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WiFi module targets smart, cloud-based devices

Posted: 16 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi module? networking support? wireless connectivity? connect appliance?

Broadcom Corp. has introduced its new module that simplifies the development of WiFi connectivity in consumer devices. The Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) (pronounced 'wik-id') can implement WiFi on devices even those without previous networking support.

The WiFi module features the Broadcom BCM4319 wireless LAN MAC/baseband/radio, includes an embedded processor, and unique 'self-hosted' WiFi networking library and software application stack. This allows manufacturers to easily integrate wireless connectivity into any MCU-based consumer product. WICED-based modules enable the addition of secure, interoperable WiFi functionality via a simple serial port using a basic command set that does not require any significant changes in product MCU architectures, stated the company.

The WICED platform enables WiFi in several emerging markets including connected appliances, smart energy systems, and cloud-based health and home management services.

When WICED is integrated into appliances such as washing machines and air conditioners, users can monitor energy consumption and control the products either at home or remotely. They can also be easily designed into portable CEs such as digital cameras and audio products for file sharing and access to Internet-based storage and applications. Because of its low power and small size, WICED solutions can be built into sensors and monitors for remote and cloud-based healthcare, fitness and security capabilities.

Modules based on Broadcom's WICED platform are now shipping to top tier appliance OEMs and makers of monitoring and control electronics.

WICED offers a complete development kit with software debugger, compiler and test board. Its software development and applications library with an innovative API reduces development complexity required to access and use advanced WiFi capabilities, claimed Broadcom. The serial-to-WiFi API enables high-speed TCP/IP throughput of greater than 20Mbit/s that enables advanced applications and support for key I/O interfaces including USB, UART, SPI and SDIO. It also touts built-in support for WiFi Direct and WiFi Protected Set-up.

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