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TI's SimpleLink Wi-Fi module improves user experience

07 Jan 2013

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Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has recently announced the availability of its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module. The module is the company's latest solution to address the needs of Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.

The module uses the unique SmartConfig technology, a Wi-Fi configuration process technology developed by TI that allows multiple in-home devices without displays to connect to a Wi-Fi network via a smartphone or tablet.

The CC3000 module now also supports service discovery applications on phones, tablets and PCs using Bonjour zero-configuration networking technology, making it easier for consumers to quickly identify and manage networked devices. The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module is compatible with low-cost, low-memory microcontroller (MCU) systems, such as TI's MSP430 family.

"The need to easily connect display-less devices to the wireless network has become a barrier to wide deployment of connected-home products," said Gil Reiter, marketing director, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "With TI's SmartConfig technology, ODMs can reduce the complexity of consumers' in-home provisioning through a simple Wi-Fi setup application for smartphones or tablets that gets a SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000-enabled device on the network with just one click. Once devices are connected, the consumer's experience gets even better with intuitive service discovery capabilities that allow for easy device control and monitoring."

The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 will be demonstrated at CES 2013 in the TI Village, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Using SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 modules, design engineers can take advantage of a complete support platform including a comprehensive Wiki, sample applications, support community, user guide and porting guide for faster time-to-market.

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Figure 1: SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution features and benefits .

SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 pre-production modules are sampling now. Production modules will be available in 1Q 2013 through TI authorised distributors for $9.99 in 1,000-unit quantities. The SmartConfig technology iOS app is available now on the App Store. The SmartConfig technology app will be available for Android in 1Q 2013.

Samples of the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 pre-production modules can be found here.




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