Murata launches Wi-Fi network controller module for healthcare equipment, industrial control and monitoring markets

By Telecom Lead Team: Murata Wireless Solutions has
introduced its SN8200 Wi-Fi Network Controller Module.

The SN8200 is a small, low power, self-contained,
certified Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi
connectivity to the internet. It is good for manufacturers who are looking to
add wireless connectivity to home appliances or other devices for the
healthcare equipment, industrial control and monitoring markets.

The SN8200 is enabled with Broadcom’s Wireless Internet
Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) architecture and SDK. It hosts 11n
Wi-Fi, TCP/IP network stack, security supplicant and other network application
features, such as web server, all integrated within the module.

Our breakthrough self-hosted Wi-Fi and networking
software stack eliminates the impact on host processors in resource-constrained
devices. Murata’s combination of Broadcom’s WICED software architecture and
SNIC protocol delivers an ideal solution for emerging markets such as connected
appliances, smart energy systems and cloud-based health and home management
services,” said Brian Bedrosian, product line director, Embedded Wireless Local
Area Networks, Broadcom.

It provides Murata’s Simple Network Interface Card (SNIC)
serial-to-Wi-Fi interface protocol that treats the Wi-Fi module as a simple
serial port. This significantly reduces the development and integration effort
for design engineers and shortens time-to-market.

Additionally, the SN8200 module is FCC and IC Certified.
It is compliant with ETSI standards EN 300 328 and EN 301 489. The module is
capable of extended operating temperature and life-time expectancy that helps
to support a variety of applications and environments.

The SN8200 includes the IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
system-on-chip (SOC) from Broadcom and an STM32 32-bit ARM Cortex M3
microcontroller from STMicroelectronics that hosts the networking application
and provides the network stack and Wi-Fi API. The module combines a diversity
enabled RF front end, PMU and on-board antenna.

The SN8200 is the first module from MWS’s Network
Controller Module product line. The family is comprised of footprint compatible
modules with flexible software personalities and hardware configurations to
match customer needs. Variants include antenna diversity, microcontroller
speed, flash memory size, peripheral interfaces and advanced software feature
options like access point mode, Wi-Fi Direct, Smart Energy Profile 2.0, and

The SN8200 is a game-changer in design. It provides a
rich feature set and easy-to-use, turnkey solution for any application. This
will definitely shorten the customer design cycle and greatly enable rapid
development of next generation wireless products,” said Mehul Udani, general
manager of Murata Wireless Solutions.

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