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Wireless Development Environment supports MiWi apps

Posted: 09 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MiWi  wireless development  star network  mesh network 

Microchip Technology Inc. expands its MiWi Development Environment (DE) offering a complete ecosystem for designing ISM-band star and mesh wireless networking products targeted at the home and industrial automation, wireless sensor monitoring and control and smart energy markets.

The MiWi DE is comprised of Microchip's free, proprietary MiWi P2P, MiWi and MiWi PRO star and mesh networking protocol stacks; the 8bit Wireless Development Kit (WDK) and ZENA Wireless Adapters (2.4GHz, 868MHz and 91MHz); and the multipurpose Wireless Development Studio (WDS) with cross-platform support for the Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems.

Low-power wireless connectivity is becoming increasingly popular in many embedded microcontroller applications, and Microchip's new additions to the MiWi DE combine to make it easy for designers to add wireless connectivity. Aiding in the creation of medium to large wireless systems, the new MiWi PRO mesh-networking protocol supports up to 64 hops and 8,000 nodes in an integrated mesh-network topology.

According to the company, the Wireless Development Studio allows the quick, easy development of wireless applications based on the MiWi protocols. It features a MiWi protocol sniffer for monitoring, debugging and gathering information, and a configurator with a graphical user interface that enables the simple customisation and configuration of wireless networks.

Microchip's two new hardware tools simplify wireless application development. The ZENA Wireless Adapters meet customer demand for a portable, multi-function development tool. When paired with the Wireless Development Studio, the ZENA Wireless Adapters can be used for sniffing, probing and testing; or, they can be configured as a node on the network. The 8bit Wireless Development Kit provides extreme Low Power PIC microcontroller users with an easy-to-use platform for developing, evaluating and testing low-power, cost-effective embedded wireless connectivity. It features a pair of wireless PICtail daughter boards, two battery-friendly 8bit XLP PIC MCU development boards and the ability to add additional nodes to create a larger wireless network.

The MiWi PRO protocol stack—as part of the expanded MiWi DE, the Wireless Development Studio, 8bit Wireless Development Kit-2.4GHz MRF24J40 (part # DM182015-1) and the ZENA Wireless Adapter-2.4GHz MRF24J40 (part # AC182015-1) are available today via free download at the Microchip website.

ZENA adapters for 868MHz and 915MHz wireless applications are expected to be available in Q4 2011.

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