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Atmel takes on IoT with MCU, Wi-Fi module

Posted: 10 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi? MCU? IoT? Atmel? connectivity?

Atmel Corp. has introduced its Atmel|SMART product line of ARM-based MCUs, as well as modules enabling Wi-Fi connectivity for IoT applications.

The Atmel|SMART MCUs combine 32bit ARM cores with low-power technology and intelligent peripherals. They are designed to optimise system control, user interface management, and ease of use. The MCUs are available in densities ranging from 8KB of Flash and 4KB of SRAM, to 2MB of Flash and 160KB of SRAM, and operating in frequencies up to 120MHz.

The MCUs feature direct memory access and memory implementations, which enable high-speed data transfers while freeing the processor for the application. The Atmel QTouch capacitive touch technology enables "touch-ready" capability, while a serial communication module is fully software-configurable to handle I2C, USART/UART and SPI communications to enhance interface flexibility.

Atmel SAM D

The SAM D series Atmel|Smart MCU block diagram. Source: Atmel

As part of the Atmel|SMART product offering, the SAM W23 module provides a platform for designers seeking to integrate Wi-Fi connectivity even with limited experience with IEEE802.11, RTOS, IP Stack or RF. These modules are based on the company's ultra-low-power Wi-Fi SoC combined with the MCUs.

"With the increasing demand for extended battery life and greater connectivity, the SAM W23 eliminates the complexities associated with using traditional Wi-Fi solutions with an ease of use ideal for a vast range of industrial and consumer markets," said Kaivan Karimi, vice president and general manager of the wireless microcontroller business unit at Atmel. "Whether you are a OEM, a developer or a maker, the SAM W23 paired with our broad portfolio of MCUs enables you to accelerate your development of IoT products, providing increased seamless connectivity with a whole new world of device use cases."

The SAM W23 is available both as a fully certified module, as well as a reference design kit for OEMS to build modules based on the SAM W23 chipset. Developers can use the SAM W23 platform as a stand-alone system or as an add-on solution to enable Wi-Fi connectivity in an existing design.

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