Today Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) introduced its new SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3100 and CC3200 platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family is the first in a series of new easy, low power SimpleLink wireless connectivity solutions for the IoT. With a QFN package and fully integrated RF and analog, the CC3100 and CC3200 allow developers to create a low cost, compact and easy to use system by placing the device directly on a PCB. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi family comes with cloud connectivity support through TI’s IoT cloud ecosystem members. TI also provides various kits and software tools, a certified TI module (coming soon), reference designs, sample applications, development documentation, and TI E2E™ community support.
This new Internet-on-a-chip family allows customers to easily add embedded Wi-Fi and Internet to a wide-range of home, industrial and consumer electronics through features including: The industry’s lowest power consumption for battery operated devices with a low power radio and advanced low power modes. Flexibility to use any microcontroller (MCU) with the CC3100 solution or leverage the CC3200’s integrated programmable ARM(®) Cortex(®)-M4 MCU, allowing customers to add their own code. Easy development for the IoT with quick connection, cloud support and on-chip Wi-Fi, Internet and robust security protocols, requiring no prior Wi-Fi experience to get a product connected. The ability to simply and securely connect their devices to Wi-Fi using a phone or tablet app or a web browser with multiple provisioning options including SmartConfig Technology, WPS and AP mode.
Building on its MCU ecosystem of low-cost LaunchPad evaluation kits and BoosterPack plug-in modules, TI provides developers an easy way to design and evaluate Wi-Fi and Internet applications: Get started using TI’s SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 solution with the first wireless connectivity LaunchPad evaluation kit. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack allows customers to connect to any MCU, including the ultra-low power MSP430(TM) LaunchPad. If customers have not selected an MCU or want to get started quickly, they can begin software development with a PC and the CC3100 BoosterPack plus the Advanced Emulation BoosterPack using SimpleLink Studio.
SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 solutions are available now through TI eStore and TI authorized distributors: CC3200 LaunchPad is available for $29.99, CC3100 BoosterPack + CC31XXEMUBOOST + MSP-EXP430F5529LP bundle is available for $49.99, CC3100BOOST + CC31XXEMUBOOST bundle is available for $36.99, CC3100 and CC3200 production units will be available in July and will be part of TI’s sample program. Costs are as follows: CC3100 is $6.70 in lots of 1,000 units and CC3200 starting at $7.99 in similar volumes. CC3100 and CC3200 modules will be available in 3Q.