Microchip Technology launched the RN-131 and RN-171 PICtail/PICtail Plus daughter boards. The new modules are based on Roving Networks modules. The Microchip modules use a simple serial interface to connect with any PIC microcontroller. The RN-131 PICtail Daughter Board and RN-171 PICtail Daughter Board are available now. The RN-131 is priced at $44.95 each, and the RN-171 PICtail Daughter Board is priced at $39.95 each.
The Roving Networks RN-171 and RN-131 fully certified modules feature a true 802.11 b/g radio, baseband processor, TCP/IP stack and a host of networking application features. No external processor drivers are required, enabling Wi-Fi connectivity for 4, 8, 16 and 32-bit processors. This on-board-stack approach significantly reduces integration time and development effort in a small form factor, while offering ultra-low power consumption (down to 4 µA in sleep, 35 mA in receive and 120 mA in transmit mode).
Roving Networks RN-171 and RN-131 Features
- FCC/CE/IC certified 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g transceiver
- Plugs into the Microchip Explorer 16 and PIC18 Explorer development boards
- Adds wireless capability to designs targeting the Microchip development eco-system
- Compatible with 4, 8, 16, and 32-bit MCUs
- 4 µA sleep, 38 mA Rx, 120 mA Tx at 0 dBm (RN-171-PICTAIL)
- 4 µA sleep, 40 mA Rx, 210 mA Tx (RN-131-PICTAIL)
- Configurable transmit power
- PCB trace antenna (RN-171-PICtail)
- On-board ceramic chip antenna (RN-131-PICtail)
- 2 jumpers (for use with the PIC18 Explorer board only)