At the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, Nev., Texas Instruments showed off its newest Internet of Things SimpleLink module aimed at making it simpler for end users to install as a wireless home network.
“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.
He said the latest SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 module available from TI features a SmartConfig a Wi-Fi configuration process developed by TI that allows multiple in-home devices without displays to connect to a Wi-Fi network via a smartphone or tablet—in just one easy step.
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.
Using SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 modules, he said 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.
SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 pre-production modules are sampling now. Production modules will be available in 1Q 2013 through TI authorized distributors. The SmartConfig technology iOS app is available now on the App Store. The SmartConfig technology app will be available for Android in 1Q 2013. SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 Evaluation Modules and BoosterPacks are available on the TI eStore.
Other products in the SimpleLink family include: SimpleLink GPS CC4000, SimpleLink ZigBee CC2530ZNP, SimpleLink 6LoWPAN CC1180 and SimpleLink ANT CC2570/1.