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Atmel extends wireless portfolio for IoT, industrial markets

Posted: 24 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Atmel? WiFi SoC? MCU? Internet of Things? wireless connectivity?

Atmel Corp. has expanded its SmartConnect wireless line-up with two turn-key SoCs and four modules featuring these SoCs. The WILC1000 and WINC1500 SoCs extend its broad portfolio of wireless connectivity options with the latest 802.11b/g/n WiFi capability, seamlessly integrating Newport Media's (NMI) solutions in just two months, stated the company.

Both wireless solutions are compatible to existing Atmel MCU solutions and can connect to any Atmel AVR or Atmel | SMART MCUs. The WINC1500 is an IEEE 802.11b/g/n IoT network controller, while the WILC1000 is an IEEE 802.11b/g/n IoT link controller.

Expanding on Atmel's WiFi offering, the WILC1000 and WINC1500 are SoC solutions optimised for battery-powered IoT applications. These wireless SoCs feature fully integrated power amplifiers for the industry's best communication range, without compromising cost or performance. Both the WILC1000 and WINC1500 are add-on solutions that can connect to any Atmel MCU or eMPU targeting a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT), consumer and industrial applications. Both products are available either as fully-certified modules ready for production to accelerate a designer's time-to-market or as discrete SoCs for customers requiring the highest design flexibility.

Atmel's SmartConnect family can be connected to any ultra-low power MCUs or eMPUs and wireless connectivity solutions into an easy, turnkey IoT solution. SmartConnect WiFi solutions enable WiFi internet connectivity using ultra-low power for IoT edge/sensing nodes markets, reducing overall BOM. SmartConnect solutions accelerate development time for cost-effective, battery-operated applications in the residential, healthcare, industrial, smart energy and wearable markets.

The WILC1000 and WINC1500 provide multiple peripheral interfaces including UART, SPI, SDIO and I2C. The only external clock source needed is a high-speed crystal or oscillator with a variety of reference clock frequencies supported (between 12-50MHz) and are IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, RF, Baseband, MAC certified.

The WILC1000 is available as a chip and three different modules. The WINC1500 is available as a chip and a module, with an evaluation kit, featuring Atmel's SAMD21 MCU.

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