- June 08, 2010
June 8, 2010 Microchip Technology announced agency-certified MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi transceiver modules. The IEEE 802.11 module firmware has an easy-to-use API driver interface to Microchips free TCP/IP Protocol stack and 8-, 16- or 32-bit PIC microcontrollers.Embedded designers are increasingly leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure to enable wireless communication in a broad range of remote monitoring and control, and machine-to-machine applications, such as smart-energy monitors. Microchips low-power MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules enable the Internet of Things by removing the complexity and cost of developing RF circuitry and obtaining agency certification. Additionally, Microchip has improved its free TCP/IP stack, and offers free EZconfig and ZeroConfig utility protocols, to make commissioning and configuring Wi-Fi networks easy.Development ToolsMicrochip created the MRF24WB0MA PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164136-4, $59.99) to enable development with the new Wi-Fi module. This daughter board plugs into the Explorer 16 and PICDEM.net 2 boards to allow easy, modular development with hundreds of 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, as well as the dsPIC DSCs. Availability & PricingThe MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules are available today, for $29.40 in single-unit quantities.