The module is ideal for application development due to its small footprint, high efficiency and low power consumption, achieved through the use of the Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko MCU and the Qualcomm Atheros AR4100 Wi-Fi System-in-Package. Measuring just 30x18mm the RTX4100 also features a built-in and an external antenna and can be integrated into devices supporting various wireless standards including 802.11 b/g/n.
The RTX4100 Wi-Fi module allows fast and easy application development of low power sensor and actuator solutions – enabling devices, machines and other systems to connect directly to the Internet for a wide range of emerging machine to machine (M2M) applications. Embedding Wi-Fi directly inside a device makes installation extremely simple as it can use existing infrastructure and works “out of the box” with applicable cloud services.
“Our Board Support Package and application framework makes rapid and efficient development possible, and the customer can choose from a range of different libraries to rapidly enable e.g. emerging white goods and smart energy applications to be integrated using a zero-cost tool chain,“ said Peter Mariager, chief technology officer at RTX.
Adam Lapede, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Atheros, comments: “This module is an expansion of the Qualcomm Atheros ecosystem that leverages the AR4100 low power 802.11n Wi-Fi, enabling use of small foot print, low cost, and low power microcontrollers for the ‘Internet of Things’ application space.”
The RTX4100 Wi-Fi module will be demonstrated on Energy Micro's stand 1-523 during Embedded World from 28th Feb. to 1st Mar. 2012.