GainSpan launches low-cost Wi-Fi modules for Internet of Things applications

Telecom Lead America: GainSpan Corporation has launched
GS1011MIxS and GS1011MExS, low-cost Wi-Fi modules for enterprises.


The new modules are designed to provide a significant
reduction in footprint and offer an easy to integrate, compact and
cost-effective solution for an explosion of emerging Internet of Things


The company claims that the GS1011MIxS and GS1011MExS are
complete 802.11b low power consumption Wi-Fi connectivity solutions. The
GS1011MIxS provides low power Wi-Fi connectivity with +9dBm of transmit output
power, while the GS1011MExS is an extended range solution offering best in
class transmit power of +18dBm. 


Moreover, the GS1011MIxS and GS1011MExS offer easy system
integration and minimal use of host resources. The modules provide both
UART and SPI interfaces, making it possible to connect to any 8-32 bit
microcontroller using simple AT commands. 


The modules are pre-loaded with serial to Wi-Fi firmware
with complete Wi-Fi functionality including security, WPS and provisioning
features running on the module as well as the networking stack, an embedded
HTTP server with network configuration pages, and limited AP capability for
ease of provisioning.    


The modules feature built-in trace or external antenna
options through a U.FL connector, an industrial operating temperature range
from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius, and are certified or pre-certified for all
major regulatory requirements including FCC, IC and ETSI.


“We’re seeing a proliferation of requirements for
connected devices in terms of form factors and geometries. At the same time,
smaller and space constrained connected devices are being developed, such as
wristbands used for tracking.  GainSpan’s’ expanding portfolio of modules,
drivers to support various microcontrollers, and software solutions is playing
a critical role in helping device manufacturers bring products to market
quickly,” said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing, GainSpan.


GainSpan unveils SDK-Builder to create custom Wi-Fi solutions


Recently, GainSpan launched a web-based tool called
SDK-Builder. The new tool enables developers to select Wi-Fi features and build
custom binary for their embedded devices, with no IDE tool chain. The company
claims that SDK-Builder, the first such tool for the embedded Wi-Fi market,
reduces development cost for companies designing connected devices based on
GainSpan’s Wi-Fi modules.


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