Qualcomm Atheros Announces New High-Performance, Low-Energy Wi-Fi System-in-Package for Internet of Things

Aimed at customers implementing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in the smart home, building and appliances channels.
The AR4100P is the latest product within the Qualcomm Atheros Internet of Everything portfolio, which includes standards-based wired and wireless technologies that enable scalable IP infrastructure for smart energy, intelligent home, security, building automation, remote health and wellness monitoring, and other M2M applications.

The AR4100P is featured in Qualcomm Atheros’s SP137 development kit, which is a reference design for low-power IP sensors. The development kit integrates Energy Micro’s EFM32 Gecko low-energy Cortex-M3 microcontroller running the Micrium µC/OS-III™ operating system. With a well of additional onboard sensors, the energy friendly Wi-Fi kit supports deep sleep modes of only 2uA, enabling operation off just AA batteries. The kit also includes expansion capabilities for additional sensors and can be easily ported to other microcontrollers or operating systems as required. The design flow for the kit is centered on the Embedded Workbench® Integrated Development Environment from IAR Systems.

The Qualcomm Atheros AR4100P is part of a new software release that also includes significantly upgraded capabilities for the AR4100. The AR4100 is supported on the TWR-WIFI-AR4100 development kit available from Freescale via their website.