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Simplify Internet-of-Things hardware requirements with Texas Instruments’ CC3200

The CC3200 WiFi system-on-chip from Texas Instruments – a new entrant into the Texas instruments SimpleLink wireless connectivity family, aims to provide an easy to use, power-efficient “Internet on a Chip” platform that is specifically aimed at Internet-of-Things applications.

As a single-chip solution, the CC3200 offers a programmable microcontroller, memory and peripherals such as ADC and DAC all built-in alongside the Wi-Fi radio – giving you an easy, compact and cost-effective platform with which to design applications that include Wi-Fi connectivity in a wide range of industrial, consumer and home electronics applications.

The CC3200 is a complete platform for wireless IoT connectivity – including supporting software, sample applications, tools, user and programming guides and reference designs. By offering a very low power consumption, the CC3200 is well suited to battery-operated devices, with a power-efficient radio subsystem and advanced low power microcontroller sleep modes. An example of this is the hibernate with RTC mode that requires less than 4 micro amps of current.

Based around a powerful and industry-standard 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller core running at 80 MHz, together with an on-board Wi-Fi radio, the CC3200 can replace a microcontroller and a separate communications chipset in many embedded or Internet-of-Things applications.

Furthermore the CC3200 offers easy development of wireless products, with fast Wi-Fi connection, a full on-chip network stack, cloud support and robust security protocols on board. The device includes a wide variety of peripherals in the applications MCU, including a fast parallel camera interface, I2S, SD/MMC, UART, SPI, I2C, and four-channel ADC.

The Wi-Fi network processor contains an additional dedicated ARM MCU that completely offloads the applications MCU, and a 802.11 b/g/n radio, baseband, and MAC with a powerful crypto engine for fast, secure Internet connections with 256-bit encryption – along with support for Station, Access Point, and Wi-Fi Direct modes.

Security is covered as the CC3200 provides the ability to securely and easily connect embedded devices to secure Wi-Fi networks using a Web browser, phone or tablet app, with multiple options for easy provisioning including TI’s SmartConfig technology, WPS or AP mode.

This means that the SSID and password for your wireless LAN does not need to be hard-coded into firmware, and provisioning your device to connect to a different network in the field can easily be accomplished without a firmware change. The CC3200 makes it easy to build embedded wirelessly networked and Internet-connected applications, requiring no prior Wi-Fi experience to get your product connected.

Learning more about the CC3200 is easy thanks to the extensive documentation and development tools provided by Texas Instruments. Rapid prototyping is possible thanks to compatibility with the simple “Energia” development environment, and compatibility with TI’s extensive LaunchPad and BoosterPack ecosystem of development boards and hardware evaluation peripherals.

The ARM Cortex-M4 provides the CC3200 with a core microcontroller that is popular and well supported in the embedded development community, and silicon is available in small volumes, making it accessible for prototype purposes and for small-scale developers.

Similarly, all relevant data sheets and documentation for the CC3200 are publicly available from the Texas Instruments website without approval or NDA. The CC3200 comes in a compact QFN package with fully integrated RF front-end and analogue subsystems, allowing developers to put the device directly onto a PCB with minimal RF engineering expertise and minimal board real estate.

To make it easy to get started, TI also provides various kits and software tools, a FCC-certified LaunchPad development module, reference designs, development documentation and sample applications, alongside community support through their “Engineer 2 Engineer” forum.

The CC3200 LaunchPad is an evaluation and development platform for the CC3200 wireless connectivity SoC, which features on-board JTAG emulation and includes sensors for a full out-of-the-box experience. This board can be directly connected to a PC for use with development tools such as TI’s Code Composer Studio and IAR Embedded Workbench.

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The SDK for the CC3200 SimpleLink Wi-Fi platform contains drivers for the CC3200 system-on-chip microcontroller, documentation to get you started, and code for more than 40 sample applications.

It also contains the tools you need in one place, to flash firmware to the device, configure software parameters and provision wireless network parameters such as SSID and authentication.

Furthermore the Internet and cloud-side possibilities are enhanced thanks to Texas Instruments’ and their partner companies – who have established a cloud ecosystem for Internet-of-Things applications. These cloud services will help designers and manufacturers using TI connectivity solutions to easily and rapidly connect their IoT designs to cloud-computing Internet services.

The TI IoT cloud ecosystem is made up of a number of IoT cloud service providers that provide a range of different value-adding services on top of TI’s IoT hardware solutions, providing options to meet the Internet-of-Things needs of IoT product designers and manufacturers with known compatibility and interoperability across the IoT stack from the silicon to the Web services level. 

 Partners include 2lemetry, Arrayent, ExoSite, Xively and IBM – and these companies have teamed up with TI to provide a range of cloud-connected demo applications, documentation and resources specifically aimed at the SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 LaunchPad and other compatible IoT hardware products.

At this point we hope you realise that the CC3200 offers an compact, secure and power-saving option for your current or future Internet-of-Things device. The next step is to contact the team at the LX Group where we not only share your passion for embedded hardware and the Internet-of-Things – our team of solutions architects, engineers and specialists is ready to partner with you for your success in the IoT marketplace. Getting started is easy – click here to contact us, or telephone 1800 810 124.

LX is an award-winning electronics design company based in Sydney, Australia. LX services include full turnkey design, electronics, hardware, software and firmware design. LX specialises in embedded systems and wireless technologies design.

Published by LX Pty Ltd for itself and the LX Group of companies, including LX Design House, LX Solutions and LX Consulting, LX Innovations.

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