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Atmel expands its SmartConnect Wireless Portfolio with its Wireless Combo SOC

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SAN JOSE, CA: Micro controller and touch solutions provider Atmel Corporation is all set to expand its SmartConnect wireless portfolio with the introduction of wireless combo system-on-chip (SOC) for the aggressively scaling Internet of Things (IoT) market. It is coming up with a new fully integrated WILC3000 wireless link controller which combines Wi-fi 802.11n and Bluetooth Smart-ready technologies and compacts it in a square of 4.1mm sided Wafer Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) which consumes less power, along with Atmel’s patented adaptive co-existence engine.

Designed to be an ideal fit for IoT and wearable applications, Atmel's WILC3000 Wi-Fi solution is quite user favorable wireless connectivity companion for any microprocessor (MPU) running Android or Linux MPUs as it offers multiple peripheral interfaces including UART, SPI, I2C, and SDIO, along with the associated cloud-ready connectivity software.

Accompanying WILC3000, Atmel also releases WINC3400 network controller featuring embedded flash memory which allows the device to host network services stack, Wi-Fi stack, and Bluetooth Smart profiles for rapid design development. The WINC3400 is compatible with any Atmel AVR or Atmel | SMART MCUs. It also offers On-Chip Network Stack to minimize host CPU requirements. The Network features include TCP, UDP, DHCP, ARP, HTTP, SSL, and DNS.

Additionally the WINC3400 SiP includes Bluetooth Smart profiles allowing connection to advanced low energy application such as smart energy, consumer wellness, home automation, security, proximity detection, entertainment, sports and fitness and automotive. This solution also supports Atmel’s cloud-ready software for simple cloud connectivity.

Kaivan Karimi, Vice President and General Manager of Wireless MCUs, Atmel Corporation says, "Adding cloud connectivity to devices in the industrial, medical, wearable, fitness and other consumer markets will require a combination of embedded Wi-Fi with Bluetooth optimized for low battery consumption, and support for out-of-the-box, cloud ready software. Atmel's SmartConnect WILC3000 and WINC3400 address these requirements by delivering a compact cloud-ready Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-certified platform that helps bring customer products faster to market."

Jointly the WILC3000 and WINC3400 provide the highest integration on a low burning of cash for material. The only external clock sources required is a high-speed crystal or oscillator with a wide range of reference clock frequencies supported (14-40 MHz) and a 32.768 kHz clock for sleep operation.