The folks from GainSpan Corporation
, a leader in low-power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, today introduced SDK-Builder, a web-based tool that enables developers to select Wi-Fi features and build custom binary for their embedded devices, with no IDE tool chain. SDK-Builder, the first such tool for the embedded Wi-Fi market, reduces development cost for companies designing connected devices based on GainSpan's Wi-Fi modules.Editor’s Note: Click Here to see my column explaining concepts like IPv4, IPv6, The Internet of Things, 6LoWPAN, and lots of other “Stuff”
SDK-Builder eliminates the need to use pre-built firmware binary images, but rather allows users to create custom firmware binary images on-demand tailored to their applications. This new tool provides a baseline default configuration (essential wireless stack features, WPA/WPA-2 personal security and networking services) and then lets developers choose the additional software features and functionalities by selecting them on a menu. Features include host interfaces, security, provisioning methods, application layer protocols, and over-the-air firmware upgrade, using external flash and other test modes.
In addition, SDK-Builder provides developers with built-in intelligence to eliminate invalid code combinations, a real time binary file size indicator to show total memory usage, and error alerts when memory limits are exceeded. "With our growing customer base, there was increasing interest from customers with no expertise or no special customization needs, to get a low cost tool to customize the binary image for a given device without code development,"
said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing at GainSpan. "SDK-Builder is the perfect tool for them." GainSpan embedded Wi-Fi modules
SDK-Builder can be used with GainSpan's family of certified Wi-Fi modules: the GS1500M is a leading-edge 802.11b/g/n solution, while the GS1011M is an ultra-low power 802.11b solution which is ideal for battery operated devices. Pricing and availability
The new SDK-Builder is available immediately by purchasing an annual subscription license. The tool is accessible from sdkbuilder.gainspan.com
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