Wireless Development Tools Enable WiFi in PIC MCU Designs
Microchip Technology announced the availability of the ZeroG Wireless ZG2100M and ZG2101M Wi-Fi Modules, ZeroG IEEE 802.11 Development Kit for Explorer 16 (part # AC164136) and the ZeroG Wi-Fi PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164136-2). Microchip and ZeroG Wireless, Inc. began a joint engineering program to develop an optimized Wi-Fi solution for embedded designers and resulted in modules for Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC® MCUs and dsPIC DSCs, and their agreement ensures long-term compatibility and availability of this joint solution. The ZeroG Wireless “Wi-Fi I/O” (ZG2100M and ZG2101M) is an easy-to-implement, low-power, low-system-cost Wi-Fi solution that provides Wi-Fi connectivity for nearly any electronic device. The new Microchip development tools are based on the standard Microchip PICtail and PICtail Plus daughter-board connectors, which allow a designer to plug Wi-Fi connectivity into a variety of Microchip development kits. These kits allow easy development with the 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs, as well as the dsPIC DSCs using the broad Microchip development tools and MPLAB Integrated Development Environment. The ZeroG IEEE 802.11 Development Kit for Explorer 16 (part # AC164136) is available for $189.99. The ZeroG ZG2100M and ZG2101M Wi-Fi transceiver modules are also available today for $31.95 each in single-unit quantities.