Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Broadcom Develops Wi-Fi subsystem for New Class of Connected Devices

Broadcom introduced a self-contained Wi-Fi subsystem with embedded processor aimed at a new class of connected appliances, smart energy systems and cloud-based health and home management services. The idea is to provide a "self-hosted" Wi-Fi and networking software stack that eliminates any impact on host processor to manage connectivity in resource-constrained devices.

The new Wi-Fi module, featuring the Broadcom BCM4319 wireless LAN MAC/baseband/radio, includes an embedded processor and unique "self-hosted" Wi-Fi networking library and software application stack, allowing manufacturers to integrate wireless connectivity into any MCU based consumer product. WICED-based modules enable the addition of secure, interoperable Wi-Fi functionality via a simple serial port using a basic command set that does not require any significant changes in product micro-controller architectures.

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