The folks at Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas
have just introduced their Pmod-compatible CC3000-based Wi-Fi adapter development kit
This fully integrated and pre-certified Wi-Fi adapter includes a built-in internet protocol stack and is designed to attach to Avnet FPGA development boards, or any other host board with a Pmod interface connector. These kits cost only $59.00 and are available for order now at www.em.avnet.com/pmodwifi“In today’s IP-connected world, there is a growing need for OEMs to include Wi-Fi connectivity in their end-products,”
said Joe Tillison, technology director for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “But many devices don’t have the memory or processing power to operate a TCP/IP networking stack. With the protocol stack and network processor conveniently built into this module, even a basic 8-bit microcontroller or FPGA can have easy access to Wi-Fi networks.”
The CC3000-Pmod Wi-Fi kit is compact, measuring just over one square inch (about the size of two postage stamps), and connects to any host board with the Digilent Pmod-compatible 2 x 6 pin header. Designed in partnership with LS Research (LSR), the module features a TiWi-SL 802.11b/g module based on the Texas Instruments SimpleLink CC3000, and an onboard chip antenna.
The built-in IP networking stack provides universal Wi-Fi and Internet access without the need for a complex CPU and OS, employing a small API command set that is easily incorporated into a Xilinx FPGA using the MicroBlaze Soft Processor core. The CC3000-Pmod kit enables MCU or FPGA developers to create a variety of wireless applications requiring Wi-Fi network access, including over-the-air configuration updates. The adapter is FCC/IC/ETSI and CE certified and is RoHS compliant. “Wi-Fi connectivity is quickly becoming required for many new product designs,”
said Bill Steinike, president of LSR. “The LSR TiWi-SL module coupled with the LSR designed Pmod adapter development kit provides a fast and cost effective way for customers to easily integrate a certified Wi-Fi solution.”
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