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Certified Modules Ease Adding WiFi to Device Designs

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A family of certified modules offers a quick, easy and cost-effective way for device and appliances manufacturers to add Wi-Fi capabilities to their products. The GA1011M module from Gainspan provides a serial UART or SPI interface, enabling connection to any embedded design utilizing a 8/16/32-bit microcontroller via simple commands. The GS1011M is a suitable solution for organizations with limited or no Wi-Fi or RF expertise, as it not only dramatically reduces RF design time, but also removes the burden of testing and certification, allowing customers to focus on their core application, product or expertise. The module supports data rates up to 11 Mbit/s, is compliant with 802.11b and meets regulatory and Wi-Fi Alliance requirements.

Multiple software configurations are available for the stack running on the module. For applications utilizing a small 8-bit microcontroller host, the module supports a serial to Wi-Fi function and runs the full Wi-Fi and TCP/IP networking stacks, completely offloading the host. For applications utilizing more powerful microcontrollers, the networking stack and services can reside on the host while the module provides the IP to Wi-Fi functionality. In addition, it supports WEP/WPA/WPA2 security, Adhoc as well as Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for ease of provisioning.

Gainspan, San Jose, CA. (408) 454-6630. [www.gainspan.com].