GainSpan's Newest Reference Design Codes Provide Easy Wi-Fi Connectivity to Atmel and STMicroelectronics MCUs

Reduce development time; give access to advanced networking features

Aug 28, 2012, 11:00 ET from GainSpan Corporation

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in low power embedded Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things, today announced the availability of Wi-Fi Reference Design Code for two additional families of microcontrollers (MCUs)— Atmel® AVR® and STMicroelectronics' STM32 MCUs.  The new drivers make it easy to add Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing designers to reduce development time and bring quickly to market embedded systems based on these Atmel and STMicroelectronics' MCUs.   


The release of the new code adds to GainSpan's portfolio of driver software in support of popular MCUs, from Freescale, Renesas, Texas Instruments, Microchip and now STMicroelectronics and Atmel.

With the new drivers, customers can easily use Atmel AVR and STM32-based products to communicate with any GainSpan Wi-Fi module through a serial interface.  The modules offer advanced networking features and capabilities not readily available with other Wi-Fi modules including enterprise security, embedded DHCP, DNS and HTTP (S) servers, XML parser, discovery and more.  

The code is easily portable to other host microcontrollers. The Application code includes TCP, UDP and HTTP traffic to support multiple concurrent sockets, and AP functionality. With its small memory footprint, the new reference code can run on the most memory constrained MCUs. Even when including the drivers, UDP, TCP and multiple sockets, it uses less than 8 Kbytes of flash and 2 Kbytes of RAM, and can be used with the IAR Embedded Workbench Kickstart Edition.

"With the explosion of the Internet of Things, a wide variety of low-power MCUs are now being used as the engines for embedded devices," said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing, GainSpan. "Although we have close relationships and tighter solution integration with selected MCU vendors, we support our customers in their choice of popular MCUs."


The new Atmel AVR and STM32 reference design code is available now and can be downloaded from GainSpan's website. Customers can choose host interfaces, security, provisioning methods, for their embedded devices, without the need of an expensive compiler, using the SDK-Builder.

About GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan is the leading semiconductor solutions company in low power Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi connectivity for the Internet of Things. Its easy-to-use chips, modules and software, let customers leverage the large base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy and control/monitoring in industrial, commercial and residential markets. The solutions feature an ultra-low power SoC that consumes just a few µA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms, ideal for battery operated devices requiring long life. The Wi-Fi chip handles all Wi-Fi functionalities, networking and security stacks.


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