Texas Instruments Incorporated premiered its first module platform housing the WiLink™ 6.0 (WL1271) single-chip, wireless combo solution with TI’s open source, Linux-based OpenLink™ drivers. The OpenLink drivers are built on the community-validated mac80211 Wi-Fi driver and BlueZ Bluetooth® protocol stack. The first in a series of such open source platforms from TI, the new WiLink 6.0 OpenLink platform is pre-integrated with TI’s AM18x Sitara™ ARM® microprocessors (MPUs). This enables customers developing industrial or point-of-service applications on cost-effective ARM MPUs to easily introduce reliable, low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies. More information can be found here:

Introducing OpenLink Wi-Fi Access Points
Today’s release also signifies the first time TI’s customers can easily repurpose Sitara ARM MPU-based designs as Wi-Fi access points via the new WiLink 6.0 OpenLink platform. OpenLink technology offers mobile-grade, battery-optimized Wi-Fi connectivity supporting native Linux designs, giving customers tested wireless technologies that can be easily re-integrated into designs as they migrate from one kernel version to the next. Additionally, TI’s mac80211 Wi-Fi driver is optimized to maximize system level throughput.

As a result, battery-friendly customer products built on Sitara ARM MPUs can serve as a mobile Wi-Fi gateway or support peer-to-peer file transfers with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. These capabilities eliminate the need for external access points and create new opportunities for unique use cases depending on mobile, self-networking devices.

The Quick-Start Experience and Other Key Features
The AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit is the latest version of TI’s original AM18x Sitara ARM EVM and includes elements that create a unique, quick-start experience right out of the box. Meaning a user can be up and running with a demo application in 30 minutes or less.

Key features include:

· OpenLink™ open source drivers
(Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies)
· Predefined, validated hardware interfaces and software functionality
·  WPA supplicant, hostapd, BlueZ Stack, Open Obex software profiles 
· Integrated system components
(all firmware, low-level drivers and applications)
· Optimized system-level power consumption and throughput
· Robust TI E2E community and third party support

Benefits include:

· Native Linux connectivity solutions
· Simplified re-integration with Linux kernel upgrades
· Peer-tested technologies
· First-time availability of soft access point via AM18x Sitara ARM EVM
· Reduced engineering costs, faster time-to-market
· Lower power, higher throughput in complex system use cases
· Innovation through collaboration
· Faster time-to-market

Pricing and availability

The production-ready WiLink 6.0 (WL1271) OpenLink module is packaged as a daughter card and bundled in the AM18x Sitara ARM EVM + WL1271 Development Kit, priced at $1,150.00. For customers already working on an AM18x Sitara ARM EVM, the standalone daughter card is available for $249. [Note: The WiLink 6.0 OpenLink daughter card is compatible with all existing AM18x Sitara ARM EVMs, except the AM1810 Sitara ARM MPU.]

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