Microchip ramps embedded wireless offering


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: Bluetooth, Microchip, wireless, wireless sensor, Zigbee

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