Microchip ramps embedded wireless offering

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Microchip has added to its embedded wireless offerings with support for Bluetooth, 802.11 and ZigBee standards.

The PIC32 Bluetooth audio development kit, featuring modules, stacks and CODECs, and XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks. 

The Wi-Fi offerings comprise IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with Microchip’s free source-code TCP/IP stack running on a PIC microcontroller. 

Microchip is also adding a low-power 2.4GHz radio that supports, for the first time in one chip, both the IEEE 802.15.4 and proprietary data rates (from 125 kbps to 2 Mbps), including the ZigBee, MiWi and other proprietary protocols.

Examples of low power radio applications include battery-powered home and industrial automation wireless-sensor mesh networks, as well as ZigBee RF4CE-standard-based remote controls. 

Microchip’s next-generation, 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 MRF24XA transceiver radio has an operating voltage range of 1.5 to 3.6V and receive power consumption of only 13mA. 

The low-power and agency-certified MRF24WG0MA/MB modules connect at all IEEE 802.11b/g data rates, up to 54Mbit/s, and are Microchip’s first to support a sustained throughput of 5Mbit/s.

The PIC32 Bluetooth audio development kit builds on an existing stack-integrated Bluetooth audio module with a new low-cost, agency-certified Bluetooth HCI transceiver module based on a standard radio, AVRCP and A2DP Bluetooth profiles tailored for the PIC32, as well as both standard and advanced audio CODECs such as SBC, AAC and MP3.

Tags: 802.11, Bluetooth, mesh networks, Microchip, pic microcontroller, wireless, wireless offerings, wireless sensor, Zigbee

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