GainSpan Announces Support for Freescale Kinetis MCUs for The Tower System Wi-Fi Module

Developers using Kinetis 32-bit MCUs can speed product development for connecting devices

San Jose, CA - GainSpan® Corporation, a leader in wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced support for the Freescale Semiconductor Kinetis ARM Cortex™-M4 processor, extending GainSpan's support across Freescale's microcontroller portfolio, which also includes ColdFire® processors. Developers using the Tower System can now quickly and easily add Wi-Fi connectivity, using the TWR-WIFI-G1011MI module, enabling fast development of connected devices to support the growing demand for Smartphone monitored and controlled devices, and "Internet of Things".

With growth in the "Internet of Things," there's tremendous interest in web-enabling devices. Customers want to embed Wi-Fi into all kinds of designs – consumer appliances, thermostats, security and access control systems, home portable medical devices, and condition based monitoring systems, among others," said Jeff Bock, director of marketing industrial & multi-market microcontrollers at Freescale. "We are pleased to see GainSpan follow up quickly in supporting our new microcontroller product lines".

"Time to market is essential for our customers in today's competitive environment. Our close collaboration with Freescale and quick support for their new microcontroller product lines is critical to provide our customers with a high performance, feature rich and easy to integrate solution for their connected devices," said Bernard Aboussouan, vice president of marketing, GainSpan.

Tower System Wi-Fi Module Features

The TWR-WIFI-G1011MI has on-board GS1011MIP Wi-Fi module from GainSpan featuring a highly integrated and low power SOC, consuming just a few µA of standby current and with a few ms of wake-up latency, for battery operated devices requiring years of battery life. It connects to the Kinetis host microcontroller through UART or SPI interfaces and using simple AT commands.

The GS1011MIP module software supports all Wi-Fi features including WEP/WPA/WPA2 personal and enterprise security, Over-The-Air firmware update, and the IP to Wi-Fi functionality, utilizing the Freescale Kinetis powerful networking stack and services. Alternatively the networking stack and services can be offloaded from the host microcontroller and run on the GS1011 SOC. For ease of provisioning, three provisioning modes are available — Wi-Fi Protected Set-up (WPS), Web server based Ad hoc provisioning and Provisioning Access Point modes.

The module is fully certified for major worldwide regulatory regions. It is an ideal solution for organizations with limited or no Wi-Fi or RF expertise, as it not only eliminates RF design time but also reduces the burden of testing and global certification, allowing customers to focus on their core product and application.

About the Tower System

The Tower System provides a customizable, modular embedded design environment that helps developers quickly evaluate and prototype their applications. As they require more functionality and design capabilities, developers can easily add more modules that suit their design needs. The Tower System Wi-Fi module offers seamless integration with Freescale's MQX™ software solution. This peripheral module is designed to be combined and used with other microcontroller and peripheral modules in the Tower System.

About GainSpan Corporation

GainSpan, a spinoff of Intel Corporation, is an innovator and leader in semiconductor solutions for wireless connectivity for the rapidly emerging Internet of Things. GainSpan's solutions let customers easily create connected products for smart homes, health and fitness, audio and video applications, and control and monitoring in commercial, industrial applications, and smart cities. Its broad portfolio includes ultra-low-power Wi-Fi modules and chips, embedded software including an extensive networking stack, application reference designs and apps for iOS and Android, development tools, and an expanding network of partner solutions.