth and GPS by using one of the standard external busses, further reducing overall costs.

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