Microchip Expands Embedded Wireless Portfolio With New Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® and ZigBee® Products

  Microchip Expands Embedded Wireless Portfolio With New Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®
  and ZigBee® Products

   Expansion Includes PIC32 Bluetooth Digital Audio Kit, Feature-Rich Wi-Fi
 Modules, IEEE 802.15.4 & Proprietary Radio, and XBee^® Compatible Bluetooth
                              and Wi-Fi Modules

DESIGN West 2013

Business Wire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- April 22, 2013

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of
microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced
a major expansion of its embedded-wireless portfolio from the DESIGN
West/Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose. The Bluetooth^® additions
include the PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, featuring modules, stacks
and CODECs, and XBee^® footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated
stacks. The new Wi-Fi^® offerings comprise IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with
Microchip’s feature-rich and free source-code TCP/IP stack running on a PIC^®
microcontroller for greater configurability, as well as XBee
footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks for ease of use.
Microchip is also adding a low-power 2.4 GHz radio that supports—for the first
time in one chip—both the IEEE 802.15.4 and proprietary data rates (from 125
kbps to 2 Mbps), including the ZigBee^®, MiWi™ and other proprietary

View a brief presentation on these new products:

“Whether you are designing wireless networks optimized for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi,
ZigBee or proprietary protocols, Microchip has you covered,” said Steve
Caldwell, director of Microchip’s Wireless Products Division.

There are many wireless-network designs that need to operate with very low
power consumption. Examples include battery-powered home and industrial
automation wireless-sensor mesh networks, as well as ZigBee
RF4CE-standard-based remote controls. Microchip’s next-generation, 2.4 GHz
IEEE 802.15.4 MRF24XA transceiver radio provides a very low operating voltage
range of 1.5 to 3.6V and receive power consumption of only 13 mA, which
enables years of battery life. This is also Microchip’s first radio that can
support both the IEEE 802.15.4 and proprietary data rates (from 125 kbps to 2
Mbps), including the ZigBee, MiWi and other proprietary protocols.

Some designers want an easy way to migrate their 802.15.4 designs to either
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, in order to make them accessible from smart phones and
tablets, or to add Internet connectivity. This includes applications such as
wireless sensor networks, remote monitoring/control and measurement, and M2M
cable replacements for home, commercial and industrial networks. The RN XV
series of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth socket modules provide agency-certified, drop-in
connectivity for any XBee socket.

To simplify designs, the stacks are integrated on the module, configured via
simple ASCII commands, and can easily connect to any MCU via a serial

Other designers want to add more extensible Wi-Fi functionality, such as a
complete Web server and email, via a configurable source-code TCP/IP stack
that is resident on one of many PIC microcontrollers. The new low-power and
agency-certified MRF24WG0MA/MB modules connect at all IEEE 802.11b/g data
rates, up to 54 Mbps, and are Microchip’s first to support a sustained
throughput of 5 Mbps. This provides a footprint-compatible migration path for
users of Microchip’s existing Wi-Fi modules who need greater speed or
increased access-point compatibility, along with more features.

Bluetooth digital audio is rapidly expanding in high-volume applications such
as accessories for smart phones and tablets, as well as audio sound bars. To
meet this demand, designers need a cost-effective development platform that
provides high-quality audio. Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers provide
a high-performance platform for developing quality digital-audio playback and
accessories. The new PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit builds on
Microchip’s existing stack-integrated Bluetooth audio module with a new
low-cost, agency-certified Bluetooth HCI transceiver module based on a
standard radio, AVRCP and A2DP Bluetooth profiles tailored for the PIC32, as
well as both standard and advanced audio CODECs such as SBC, AAC and MP3.
Additionally, this kit can be used with Microchip’s existing Made for iPod^®
and Android™ stacks. Together, these elements provide a versatile and powerful
development platform with a high level of customization and flexibility.

Pricing, Availability and Development Support

The MRF24XA 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 transceiver is sampling today in a 32-pin
QFN package. Pricing starts at $1.89 each in 1,000-unit quantities. It is
supported by the MRF24XA PICtail™/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part #
AC164152-1, $24.95), which is expected to be available in May.

The XBee footprint-compatible, 20-lead RN41XVC and RN42XVP Bluetooth socket
modules, as well as the RN171XVW, RN171XVS and RN171XVU Wi-Fi socket modules,
are all available today, starting at $14.56 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
These socket modules are supported by the Evaluation Kit for RN XV Series
(part # RN-XV-EK1, $24.95), which is available now.

The 36-pin MRF24WG0MA and MRF24WG0MB Wi-Fi modules are available today at a
cost of $18.75 each, in 1,000-unit quantities. These Wi-Fi modules can be
evaluated using the Wi-Fi G Demo Board (part # DV102412, $50.00) and
MRF24WG0MA PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164149, $35), both of
which are available now.

The PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit (part # DV320032), is available now
via Microchip’s Early Adopter Program, and is expected to be widely available
this summer. Contact any Microchip sales representative if you are interested
in joining the early-adopter program for this kit.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or
authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at
http://www.microchip.com/get/J2XU. To purchase products mentioned in this
press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized
distribution partners.

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Module Photos

  *MRF24WG0MA Wi-Fi Module: http://www.microchip.com/get/2HJQ
  *RN171XVW Wi-Fi Socket Module: http://www.microchip.com/get/FTQR
  *RN42XVP Bluetooth Socket Module: http://www.microchip.com/get/LXNQ

Tool Photos

  *PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit: http://www.microchip.com/get/JUKP
  *Wi-Fi G Demo Board: http://www.microchip.com/get/XA62
  *MRF24WG0MA PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board:
  *MRF24XA PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board:
  *Evaluation Kit for RN XV Series: http://www.microchip.com/get/LSNA

Block Diagrams

  *PIC32 Bluetooth Digital Audio System: http://www.microchip.com/get/KFTE
  *MRF24WG0MA/MB Wi-Fi Modules: http://www.microchip.com/get/1TT1
  *MRF24XA 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 Transceiver:
  *RN XV Series of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Socket Modules:

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Note: The Microchip name and logo, and PIC are registered trademarks of
Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A. and other countries. MiWi, and
PICtail are trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S.A. and other
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