Microchip Technology introduced their Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, which is an easy, cost-effective and flexible add-on for embedded evaluation and development using many 16/32-bit PIC microcontrollers or dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). The kit features Microchip Bluetooth PICtail Plus Daughter Board, 16-bit USB PIC24FJ256GB110 and 32-bit CAN/USB PIC32MX795F512L Microcontroller Plug-in Modules, and CandleDragon’s dotstack Bluetooth demonstration stack and SPP profile. The Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit (part # DM183036) is available now for $109.99.
The WireX converter, from eDevice, enables legacy equipment with embedded analog modems to immediately be switched from connecting through the traditional phone line to connecting through a cellular GSM / GPRS wireless network. WireX is the first Analog-To-Wireless converter designed for self installation by the end-user. It does not require any changes on the existing legacy device, the user only needs to disconnect the phone cable from the wall and plug it into the WireX dial-up connector. The data previously transferred over the phone link is then automatically transmitted using phone line emulation over a GPRS or GSM data cellular network. WireX is ideal for remote patient monitors, telecardiology monitors, alarm and security systems, TV set-top-boxes, point-of-sale equipment, energy metering systems, security, and access control devices.
Digi International announced the ConnectCore 3G embedded module. The ConnectCore 3G features Qualcomm Gobi technology, which supports High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) or Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) networks. With ConnectCore 3G, develoeprs can develop one solution for use anywhere in the world with the same hardware. It is ideal for remote device management solutions in energy, fleet management, digital signage, industrial automation, and security/access control applications. Digi ConnectCore 3G Digi JumpStart Kits will be available in December 2010 for $499.
Microchip Technology and Powercast introduced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. The kit features a 3-watt Powercaster transmitter power source, two P2110 Powerharvester receiver evaluation boards, two custom-designed wireless sensor boards, the XLP 16-bit Development Board pre-loaded with jointly developed application software, and an IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver. The included transmitter can wirelessly power sensor devices from more than 40 feet away. The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors is available now for $1250.
The Digi m130 is an embedded module that enables OEMs to add GSM/GPRS, global positioning system (GPS) and ORBCOMM satellite connectivity to their products. The Digi International product enables remote connectivity to mobile assets via cellular or satellite networks. The Digi m130 is available now for $169 in 10,000 quantities. Development kits are available now for $1,299. The Digi m130 is ideal for fleet management and asset tracking applications.
u-blox introduced the LISA family of small, ultra-fast wireless modems. LISA is ideal for ultra-portable devices requiring high speed wireless Internet access (such as mobile computing, car infotainment, telematics systems, hand-held terminals, automatic meter reading, fixed wireless terminals, telehealth, remote displays and point of sales terminals). Samples and evaluation kit will be available in early Q1, 2011. Operator and standards bodies’ certification is in progress.
e-con Systems announced the e-WiB Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. The e-WiB is based on the Marvell 88W8688 (Marvell 8688), which features 802.11b/g and Bluetooth class 2.1 EDR. The Wi-Fi Bluetooth add-on module is designed as single antenna for WiFi and Bluetooth. e-WiB features SDIO/SPI interface for Wi-Fi and UART/SDIO interface for Bluetooth. The small size and low profile physical design makes it easy for system design to add wireless connectivity. The e-WiB module is available with Windows CE 6.0 R3 support.
Ethernet Direct rolled out the Falcon FWI-705 industrial 2.4GHz wireless ceiling access point. The FWI-705 links two or more separate networks to create a single expanded LAN network cost effectively and efficiently. A built-in 4dBi directional antenna is included for flexibility in installation. The Falcon FWI-705 supports three different operation modes: Access Point, Repeater, and AP + WDS. The wireless ceiling access point features WEP encryption and WAP function. The Ethernet Direct FWI-705 is ideal for industrial applications.
The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U ICs, from STMicroelectronics, enable designers to connect an antenna to a Bluetooth transceiver using a single chip. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are integrated baluns, used to convert the antenna signal to a balanced pair of signals as required by the Bluetooth transceiver. The new devices occupy up to 70% less printed-circuit-board area, simplify design and assembly, and ensure better balanced signal channels with low losses. The BAL-2593D5U and BAL-2690D3U are in production now, in 4-bump flip-chip packages, priced at $0.25 for a minimum order of 5000 pieces.
Laird Technologies introduced the enhanced WLM400/402 802.11b/g Wireless LAN modules. The modules offer real throughput many times that of the sub-megabit range. The WLM400/402 modules are designed to make wireless integration simple with its data throughput, low-power consumption, and ease of use. The WLM400/402 is ideal for streaming wireless applications, whether as infrastructure connections or video cable replacements in ad-hoc mode.