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.
Microchip Technology introduced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board. The PLM PICtail provides communication over power lines using a Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK) modulation scheme. The PLM PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit features two daughter boards, two sets of high-voltage adapter cables, royalty-free schematics, demo code and software in source-code format. It is supported by the free MPLAB IDE. The Microchip board kit (part # AC164142) is available now for $225.