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TI's SimpleLink connects everyday objects with Wi-Fi

1/18/2012 06:01 PM EST
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joes8888
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joes8888   1/18/2012 6:56:34 PM
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Well put, Sylvie.

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joes8888   1/18/2012 7:00:07 PM
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I love how TI calls this "off-the-shelf". Hello, it's still an ASIC! Not like I'm going to go to Home Depot and buy a couple to network my fridge... :-)

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gsdg90   1/18/2012 7:04:07 PM
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Its about time! This new generation of very small stand-alone MCM's (Red Pines also makes one) makes it much easier to incorporate WiFi into embedded devices. Previously, we had to either deal with Linux (MAJOR annoyance!!!) or use large and bulky devices. I look forward to using this module in combination with a Stellaris micro controller.

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gsdg90   1/18/2012 7:08:49 PM
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Joe, Compared to the options just a few months ago for embedded WiFi integration, this is as good as something you'd buy at Home Depot!

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parity   1/18/2012 8:00:31 PM
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The day is close where every man can put a web-cam on his dog Fido and hook'em to the internet with their own sound activated Twitter account and live stream to Fido's Facebook page. This is on big group of yet untapped users for Facebook - WiFi enabled PETS !! Quick, I need to file a patent before Zuckerberg claims it was his idea...

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DrFPGA   1/18/2012 9:26:14 PM
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How about a solution that just uses an SPI or I2C port on either side and wireless in between? Is that what this thing does?

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y_sasaki   1/18/2012 10:15:57 PM
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You can get overview of CC3000 in TI's wiki website. http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/CC3000_Wi-Fi_for_MCU Though the primary interface is SPI, I don't think it is SPI-WiFi-SPI bridge. I guess there might be simple commands (set SSID, set WEP key, send packet, etc) defined on SPI so your MCU can exchange packets over WiFi network.

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docdivakar   1/18/2012 10:45:09 PM
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@gsdg90: I think TI beat others like STM and Marvell (in addition to Red Pine you cited) to the punch, figuratively speaking! I understand they are working on providing solutions for internet of things. In fact, EE Times did a story in 2011 on Marvell's SEP: http://www.eetimes.com/design/smart-energy-design/4229848/SEP--Smart-Energy-Profile--2-0-Uncovered MP Divakar

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Bob Lacovara   1/18/2012 11:28:08 PM
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Depending on the price, it's a nice way to get all sorts of little things connected. I'd love to be able to routinely have a look at the house thermostats. It's also likely to be cheap enough to get my wireless barbeque thermometer off the RF link it's using, and onto the house network. The folks interested in smart appliance control need a really inexpensive solution... few white good manufacturers want to add dollars to their cost... nickels are more like it. My washer and dryer have a certain amount of internal diagnostics, but entering the diagnostic code enables involves dialing the controls back and forth... a nuisance. Would be much nicer to just look at the machine from my computer. Lots of applications here if the connection is easy, fast and cheap.

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mkurtz   1/18/2012 11:54:50 PM
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@Dr DSP and @y_sasaki, the CC3000 uses SPI to interface to the microcontroller inside the system. You can learn more about the architecture as well as the APIs at the wiki link shown above...

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